Solutions to Build a 21st Century Connected Credentialing System

As automation, AI, and other technological advances continue to disrupt jobs, more Americans will need to upgrade their skills throughout their lives to stay competitive. Right now, however, the postsecondary credentialing system is fragmented. It doesn’t acknowledge or connect the learning that happens through different sources of education–from school to work to the military. And Read more about Solutions to Build a 21st Century Connected Credentialing System[…]

Equity Maps App Tracks Student Discussions for Better Understanding of Dialogue Skills

Writing for The 74, author Tim Newcomb reviews a new iPad app that tracks student discussions to facilitate student growth of dialogue skills, including conversation flow and inclusion. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Educators can think of the iPad app Equity Maps as a digital ball of yarn, one that tracks data on in-class Read more about Equity Maps App Tracks Student Discussions for Better Understanding of Dialogue Skills[…]

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February Issue Brief: Dual Enrollment

Whether you call it early college high school, dual enrollment, or college acceleration, the line is blurring between high school and college, and for good reason. Students who earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school as well as earn a four-year degree, and they do so earlier in life Read more about February Issue Brief: Dual Enrollment[…]

How Teacher Preparation Programs Can Help All Teachers Better Serve Students With Disabilities

The Center for American Progress recently released recommendations to states, teacher preparation programs, and districts to improve the preparation of teachers to serve students with disabilities. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Roughly 7 million students in the K-12 public school system–14 percent–are identified as students with disabilities. Of these, more than 62 percent spend Read more about How Teacher Preparation Programs Can Help All Teachers Better Serve Students With Disabilities[…]

Updates to Evidence for ESSA: New Sections on SEL and Attendance

The Evidence for ESSA website, previously launched by Bob Slavin and his group at Johns Hopkins has been very popular among education leaders seeking reliable evidence on educational programs. To date, the evidence-based programs featured on the website have focused on PK-12 reading and math, and programs continue to be added and updated as evidence Read more about Updates to Evidence for ESSA: New Sections on SEL and Attendance[…]

The Science of Talking in Class

Writing for The Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay recently reviewed research on how to guide students in productive discussions and group work. Excerpts from the piece appear below:  A team of U.K. researchers collected all the studies they could find on peer interaction, in which children are either discussing or collaborating on an assignment together in Read more about The Science of Talking in Class[…]

Implementing ESSA Evidence-Based Standards

Across the nation, states are working to implement the evidence standards for education interventions outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. The 10 national Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) are building capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to understand 1) what constitutes an evidence-based practice and 2) how to Read more about Implementing ESSA Evidence-Based Standards[…]

Three State Policy Priorities to Give Every Student Effective, Diverse Teachers

When it comes to ensuring every student gets great teachers, state governments play a crucial and underappreciated role. Without access to the right data, school systems will struggle to match the supply and demand for new teachers. Without certification policies that prioritize student impact over paper credentials, too many talented people will be shut out Read more about Three State Policy Priorities to Give Every Student Effective, Diverse Teachers[…]

D.C. Continues to Improve its Teacher Evaluation System

Amber Northern, writing for the Fordham Institute, recently explored research on the latest iteration of the District of Columbia‚Äôs teacher evaluation system and found that continuous, thoughtful changes to the system have resulted in sustained improvements in teacher effectiveness in the city. Excerpts of the piece appear below: In their recent report, researchers Tom Dee, Read more about D.C. Continues to Improve its Teacher Evaluation System[…]

Transforming Professional Learning: Actions for States to Help Teachers Continuously Improve Their Instructional Practices

If schools want to significantly improve student outcomes, they need to help millions of hardworking teachers continuously improve their instructional practice. Yet in many districts, the professional development fails to produce positive changes in the classroom, despite substantial investments of money and time. To develop their instructional practices, teachers require a professional learning system with Read more about Transforming Professional Learning: Actions for States to Help Teachers Continuously Improve Their Instructional Practices[…]

Scaling Effective Teacher Professional Development

Writing for Brookings, authors Molly Curtiss and Jenny Perlman Robinson explore the promises and challenges associated with scaling up effective teacher professional development. Excerpts of their piece appear below: The outsized impact of teachers on student learning makes it clear that successfully improving learning outcomes at scale will require reckoning with how to scale teacher Read more about Scaling Effective Teacher Professional Development[…]

Debunking the Myth of Seat-Time: A National Analysis of Seat-Time Requirements for Credit

Time-based systems, also known as “seat-time” requirement systems, still form the basis of today’s traditional schools. The prevailing assumption has been that state policies for seat-time requirements constrict schools and hinder attempts to innovate. However, far more flexibility exists than originally thought. New research by ExcelinEd examining seat-time requirements for awarding credit and graduation reveals Read more about Debunking the Myth of Seat-Time: A National Analysis of Seat-Time Requirements for Credit[…]

Four Principles for Designing the Future of Teaching in 2020

Writing for the Clayton Christensen Institute, Thomas Arnett recently detailed a vision for the redesign of the role of the teacher. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Given the overflowing demands on teachers’ time, we need to reinvent the classroom and the roles of teachers so that teachers can tackle the meaningful and important work Read more about Four Principles for Designing the Future of Teaching in 2020[…]

The Power of The Science of Learning in Action

What happens when teachers start using science of learning principles? A new, rigorous study suggests some very powerful outcomes for students. A group of researchers have been exploring the question of what happens when teachers get professional development based on the science of learning. Their latest research article explores the effectiveness of two approaches to Read more about The Power of The Science of Learning in Action[…]

Boosting Learner Agency with Student Self-Assessment

Writing for KnowledgeWorks, Sarah Pazur reports on the results of a program to increase learner agency through self-assessment in FlexTech High Schools. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Teachers who leverage the power of self-assessment can significantly raise student achievement by teaching students self-regulatory processes. At FlexTech High Schools in Michigan, educators piloted three tools Read more about Boosting Learner Agency with Student Self-Assessment[…]

Few States Consider Prior Job Performance When Licensing Out-of-State Teachers

New data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reveal that the majority of states (35) do not ask for evidence of prior successful teaching for those teachers coming from out of state who are applying for a teaching license-in spite of imposing many demands covering a host of other factors. As important, there Read more about Few States Consider Prior Job Performance When Licensing Out-of-State Teachers[…]