What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency

America’ Promise Alliance has released a new report examining young people’s perspectives on the importance of relationships, belonging and agency to their overall learning.  What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, and Agency is the newest report in the How Learning Happens research series. Based on findings from a nationally Read more about What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency[…]

15 Invention Opportunities in Learning

Writing for Getting Smart, Tom Vander Ark outlines 15 opportunities to improve learning through invention. Excerpts of the piece appear below: The education and development systems that help people grow and contribute are facing 15 great challenges that block global progress in learning. These big invention opportunities are outlined below. Community Agreement Challenges Shared reality: Read more about 15 Invention Opportunities in Learning[…]

The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students

More than a million high school students across the nation participate in dual enrollment each year. Dual enrollment students are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees. But students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and low-income backgrounds do not have equitable access to or success in dual enrollment. Read more about The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students[…]

Planning for High-Quality Remote Learning – a Future Ready School Guide

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), in conjunction with the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) advisory team of nationally recognized school- and district-level practitioners, has developed Planning for High-Quality Remote Learning, a new resource to share ideas, best practices, and practical considerations for addressing the unique challenges of virtual learning. This guide helps school and district Read more about Planning for High-Quality Remote Learning – a Future Ready School Guide[…]

More districts should seize the opportunity to improve professional learning for teachers

Writing for the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Bree Dusseault, Georgia Heyward, and Travis Pillow provide an analysis of the professional learning opportunities that districts can utilize to support remote learning. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Districts have an urgent need to find new ways to help teachers learn on the job and hone Read more about More districts should seize the opportunity to improve professional learning for teachers[…]

State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance has released the second in a new series of policy snapshots, designed to explore policy issues impacting college in high school programs such as dual enrollment and early college high school.  This snapshot provides a discussion about the importance of states having quality assurance mechanisms for college in high Read more about State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs[…]

Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide

Far too many Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color lack access to educational resources, including technology, enrichment activities, suitable school buildings, and diverse and effective teachers. As if resource disparities were not enough, these students are often held back by low teacher expectations, exclusionary disciplinary practices, curricula that neglect the struggles and contributions of Read more about Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide[…]

Do students perceive their teachers and schools more positively when more of their teachers look like them?

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans has released a new study, based on a survey of almost 4,000 students, that finds Black students in New Orleans report more positive educational experiences, including less bullying and fairer discipline, in schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers. Ninety percent of children in New Orleans public Read more about Do students perceive their teachers and schools more positively when more of their teachers look like them?[…]

Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment

The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) has released the first in a series of policy snapshots. These resources are designed to explore specific policy issues impacting college in high school programs such as dual enrollment and early college high school. CHSA’s first snapshot concerns Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment Programs. The snapshot provides: Read more about Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment[…]

Micro-credentials for Educators

In the United States, current approaches to helping teachers engage in ongoing skill development, and equitably reward teachers with particular skill sets aligned with advanced career opportunities, are often woefully ineffective, and sometimes even non-existent. “Micro-credentials” are a recent addition to the mix of potential solutions to these issues. Like many buzz-words in education, this Read more about Micro-credentials for Educators[…]

Educator competencies for student-centered teaching

The idea of student-centered learning is not new; teachers have long sought to design personalized, competency-based environments that are tailored to individuals and that empower students to drive their own learning. What is new is the emergence of an online learning ecosystem and, with it, the technical possibility of equipping all students with a student-centered Read more about Educator competencies for student-centered teaching[…]

Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19

What may be possible for education on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic? It is hard to imagine there will be another moment in history when the central role of education in the economic, social, and political prosperity and stability of nations is so obvious and well understood by the general population. Now is Read more about Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19[…]

September Issue Brief: Student Engagement

Among high school students who consider dropping out, half cite lack of engagement with school as a primary reason, and 42 percent say that they don’t see value in the schoolwork they are asked to do. During emergency closures due to COVID-19, even students who were previously highly motivated began to disengage from learning. In Read more about September Issue Brief: Student Engagement[…]

Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

A new report from CASEL, Advancing Social and Emotional Learning as a Lever for Equity and Excellence, calls on researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to work hand in hand to further our collective understanding of how systemic SEL can contribute to more just, caring schools and communities where all individuals can thrive. As the pandemic and Read more about Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence[…]

A Framework for Policy and Practice

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) is the leading U.S. organization studying high-performing education systems and their implications for dramatically improving American education. In The Design of High-Performing Education Systems, NCEE has distilled the accumulated insights of 35 years of research from the world’s leading systems. The document organizes what they have Read more about A Framework for Policy and Practice[…]

Educator Preparation During COVID-19: Lessons Learned

As U.S. schools closed their doors this past spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a little-considered effect was the impact of school closures on the preparation of the next generation of educators. Teacher and leader candidates all over the country had their field experiences abruptly cut short, and educator preparation programs (EPPs)-in partnership with Read more about Educator Preparation During COVID-19: Lessons Learned[…]