Blueprint to Help Urban School Districts Effectively Spend New Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds

The Council of the Great City Schools has released a blueprint to help urban school districts spend new Covid-19 federal dollars strategically and effectively. It sets out overarching goals for the use of funds; articulates broad investment strategies; defines principles for the effective use of funds; articulates things that school districts should avoid doing as Read more about Blueprint to Help Urban School Districts Effectively Spend New Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds[…]

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A New Way to Gauge Schools’ Success Serving Highest-Need Students

Writing for FutureEd, Bryan Hassel and Greg Lippman describe a project that attempts to develop a new measure of school performance that clearly identifies which schools are doing the best job with vulnerable student populations. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Knowing a school’s numbers of English language learners, students with disabilities, and students eligible Read more about A New Way to Gauge Schools’ Success Serving Highest-Need Students[…]

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July Issue Brief: Teacher Wellness

Although almost everyone understands the importance of student well-being, there is much less consideration for the well-being of teachers themselves. Healthy educators are more productive, less likely to be absent, and better equipped to support student development when they themselves are mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally well. By creating opportunities and infrastructure for employee wellness Read more about July Issue Brief: Teacher Wellness[…]

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Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation

Excel in Ed has established the first comprehensive learner-centered education to workforce continuum for state policy, Pathways Matter. Beginning in K-12 and extending to and through postsecondary and on to employment, this resource takes the fragmented narrative and structure of state education to workforce policy efforts and turns it into a comprehensive policy continuum. PathwaysMatter.org Read more about Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation[…]

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What the Research Says about College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance recently released the latest in a series of new fact sheets focused on providing short explainers on college in high school programs like dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school. The latest fact sheet, entitled What the Research Says About College in High School Programs summarizes three Read more about What the Research Says about College in High School Programs[…]

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Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success

A new resource from Education Strategy Group highlights the importance of prioritizing alignment of advising across K-12 and higher education, and offers a vision for achieving that alignment by laying out a concrete framework,  action steps, and resources for the many stakeholders who have a role to play.  The report recommends that all students receive Read more about Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success[…]

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Issue Brief: Learning Pathways

Career-connected learning pathways – including internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative education programs – allow students to gain work experience while in high school. Through these programs, young people can develop employability and technical skills that can help them succeed beyond high school, including through building positive relationships with adults, developing social capital, and building their networks. Read more about Issue Brief: Learning Pathways[…]

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Addressing students’ mental health needs coming out of the pandemic

Over the past year, extended school closures caused by Covid-19 have wreaked havoc on our nation’s students. Thousands have lost parents, grandparents, and family friends to the virus. Children and teenagers have suffered from a lack of routines and extracurricular activities and the inability to see their friends and classmates. Their moms and dads have Read more about Addressing students’ mental health needs coming out of the pandemic[…]

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A DEI Guide to Teacher Preparation Outcomes and Indicators

High-quality teacher preparation can play a critical role in dismantling inequities in education, such as disparities in student achievement and access to high-quality education, which often exist and persist along racial and ethnic lines. Black and Latinx students and students experiencing poverty – like Indigenous, Asian and other students of color – are more likely Read more about A DEI Guide to Teacher Preparation Outcomes and Indicators[…]

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Present Danger: Solving the Deepening Student Absenteeism Crisis

With coronavirus vaccinations rising, Covid cases falling, and schools reopening, education leaders are turning their attention to expanding learning opportunities post-pandemic.  But strikingly high rates of student absenteeism threaten that work. A new FutureEd report on attendance trends in five school districts serving nearly 450,000 students suggests that student absenteeism has been far greater during Read more about Present Danger: Solving the Deepening Student Absenteeism Crisis[…]

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Accelerate, Don’t Remediate: New Evidence from Elementary Math Classrooms

Research suggests students have experienced more unfinished learning over the last year than ever before. With the COVID-19 pandemic waning, school systems are facing a critical choice about how to respond. Should they use the traditional approach of reviewing all the content students missed, known as remediation? Or should they start with the current grade’s Read more about Accelerate, Don’t Remediate: New Evidence from Elementary Math Classrooms[…]

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How Schools Adapt during the Pandemic Can Reshape Adolescent Learning Experiences for Generations

As COVID-19 caused unimaginable disruptions to public education, some schools and districts doubled down on innovation and commitment to supporting high school student success. CRPE is working with a diverse group consisting of researchers from the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), SRI International, The Christensen Institute, and the Education Trust to map a Read more about How Schools Adapt during the Pandemic Can Reshape Adolescent Learning Experiences for Generations[…]

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Navigating Policy for Personalized, Competency-Based Education

Covid-19 exacerbated and brought attention to inequities long present in public education. Facing inconsistent access to learning across distances, students will leave this period with months of what’s been called “lost learning.” Short of repeating a full year, addressing these gaps presents a grave challenge for traditionally structured schools. Competency-based education (CBE)—an approach where learning Read more about Navigating Policy for Personalized, Competency-Based Education[…]

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The Education Data that Matter Most to Parents and School Stakeholders

Most existing school accountability systems do not give leaders—especially those at the local level—a recipe to follow that leads to better outcomes for students. That is, accountability systems are too often designed without critical information about the component parts and the most effective step-by-step process for education stakeholders to follow in order to reach the Read more about The Education Data that Matter Most to Parents and School Stakeholders[…]

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Inaugural PISA Data on Students’ Growth Mindset and Teaching Practices

Writing for the Fordham Institute,  Jeff Murray recently reviewed the results of a new Growth Mindset survey administered for the first time with the 2018 PISA assessment. Excerpts of the piece appear below: For the 2018 administration of the test, PISA included a “growth mindset” instrument. Students who have this mindset believe that intelligence is Read more about Inaugural PISA Data on Students’ Growth Mindset and Teaching Practices[…]

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We must ensure communities can keep the innovations that kids need

Writing for the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), Steven Hodas and Travis Pillow recently highlighted community-based learning innovations that have emerged during the pandemic and urged readers to work to preserve the best of these innovations. Excerpts of their article appear below: Policymakers are understandably eager to return to normal as soon as possible. Read more about We must ensure communities can keep the innovations that kids need[…]

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