Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools

Four years ago, Mary Catryn D. Ricker of the Shanker Institute and David Osher of AIR collaborated on the introduction to a book, Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools. Their introduction shared six practical, science-based principles that not only ground the book, but also speak to the current crises in education. These six principles are integral Read more about Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools[…]

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Employers in Six Communities Announce Youth-Designed Actions to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Employers in six communities in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas announced a series of new commitments to address and promote inclusion and belonging in the workplace for young employees of color. These commitments are the culmination of a unique collaboration supported by America’s Promise Alliance, known as Action Roundtables, between employers, nonprofit Read more about Employers in Six Communities Announce Youth-Designed Actions to Promote Diversity and Inclusion[…]

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Future Scenarios for Schooling

Just what the future of education looks like is opaque. But thanks to insights from Tracey Burns, an international education researcher, and others, some possible options for how school could change exist. Burns co-authored the recent Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling report, which looks at themes inside the education Read more about Future Scenarios for Schooling[…]

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Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging

The global COVID-19 pandemic pulled back the curtain on the growing need for greater student agency and student engagement. As we rethink the future of education in a post-pandemic world, learner agency must be at the center of learning designs and learning models so that we can support students anytime, anyplace, and at any pace. Read more about Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging[…]

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The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds

Writing for The 74, Paul Reville and Geoffrey Canada recently made the case that it is time for truly personalized learning for students. Excerpts of the piece appear below:  We believe the time has come for every child to have a success plan and a navigator, a caring adult to act as their advocate for Read more about The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds[…]

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Data matters, but only if it leads to effective teaching action

Recently, The Hechinger Report published an article that reviewed research showing that data analysis has not significantly improved student outcomes since the No Child Left Behind Act ramped up national data collection. Data — even high quality data— is of no value if it isn’t used effectively. In a response piece, Chris Minnich explains that Read more about Data matters, but only if it leads to effective teaching action[…]

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Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review

Over the last decade, educators have become increasingly interested in continuous improvement (CI) as a strategy for reform. CI requires practitioners to engage in iterative cycles of inquiry by defining local problems of practice, testing potential interventions, studying the results, and improving upon those interventions. This method of improvement stands in contrast to approaches focused Read more about Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review[…]

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Still Rising: Charter School Enrollment and Student Achievement at the Metropolitan Level

In the wake of the biggest education crisis in living memory, the need for transformational change is palpable and urgent. Accordingly, a new report from the Fordham Institute takes a fresh look at a question that is fundamental to the goals of many education reformers: Can a rising tide of charter schools carry students in Read more about Still Rising: Charter School Enrollment and Student Achievement at the Metropolitan Level[…]

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Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool

As youth apprenticeship has gained traction across the United States, many programs have adopted the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Definition & Principles for Youth Apprenticeship to guide program design and implementation. Building from those principles, PAYA has developed a new Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool as a piece of a four-step protocol aimed Read more about Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool[…]

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The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings

The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce explores how lifetime earnings vary by education level, field of study, occupation, industry, gender, race and ethnicity, and location. The lifetime earnings of a full-time full-year worker with a high school diploma are $1.6 million, Read more about The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings[…]

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How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research

Over the past two decades, the policy landscape and the research landscape of school leadership have experienced major shifts. High-stakes accountability, multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems, heightened policy attention to educational equity, and other changes have altered expectations for what leaders need to know, how they spend their time, and the outcomes—both what and for whom—they Read more about How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research[…]

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Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life

How might kids remake learning for a post-pandemic future? What advice might they have for adults? What approaches and strategies might they want us to use as we build futures focused on them? We won’t know if we don’t include youth and their perspectives in our conversations and strategic planning for teaching and learning. If Read more about Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life[…]

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State of the States: State Reporting of Teacher Supply and Demand Data

For any labor market to function properly, clear information is needed to guide decision making; its absence invariably leads to less than optimal decisions and inefficiencies. While the broader labor market is riddled with imperfect information, the teacher labor market is particularly vulnerable—largely for the lack of the most basic information. In a new analysis Read more about State of the States: State Reporting of Teacher Supply and Demand Data[…]

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PROOF POINTS: Researchers blast data analysis for teachers to help students

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay surveyed the difficulties in providing data to teachers and expecting instructional improvement. Excerpts of the piece appear below:  Teachers are spending a lot of time talking about student data. In a 2016 survey by Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research, 94 percent of middle school math teachers said Read more about PROOF POINTS: Researchers blast data analysis for teachers to help students[…]

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The Future of Testing in Education

In a new series, the Center for American Progress examines how assessments in public schools can become effective instruments that help to measure whether schools and educators are meeting the goals of education. It considers how assessments are designed and how their results are used and understood, and emphasizes that when done purposefully, these tests Read more about The Future of Testing in Education[…]

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Smart State Strategies for Building Intensive Tutoring Systems

In May 2021, Education Trust, Education Reform Now, and FutureEd published State Guidance for High-Impact Tutoring to help states implement successful tutoring programs. Now, a new follow-up publication outlines the features of effective and equitable state tutoring initiatives and provides examples of states that show promise in implementing them, to further support the work of Read more about Smart State Strategies for Building Intensive Tutoring Systems[…]

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