Living Improvement: Resources from the 2021 Carnegie Summit

Since 2014, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has hosted the annual Summit on Improvement in Education. It is a key moment where individual practitioners and teams from schools, districts and charter school organizations, institutions of higher education, and intermediaries come together to learn and connect with fellow improvers in the field. In Read more about Living Improvement: Resources from the 2021 Carnegie Summit[…]

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Reimagining the Teaching Job

Recently, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) released a toolkit focused on reimagining the teaching job. An overview of the resources included appears below: Students deserve teachers who thrive in a job that is dynamic, rewarding, collaborative, and sustainable—especially as we all work to recover from the learning, family, and community losses of the past two years. Read more about Reimagining the Teaching Job[…]

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Re-Envisioning Mathematics Pathways to Expand Opportunities

For too many students, the misalignment of high school and postsecondary mathematics requirements is an unnecessary barrier to reaching their academic and career goals. Although the nature of careers has evolved over time, mathematics curriculum and instruction have largely remained unchanged; but in recent years, some states’ postsecondary and K-12 systems have begun to adjust Read more about Re-Envisioning Mathematics Pathways to Expand Opportunities[…]

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Should schools group students by ability?

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Scott J. Peters and Jonathan Plucker recently reviewed the research on student ability grouping in middle and high schools. Excerpts from the piece appear below: One of the most contentious debates in American education focuses on whether to group students into classrooms using some measure of prior achievement. Whole class Read more about Should schools group students by ability?[…]

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Designing for Deeper Learning: Challenges in Schools and School Districts Serving Communities Disadvantaged by the Educational System

Designing for and implementing deeper learning across classrooms and schools that serve communities disadvantaged by the U.S. educational system is challenging. A new paper from the Carnegie Foundation illuminates this challenge by asking the question: What would designers of interventions at the classroom, school, and district levels have to take into consideration when they want Read more about Designing for Deeper Learning: Challenges in Schools and School Districts Serving Communities Disadvantaged by the Educational System[…]

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Transforming education systems: Why, what, and how

The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings and the Ministry of Education of Sierra Leone have teamed up to pose a shared vision of education system transformation. Collectively they offer insights on transformation from the perspective of a global think tank and a national government, highlighting on-the-ground lessons from designing and implementing system-wide educational Read more about Transforming education systems: Why, what, and how[…]

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Exploring Integrated, Schoolwide SEL in Two Innovative High Schools

A new RAND report reviews two Opportunity by Design (ObD) high schools in which practices for supporting students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) were implemented schoolwide and integrated into teachers’ academic instruction. The ObD initiative was launched by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the design and creation of a network of small, Read more about Exploring Integrated, Schoolwide SEL in Two Innovative High Schools[…]

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The Playbook to Leverage the Power of Communities of Practice

Through its Collaborating States Initiative (CSI), CASEL has observed that state policymakers who have created foundational policies to advance social and emotional learning (SEL) often become interested, as a next step, in creating a statewide community of practice (CoP) to engage districts and schools around a shared vision to promote implementation of SEL. To this Read more about The Playbook to Leverage the Power of Communities of Practice[…]

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A revealing reality: Spring 2022 survey of teachers and administrators

As schools reopened last fall, many education leaders and stakeholders predicted that most online learning would fall away, and teachers and students would begin to recover from an unprecedented event. But new data from the Christensen Institute’s ongoing, nationally-representative surveys of hundreds of teachers and administrators have uncovered fascinating insights into what’s actually happening in Read more about A revealing reality: Spring 2022 survey of teachers and administrators[…]

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Partnering to Scale Instructional Improvement: A Framework for Organizing Research-Practice Partnerships

For decades, researchers and educators alike have been caught in waves of reforms that sought to change the quality of teaching and learning at scale. The press to make instruction more engaging has been amplified by calls to make our educational systems more effective and equitable. While progress has been made in identifying practices and Read more about Partnering to Scale Instructional Improvement: A Framework for Organizing Research-Practice Partnerships[…]

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The Nation Faces School Attendance and Graduation Crises

Writing for Governing Magazine, Carl Smith chronicles the nation’s growing school attendance crisis. Excerpts of the piece appear below: For K-12 students, chronic absence, generally defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days, has escalated into a “full-scale crisis” since 2019, says a new report from the nonprofit Attendance Works, with two- and Read more about The Nation Faces School Attendance and Graduation Crises[…]

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Teaching virtue in the digital age

Writing for the Fordham Foundation, Jennifer Frey recently argued the case for teaching cyber-wisdom and reviewed a new curriculum that seeks to do just that. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Practical wisdom generally is the habit of mind that allows one to make good practical judgments in the circumstances of her everyday life. Cyber-wisdom Read more about Teaching virtue in the digital age[…]

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Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform

Future Ed recently published a piece in which Michael Cohen and Laura Slover review the history of standards-based school reform and propose next steps for the future.  The long campaign to raise standards in the nation’s public schools, for decades the cornerstone of efforts to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes of traditionally underserved students, Read more about Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform[…]

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Continuously Improving Tiered Systems of Supports

While schools generally use a Tiered System of Supports to meet the diverse needs of students, this process is often used reactively and transactionally, rather than proactively. Engaging in ongoing refinement of their Tiered System of Supports can assist schools in providing effective and high-leverage schoolwide universal and personalized supports to all students. A new Read more about Continuously Improving Tiered Systems of Supports[…]

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Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say

Though kids are learning this year, many have fallen even further behind grade level. A new report from Brookings, written by Paul Hill and Kate Destler, draws from a national survey of school districts and in-depth interviews with six school districts. Highlights from the piece appear below:  Many school and district leaders had hoped to Read more about Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say[…]

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Trends Shaping Education 2022

Reflecting on the future of education does not mean simply pushing problems into the future. Rather, responsible policy-making pulls future developments into the present to learn and prepare. A new book from OECD is meant to challenge, to inspire, and, most of all, to encourage readers to ask themselves: “What do global trends mean for Read more about Trends Shaping Education 2022[…]

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