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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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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Districts Advancing Racial Equity Tool

Decades of reforms have proven insufficient to address persistent racial disparities in educational opportunities. In school systems across the United States, meaningful efforts to ensure access to strong educational opportunities require a bold and significant shift. A new tool from the Learning Policy Institute and the Racial Equity Leadership Network, a program of the Southern Read more about Districts Advancing Racial Equity Tool[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Making Education Everyone’s Business: Three Studies of Successful Education Advocacy

Business leaders play a critical role in ensuring that our education systems enable young people to gain the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to be successful in the current and future economy. Business voices can be powerful tools to help shape policy, champion programs, and advocate for greater coordination and alignment among the early Read more about Making Education Everyone’s Business: Three Studies of Successful Education Advocacy[…]

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Tools for Strong District-Teacher Preparation Program Partnerships

School districts and teacher preparation programs both play critical roles in setting educators up for success in the classroom. However, too often they work in isolation. By creating a partnership around shared goals, they can build a stronger, more diverse workforce–and provide a better and more equitable education experience to students. But how should they Read more about Tools for Strong District-Teacher Preparation Program Partnerships[…]

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Dozens of Arts Programs Could Receive Funding Under Federal Education Law

A new literature review from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) explores research available on arts integration activities and finds 44 that could qualify for ESSA funding (10 studies met Tier I-III evidence standards for strong, moderate or promising evidence, while 34 met the Tier IV standard for having a research-based rationale). Interventions include those Read more about Dozens of Arts Programs Could Receive Funding Under Federal Education Law[…]

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Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

In at least 10 U.S. cities, a new partnership schools model is emerging. This “third way” governance strategy can break through contentious district-charter divides and could help improve struggling schools or increase the number of high-quality neighborhood options. The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has released a new brief titled Partnership Schools: New Governance Read more about Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts[…]

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New Report by Education First: Ensuring High Quality Teacher Talent

As districts face the recurring problem of ensuring every student has access to a high-quality teacher, a growing number have begun to proactively form deep, mutually beneficial partnerships with teacher preparation programs to produce teacher candidates who match their specific needs. These partnerships, when done well, take significant time and resources on behalf of both Read more about New Report by Education First: Ensuring High Quality Teacher Talent[…]

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Business Resources for a College- and Career-Ready America

Achieve has released new resources directed toward the business community, to inform and rally more advocates for education reform. The Business Resources for a College- and Career-Ready America include modular resources for business leaders to use as they engage their internal and external networks of colleagues, peers, employees, and employers around the college- and career-ready Read more about Business Resources for a College- and Career-Ready America[…]

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Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Schott Foundation for Public Education recently released a new report, Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas and What to Do About Them.  The report, which is more of a guide for improving teaching effectiveness, is based on the plethora of evidence that links teaching quality Read more about Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas[…]

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Shut Up and Teach?

In a recent article for The Hechinger Report, classroom teacher Eric Shieh reflects on his experiences working with his union to fight budget cuts in his district.  As a music teacher in St. Louis, he was appalled by the district’s decision in 2007 to cut student time in the arts by 64% at the middle Read more about Shut Up and Teach?[…]

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Seizing the Opportunity

A new report from Education First and Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) details how state advocacy groups are working with state policymakers to advance education reforms.  To compile the report, PIE and Education First worked closely with Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas to get greater insight into Read more about Seizing the Opportunity[…]

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Lightening the Load: How Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching

  A new paper from the Center for American Progress takes a look at the increasingly talked about “wraparound services” for children in low-income communities, and the connections to teacher efficiency.  Wraparound services generally refer to non-classroom services such as health care, family involvement programs, and food assistance.  There is research on the potential benefits Read more about Lightening the Load: How Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching[…]

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Group Aims to Reverse Rural Teacher Turnover Rate

The annual turnover rate in rural Alaskan schools can be as high as 35%, compared with urban rates as low as 5%.  A new program in rural Alaska seeks to halt this trend through a new program that pairs rural schools with big-city counterparts.  Funded by a federal grant of nearly $2 million to launch Read more about Group Aims to Reverse Rural Teacher Turnover Rate[…]

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