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    $250-million grant program launched to link learning and careers

    1/21/14 - Watanabe, Theresa

    California officials Tuesday opened applications for a $250-million grant program to help students connect their academic learning with careers, marking the nation’s largest effort of its kind, officials said.

  • A Deeper Look at Deeper Learning

    3/1/14 - Kysilko, David

    Policy makers who want to support students must grapple with a thorny question: "How do we create education policies to prepare youth for the world they'll enter tomorrow when our imagination and thinking is often limited to the world we live in today?" Those who grapple with this essential question recognize a significant challenge: the world, its opportunities and its complexities - including speed of communication, development and use of technology, global connectedness, and other trends...

  • A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

    4/1/14

    Numbering nearly 5 million during the 2010-11 school year, English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse and growing group of K-12 students whose varied linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds present unique needs and assets for the school community. Nationwide, the number of ELLs in the United States has increased by more than 10 percent in the past decade, although growth rates and percentages differ across states.

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    Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships

    1/1/13 - Walker, Lisa J.

    In June 2013, the Institute for Educational Leadership and Chapin Hall convened a group of people to reflect on the role of partnerships in advancing educational opportunities for children and youth in this country.

  • Advancing Adolescent Literacy: Pennsylvania Literacy Program Improves Student Opportunities, Outcomes, New Alliance Report Finds

    1/15/14 - Waite, Cyndi

    As one of only six states receiving a federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant, Pennsylvania has designed and implemented an innovative program that focuses on improved instruction and interventions to ensure every student is literate and graduates from high school ready for college and a career.

  • Behind in assessment and losing the shame game

    3/1/14 - Ferguson, Maria

    When the most recent PISA scores were released last fall, there was a flurry of headlines about America’s stagnant public schools. American students were characterized as being asleep at the wheel and in need of a major wake-up call. If we really wanted the public to look closer and try to understand why PISA, NAEP and other Behind in assessment and losing the shame game kinds of assessments are important, we would need to do more than just shame public schools. We would need to have a...

  • California's Transitional Kindergarten Program: Report on the First Year of Implementation

    4/23/14

    In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Kindergarten Readiness Act into law. The law changed the date by which children must turn 5 to enter kindergarten from December 2 to September 1, phasing in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date back one month per year for three years, beginning in fall of 2012. S.B. 1381 also established a new grade level - transitional kindergarten (TK) - which is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students born between...

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    Charter schools should educate, not discriminate

    1/13/14 - Dean, Amy B.

    Today traditional public schools are suffering cuts and closures at the hands of federal and state lawmakers — sometimes even at the hands of mayors. Schools committed to bilingual and English language learner (ELL) education, which serve kids who are learning English in addition to their native language, are as vulnerable as the rest. And the charter schools sprouting in U.S. cities, where many first-generation immigrants live, aren’t always able or willing to provide the same service.

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    District's Human Capital Strategies Develop Teachers and Produce Results

    1/1/13 - Knudson, Joel

    A new case study of California’s Garden Grove Unified School District tells the complicated but important story of a comprehensive approach to improving teaching. The case study, published by the California Collaborative on District Reform, found that the district’s relentless focus on supporting teachers from recruitment through retirement to ensure good outcomes for its diverse students pays off.

  • E-mentoring: The Difference an Hour Can Make

    2/4/14 - Dugan Schwartzbeck, Terri

    How often do you sit in front of your computer and realize an hour has quickly passed you by? Whether immersed in work, online shopping, catching up with people on Facebook, or reading the latest breaking news, it’s easy to spend an hour in the digital world. What if instead you used that hour to make a difference in the life of a student?

  • Early Academic Career Pathways in STEM: Do Gender and Family Status Matter?

    3/1/14 - Tanenbaum, Courtney; Upton, Rachel

    The gender inequities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic workforce are well documented and remain of concern, especially given the urgent calls to increase and broaden participation in STEM. Women of all races and ethnicities continue to compose a small number of science and engineering faculty at U.S. research universities and often do not receive the same level of recognition, career affirmation, and resources as their male colleagues.

  • Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Review of Recent Literature

    7/1/11 - Hedeen, Timothy; Moses, Phillip; Peter, Marshall

    All parents can and should participate meaningfully in their children’s education, including those whose children receive special education services. The value of parent participation has been recognized under law since 1975, most recently as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (Coots, 2007). Many scholars and professionals in the field of special education have explored various approaches to collaboration since then, and research has demonstrated the benefits for...

  • Evidence of Learning at Seattle's South Shore School

    11/1/13

    In the 2011-2012 school year, South Shore enrolled approximately 700 students in grades pre-K through 8. Students at South Shore are predominantly African-American and Asian and are drawn mostly from southeastern Seattle.

  • Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline

    1/1/14

    Developing positive school climates and improving school discipline policies and practices are critical steps to raising academic achievement and supporting student success. However, there is no single formula for doing so. Rather, the growing body of research and best practices in the field should inform locally developed approaches to improving school climate and discipline policies and practices.

  • Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders

    2/16/14 - Laine, Sabrina; Sherratt, Ellen; Lasagna, Molly

    Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders addresses the specific roles education leaders have in ensuring that each classroom has the most effective teacher. Each chapter is tailored to an individual audience and focuses on the key policies they can influence. Improving Teacher Quality includes vignettes, strategies, and realistic action steps to give readers a jumping off point to begin what can seem like an overwhelming endeavor. Every chapter ends with a checklist to...

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    Inquiry-Based Science: A Dynamic Approach to Developing 21st Century Skills

    11/11/13 - Hammerman, Elizabeth

    In the 2013 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the term "inquiry" is included in the dimension called Practices. This broader term better specifies the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that characterize what scientists use to investigate and build models and theories about the world. It emphasizes the expectation that students will engage in the practices of science rather than learning about them secondhand.

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