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  • Top Three Things the President Did for K-12 Education in 2013

    1/1/14 - Lynch, Matthew

    At the turn of every calendar year, it seems that lists abound that remind us of everything that happened in the prior year and give a sneak peek of what to expect in the next. Seeing these often celebrity-heavy lists crowd my social media feeds got me thinking -- what would a list of the president's accomplishments when it comes to education look like for 2013?

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    Transforming American education: Learning powered by technology

    1/10/10 - Office of Educational Technology,

    "The NETP presents a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The plan also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge problems” that should be funded and coordinated at a national level. "

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    Treating different teachers differently

    1/30/10 - Chait, Robin, Miller, Raegen

    "The paper tackles what we are calling “infrastructure” or the foundation needed for states to use information about teachers,3 such as robust data systems, professional standards for teaching, and rigorous evaluation systems. It then describes how states might better coordinate their policies on evaluation, tenure, and licensure. Finally, it outlines strategies for leveraging the expertise of highly effective teachers, working proactively with moderate performers to improve their...

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    Turning Around, Transforming, and Continuously Improving Schools: Federal Proposals are Still Based on a Two- Rather than a Three- Component Blueprint

    1/20/10 - Center for Mental Health in Schools,

    "We begin our analysis with a discussion of the lenses through which systemic problems are viewed by federal policy makers and use the school turnaround models to illustrate the dilemma confronting efforts to enable equity of opportunity. Then, we broaden the analysis to include current priorities for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as outlined in the U. S. Department of Education’s A Blueprint for Reform. Our findings highlight the ongoing marginalization...

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    Two New Studies Show Alarming Segregation in New Jersey Schools Which May Run Afoul of State Constitution

    10/11/13 - The Civil Rights Project

    The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Insititute on Education Law and Policy at Rutgers University-Newark today jointly released two reports finding that the racial and socioeconomic divide in New Jersy public education continues to grow unabated. While the CRP report documents the jump from 1989 to 2010 in quanitity of apartheid schools in New Jersey, the IELP study shows that extreme isolation of poor students of color is concentrated in mostly urban areas. Both studies are products of...

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    Using Data for Decision-Making

    1/13/09 - Rob Horner, Anne Todd, Steve Newton, Bob Algozzine, Kate Algozzine

    This presentation defines the roles of data in problem-solving models and decision making.

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    Using School Leadership Teams to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners

    1/24/10 - Movit, M, Petrykowska, I., Woodruff, D.

    To ensure that the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies effectively addresses the needs of all students, the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) recommends that schools and districts establish leadership teams that focus on issues affecting culturally and linguistically diverse students. New leadership teams can be added to what already exists, or current leadership teams can be refocused on these issues. Leadership teams should meet regularly and...

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    Using student achievement data to support instructional decision making

    1/28/10 - Hamilton, L., Halverson, R., Jackson, S., Mandinach, E., Supovitz, J., & Wayman, J.

    Recent changes in accountability and testing policies have provided educators with access to an abundance of student-level data, and the availability of such data has led many to want to strengthen the role of data for guiding instruction and improving student learning. The U.S. Department of Education recently echoed this desire, calling upon schools to use assessment data to respond to students’ academic strengths and needs.5 In addition, spurred in part by federal legislation and...

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    Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

    1/30/09 - Laura Hamilton , Richard Halverson, Sharnell S. Jackson, Ellen Mandinach, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jeffrey C. Wayman

    As educators face increasing pressure from federal, state, and local accountability policies to improve student achievement, the use of data has become more central to how many educators evaluate their practices and monitor students’ academic progress.Despite this trend, questions about how educators should use data to make instructional decisions remain mostly unanswered. In response, this guide provides a framework for using student achievement data to support instructional decision...

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    Virtual K-12 Public School Programs and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Recommmendations

    1/28/11 - Müller, Eve

    Virtual education is instruction in a learning environment where the teacher and the student are separated by time, space or both; and the teacher provides course content via course management applications, multimedia resources, Internet, video conferencing or other alternatives to traditional face-to-face education. Terms commonly used to describe particular types of virtual education include ‘distance education,’ ‘online learning’ or ‘e-learning’; and ‘blended,...

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    Web-based tools for school improvement

    1/6/09 - Elaine Mulligan

    This presentation discusses multiple ways that web-based tools can help with school improvement efforts, specifically through the LeadScape website.

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    What Works in Improving Low-Performing Schools and Districts?

    1/5/09 - Christie, Kathy

    A new ECS Progress of Education Reform highlights recent research that explores what works in improving low-performing schools and districts, examines what is being learned from research and looks at the subsequent implications for state policy.

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    When Success Is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathwaysmfor Next Generation Learning

    1/28/11 - Chris Sturgis & Susan Patrick

    This exploration into competency-based innovation at the school, district, and state levels suggests that competency-based pathways are a re-engineering of our education system around learning—a re-engineering designed for success in which failure is no longer viable. Competency-based approaches also hold promise as districts explore new ways to expand and enrich support to students, challenging the assumption that learning takes place within the classroom.

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