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    Building Leadership Teams, Academy 1, Facilitator's Manual

    1/18/10 - National Institute for Urban School Improvement

    This is from the Building Leadership Teams Professional Module. Please see the other documents within this module (6 total participant handouts, 1 participant handbook, 3 facilitator manuals, and 3 slide presentations)

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    Changing the Odds for student success: What matters Most

    1/6/10 - Goodwin, B

    This report attempts to build on Neuman’s review, to include interventions that school can, and indeed, must do, to change the odds for students. Our view is that schools should be at the center of any effort to meet the needs of all students, is for no other reason than they are where millions of American students are currently educated. Those students need better opportunities today. Thus, the approach of this report is to determine principles and practices that can be employed right...

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    Children's Mental Health: What every policymaker should know

    1/16/10 - Shannon Stagman, Janice L. Cooper

    Mental health is a key component in a child’s healthy development; children need to be healthy in order to learn, grow, and lead productive lives. The mental health service delivery system in its current state does not sufficiently meet the needs of children and youth, and most who are in need of mental health services are not able to access them. With the addition of effective treatments, services, and supports, the mental health system can become better equipped to help children and...

  • ConnectED: Obama Announces $750 Million from Private Sector to Bring Technology Into Classrooms

    2/18/14 - Amos, Jason

    In a February 4 speech at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, President Obama announced more than $750 million in private-sector commitments from eight companies to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including devices, software, teacher professional development, and home wireless connectivity.

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    Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means

    1/10/11 - Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J.

    Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality. The extent of consolidation varies across states due to their considerable differences in history, geography, population density, and politics. Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is...

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    Data-driven decision making based on curriculum-embedded assessment: Findings from recent California studies

    1/5/09 - California Comprehensive Center,

    A large amount of national research supports the concept of using data driven decision making to improve student achievement. This brief produced by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), as a partner in the California Comprehensive Center (CA CC) at WestEd, summarizes key findings about the use of data driven decision making, including the effective use of assessment data, the role of administrators, the role of teachers, and the role of parents and students, as detailed in three...

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    Developing the capacity for scaling up the effective use of evidence-based programs in State Departments of Education

    1/3/09 - Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K.A., Horner, R., Sugai, G.

    The significant investment in developing evidence-based practices and other innovations will be “worth it” if it helps further the education of students and benefit their families and communities. The State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center helps States establish adequate capacity to carry out effective implementation, organization change, and system transformation strategies to maximize the academic achievement and behavioral health outcomes for...

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    Early Warning System Implementation Guide

    1/12/10 - Therriault, S.B., Heppen, J., O’Cummings,M., Fryer, L., and Johnson, A.

    This Implementation Guide is designed to build the capacity of school- and district-level practitioners to analyze data from the EWS Tool v2.0. The aim of the guide and the tool is to support school and district efforts to systematically identify students who are showing signs that they are at risk of dropping out of high school, match these students to interventions to get them back on track for graduation, and monitor students’ progress in those interventions. The guide describes an...

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    Early Warning System Tool

    1/12/10 - Therriault, S.B., Heppen, J., O’Cummings,M., Fryer, L., and Johnson, A.

    This tool, developed by the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with Matrix Knowledge Group, is designed to allow users to identify students who show early warning signs that they are at-risk for dropping out of high school. The Early Warning System tool automatically calculates indicators that are predictive of whether students graduate or drop out. These indicators are related to attendance, course failures, grade point average (GPA), and...

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    Educating English language learners at the high school level: A coherent approach to district- and school-level support

    1/3/09 - National High School Center,

    The development of state policy to promote academic achievement for ELLs is critical to improving educational outcomes and consistent with the goals of increasing high school graduation rates and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Recent research indicates that states have multiple opportunities to take the initiative in supporting school systems and schools in their efforts to keep ELLs on track to meet postsecondary success.

  • Education Department changes charter school lottery rules

    1/29/14 - Strauss; Valerie

    The Education Department on Wednesday released new guidance that allows charter schools receiving federal funds to change their student admissions lotteries so that low-income and educationally disadvantaged students can have more weight in an effort to create more integrated schools.

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    Education Transformation: Doing what works in education reform

    1/9/10 - Glenda L. Partee

    "This report analyzes federal education programs that are candidates for elimination, consolidation, or restructuring, and discusses lessons derived from program funding and implementation. It reviews discretionary project grant programs and pre-college education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education."

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    Emerging Areas of Inquiry: Special Education Teacher Induction

    1/21/10 - Billingsley, B. S., Griffin, C. C., Smith, S. J., Kamman, M., & Israel, M.

    General education induction has received substantial attention from policymakers, researchers, and school district practitioners. Yet, the literature base has been described as fragmented, with methodological problems that often make it difficult to draw clear implications. The special education induction literature base is even less developed. This Brief summarizes potential research areas that could help strengthen the special education induction knowledge base.

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    Emerging evidence on improving high school student achievement and graduation rates: The effects of four popular improvement programs

    1/3/09 - Herlihy, C. M., Quint, J.

    The National High School Center released methods for improving low-performing high schools based on some of the most rigorous research currently available in the school reform arena. This research brief identifies lessons learned as well as key practices used to strengthen high schools and is based on evaluations of four widely used high school improvement programs.

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    Expanded time, enriching experiences: Expanded learning time schools and community organization partnerships

    1/1/10 - Kathleen Traphagen, Christine Johnson_Staub

    "We chose to study four standard district public schools in Massachusetts and one public charter school in New Jersey. We focused on Massachusetts because it is the only state where ELT is a statewide, publicly funded initiative. The Massachusetts ELT initiative is administered by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or ESE, and supported by a unique public-private partnership with the nonprofit intermediary Massachusetts 2020. We were interested in examining how...

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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

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