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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 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.

  • 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...

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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.

  • 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...

  • My Brother's Keeper: Obama Announces New Initiative Focused on Boys and Young Men of Color

    3/4/14 - Amos, Jason

    President Obama_MyBrothersKeeperObama launched a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” at the White House on February 27 that will help boys and young men of color stay in school and find good jobs by focusing on key moments in their lives.

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    Nothing More Important than this: Obama Visits Brooklyn High School to Push for Education Priorities, Including High School Redesign, High-Speed Internet in Schools, and Increased Funding

    11/5/13 - Amos, Jason

    Obama outlined three priorities in education—making high-quality preschool available to every child, making college more affordable, and redesigning America’s high schools.

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    Performance-Based Compensation: Linking Performance to Teacher Salaries

    12/1/13 - Behrstock-Sherratt, E.; Potemski, A.

    To achieve the goal of attracting and retaining talented professionals in education, performance-based compensation systems (PBCS) must offer salaries that are both fair and sufficiently competitive at each point across an educator’s career continuum. Although many states, especially with the support of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants, have worked with districts on developing PBCS, salary scales largely remain a decision left to local school districts.

  • State of the Union 2014: Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

    2/1/14

    Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this week’s State of the Union address. President Obama rightfully pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, and extended unemployment insurance as immediate steps that can be taken to help Americans right away.

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    The McKnight Foundation Education and Learning Program PreK–Third Grade Literacy and Alignment Formative Evaluation Findings

    10/1/13 - Golan, S.; Wechsler, M.; Cassidy, L.; Chen, W.

    The goals of The McKnight Foundation’s Education and Learning (E&L) Program are “to increase the percentage of students reading at grade level by the end of third grade and to increase access to high quality learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota’s youth thrive.”

  • 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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