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Proehl, Rebecca A.; Starnes, Heather; Everett, Shirley – Journal of Catholic Education, 2015
During the past decade, Catholic leaders have been exploring options to revitalize the faltering Catholic school system especially in urban centers. One route being explored by dioceses and religious orders is opening what have been called "religious charter schools." Though not technically religious schools, they integrate many of the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Interviews, Poverty
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Gersten, Russell; Dimino, Joseph; Jayanthi, Madhavi; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca; Taylor, Mary Jo – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The ESEA Blueprint for Reform states that teachers need "effective, ongoing, job-embedded, professional development that is targeted to student and school needs… [and] aligned with evidence of improvements in student learning." Unfortunately, the professional development approaches advocated, though sensible and compelling in theory,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Vocabulary Development, Observation, Grade 1
Glazerman, Steven; Seifullah, Allison – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
In 2007, using funds from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) and private foundations, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) began piloting its version of a schoolwide reform model called the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP). Under the TAP model, teachers can earn extra pay and take on increased responsibilities through promotion (to mentor…
Descriptors: Evidence, Control Groups, Teacher Promotion, Mentors
Sartain, Lauren; Stoelinga, Sara Ray; Brown, Eric R. – Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2011
This report summarizes findings from a two-year study of Chicago's Excellence in Teaching Pilot, which was designed to drive instructional improvement by providing teachers with evidence-based feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. The pilot consisted of training and support for principals and teachers, principal observations of teaching…
Descriptors: Evidence, Feedback (Response), Public Schools, Teacher Effectiveness