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Bauries, Scott R. – National Education Policy Center, 2012
Pursuant to the recommendations and findings in Dr. Barnett Berry's policy brief, the proposed set of legislative enactments presented in this paper offers both monetary incentives and positive working conditions requirements likely to further three goals: (a) cause more effective teachers to choose to work in high-need schools and fields, (b)…
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Incentives
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Herman, Rebecca; Graczewski, Cheryl; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Murray, Matthew; Perez-Johnson, Irma; Tanenbaum, Courtney – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2013
The federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, to which $3 billion were allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), supports schools attempting to turn around a history of low performance. School turnaround also is a focus of Race to the Top (RTT), another ARRA-supported initiative, which involved a roughly $4…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Finance
Youngs, Peter – Center for American Progress, 2013
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, in its aim to align diverse state curricula and improve educational outcomes, calls for K-12 teachers in the United States to engage all students in mathematical problem solving along with reading and writing complex text through the use of rigorous academic content. Until recently, most teacher…
Descriptors: State Standards, Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Characteristics
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
Colorado Department of Education, 2009
In fall 2007, and in alignment with the strategic plan of the Colorado State Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education released "Forward Thinking," a plan which publicly announced seven goals that, when attained, would culminate in a statewide system of accountability and support addressing the needs of all districts. Some…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Educational Change, Guidance, Instructional Leadership
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Osler, James Edward – Journal on School Educational Technology, 2013
This paper discusses the implementation of the Tri-Squared Test as an advanced statistical measure used to verify and validate the research outcomes. This type of statistical measure is ideal for teachers professional development as educators can create and validate instruments for educational settings. The initial research investigation published…
Descriptors: Research Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Mixed Methods Research
Frykholm, Jeffrey – New England Mathematics Journal, 2005
This article examines an innovative way of conceptualizing mentoring and develops the notion of a "distributed" model of mentoring, backed by snippets from professional development program that has sought to use the context of community to broaden the definition (and success) of mentoring for mathematical teachers. The author proposes a way of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Professional Development, Beginning Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2007
The research literature is full of articles that address the stresses and strains of the special education profession. Many of these articles have described in detail the pressures that special education teachers face day in and day out. To address the ongoing issues of high stress levels, burnout, and attrition in the special education field, the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Special Education
US Department of Education, 2012
This paper describes Hawaii's progress in implementing a comprehensive and coherent approach to education reform from the time of application through June 30, 2011. In particular, it highlights key accomplishments over the reporting period in the four reform areas: standards and assessments, data systems to support instruction, great teachers and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Gains
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Howard, Jody K. – School Library Media Research, 2010
This research describes the results of a cross-case analysis of four individual case studies at schools having nationally recognized school library programs. The focus of the study is on the culture of the school as an organization and its effect on establishing an effective school library program. The purpose of the study was to identify cultural…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, School Culture, Leadership Styles, School Libraries
Frost, Sharon; Bean, Rita – Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse, 2006
The call for highly qualified teachers that can improve student literacy performance has led to increased attention to job-embedded approaches to professional learning. Such approaches call for intensive, on-going efforts that include coaching and feedback (National Staff Development Council, 2001; American Educational Research Association, 2005)…
Descriptors: School Districts, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
Falk-Ross, Francine, Ed.; Szabo, Susan, Ed.; Sampson, Mary Beth, Ed.; Foote, Martha M., Ed. – College Reading Association, 2009
This Yearbook begins with the article representing Ellen Jampole's presentation to the CRA membership. In her presidential address, Ellen had the audience alternately laughing, considering, and reminiscing about how she and other academics understand and develop the knowledge they carry. She shares these same themes in her narrative, "Traditions,…
Descriptors: Yearbooks, Professional Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Reading Instruction
American Federation of Teachers, 2005
This document suggests changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in four targeted areas. Regarding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) supports: (1) Setting challenging but demonstrably attainable student progress goals; (2) Judging school effectiveness by measuring progress of the same students over…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Internet, Incentive Grants, Class Size