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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Journal of Teacher Education, 2006
Productive strategies for evaluating outcomes are becoming increasingly important for the improvement, and even the survival, of teacher education. This article describes a set of research and assessment strategies used to evaluate program outcomes in the Stanford Teacher Education Program during a period of program redesign over the past 5 years.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Evaluation Methods, Outcomes of Education, Research Methodology
Cohen, Carol; Darling-Hammond, Linda; LaPointe, Michelle – Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, 2006
This paper offers highlights from the final report of Stanford's School Leadership Study, which should be available in January 2007. It discusses various policy and resource factors that enhance or impede the implementation of exemplary programs that develop and support principals. Among the research questions that guided this study were a set…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Professional Development, Principals, Program Implementation
Berry, Barnett; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Center for Teaching Quality, 2006
The authors of this report, education researchers and reformers, value both the promise and possibilities of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its mandate that states ensure a "highly qualified" teacher for every child in every core academic class. Reports by the Education Trust, the Center for Education Policy, and the Center…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Teacher Persistence, Labor Market
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Darling-Hammond, Linda; Berry, Barnett – Educational Leadership, 2006
One of the most important aspects of NCLB is its demand that states ensure a "highly qualified" teacher for every student. This provision draws much-needed attention to the importance of ensuring equitable student access to high-quality teachers, write the authors. Some aspects of the provision have raised legitimate concerns--including…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Competencies
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Harvard Educational Review, 2006
Although No Child Left Behind (NCLB) aims to close the achievement gap that parallels race and class, some of its key provisions are at odds with reforms that are successfully overhauling the large, comprehensive high schools that traditionally have failed students of color and low-income students in urban areas. While small, restructured schools…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), High Schools
LaPointe, Michelle; Meyerson, Debra; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, 2006
The School Leadership Study was designed to contribute important data on how high quality pre- and in-service programs are structured, how they implement the effective strategies noted in the research literature, and the impact of program graduates in the schools they lead. The study examines whether program components triangulate with graduate…
Descriptors: Graduates, Leadership Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Hightower, Amy M.; Husbands, Jennifer L.; LaFors, Jeanette R.; Young , Viki M.; Christopher, Carl – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005
Instructional quality is one of the most important factors in effective teaching. Without it, school reform is impossible. How can leaders develop and implement strategies to improve faculty quality and then manage the process of school reform in today's complex school environments? The authors answer this question through the study of a systemic…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Improvement, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
Davis, Stephen; Darling-Hammond, Linda; LaPointe, Michelle; Meyerson, Debra – Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, 2005
Principals play a vital and multifaceted role in setting the direction for schools that are positive and productive workplaces for teachers and vibrant learning environments for children, but existing knowledge on the best ways to develop these effective leaders is insufficient. The need to identify and replicate effective pre- and inservice…
Descriptors: Principals, Role, School Culture, Teaching Conditions
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – New Educator, 2005
Today, in the United States of America, preparing accomplished teachers who are committed to equity may be among the most important keys to the survival of their democratic way of life. In a society in which the ability to learn is increasingly essential to individual and societal success, the ability to teach powerfully--that is, to teach in ways…
Descriptors: Democracy, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education, Dropouts
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Darling-Hammond, Linda; Rustique-Forrester, Elle – Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, 2005
While some proponents of testing rest their hopes for stronger learning on the expectation that tests alone will motivate students to work harder, most posit that better learning will result primarily from better teaching--due to curriculum changes, greater attention to student needs, stronger teacher motivation, or focused investments in…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Needs, Test Results, Teacher Effectiveness
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2005
Around the world, the importance of education to individual and societal success has increased at a breathtaking pace as a new knowledge-based economy has emerged. As a consequence, most countries have been engaged in intensive reforms of their education systems, and many have focused especially on improving teacher education, recognizing that…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Models, Professional Development
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Darling-Hammond, Linda; Holtzman, Deborah J.; Gatlin, Su Jin; Heilig, Julian Vasquez – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2005
Recent debates about the utility of teacher education have raised questions about whether certified teachers are, in general, more effective than those who have not met the testing and training requirements for certification, and whether some candidates with strong liberal arts backgrounds might be at least as effective as teacher education…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teaching Experience, Teacher Effectiveness
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Loeb, Susanna; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Luczak, John – Peabody Journal of Education, 2005
A number of studies have found that teachers are prone to leave schools serving high proportions of low-achieving, low-income, and minority students for more economically and educationally advantaged schools. In schools with very high turnover rates, this can pose a number of challenges, including lack of continuity in instruction, lack of…
Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Student Characteristics, Minority Groups, Faculty Mobility
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Teachers College Record, 2004
As new standards for students are taking effect, large disparities continue to exist in the educational opportunities available to rich and poor students in most states. These disparities are especially pronounced in California, where thousands of students attend school in dilapidated buildings, without textbooks, materials, or qualified teachers.…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Academic Achievement
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Teachers College Record, 2004
The standards-based reform movement has led to increased emphasis on tests, coupled with rewards and sanctions, as the basis for accountability systems. These strategies have often had unintended consequences that undermine access to education for low-achieving students rather than enhancing it. This article argues that testing is information for…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Teacher Competencies, Rewards, Educational Change
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