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Keily, Tom – Education Commission of the States, 2019
The notion that the U.S. has a growing skills gap -- the difference between what employers need to fill in-demand positions and the skill of the current workforce -- is a hot topic among policymakers. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to the Georgetown University Center on…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, High School Students, Job Skills, Skill Development
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Honig, Meredith I.; Donaldson Walsh, Emily – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2019
The field of educational leadership has also come to recognize the central importance of improving the quality of leadership preparation across leaders' careers, including at the doctoral level, for strengthening equitable teaching and learning in schools. What do doctoral programs that strive to realize such equity goals do? With what results? In…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership, Educational Development, Doctoral Programs
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Johnson, David Cassels; Stephens, Crissa; Nelson, Joan Johnston; Johnson, Eric J. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This article considers the impact of the "Lau v. Nichols" Supreme Court decision on the education of English learners in Washington State, US In particular, we focus on the most popular educational program in the state, Sheltered English Instruction. We first examine how intertextual links to various policy texts and discourses shape…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Jimmy – Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 2018
This work discusses the effort to begin helping university students fulfill the university mission and core curriculum objectives through the Foundations of Sports Outreach course and the Sports Outreach Initiative at Gonzaga University. Guided by Catholic Social Teaching principles, the primary goal of the course was to provide a social…
Descriptors: Athletics, Catholic Schools, Church Related Colleges, Outreach Programs
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Providing teachers with data-driven feedback, aligned professional development and opportunities for advancement may help limit attrition, contribute to more effective teaching, and improve student learning. However, research shows that much of the professional development teachers currently receive does not improve either teacher or student…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Legislation, Faculty Development, Teacher Promotion
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Teacher evaluations can be used by states and districts to support and develop an exceptional workforce. Accurate evaluations based on quality data can help differentiate teacher performance, inform feedback, improve professional development, provide opportunities for pay increases and advancement, and provide rationale for teacher dismissals. Yet…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Problems, Educational Trends
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Districts across the country are facing severe shortages of teachers--especially in certain subjects (math, science, special education, career and technical education, and bilingual education) and in specific schools (urban, rural, high-poverty, high-minority, and low-achieving). The severity of the teacher shortage problem varies significantly by…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, State Legislation
Nelson, Rhett – Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2018
In 2009 the Washington State Legislature created an accountability system for online learning (SSB 5410, RCW 28A.250.005). The Legislature directed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop an online provider approval system and report annually on the state of online learning in Washington (RCW 28A.250.040). The…
Descriptors: Accountability, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Garrett, Terry; Randall, Katie Weaver – Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2018
Washington state's Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program (TBIP) has existed since the passage of Senate Bill 2149 in 1979, and TBIP is codified in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28A.180. The bill, called "The Transitional Bilingual Instruction Act," recognized that "classes which are taught in English are inadequate to…
Descriptors: Correlation, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Bilingual Education Programs
Weaver-Randall, Katie; Ireland, Lisa – Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2018
Under the guidelines of state law, RCW 28A.175.010, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to report annually on the educational progress of public school students in grades 7-12. At the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, Washington uses the adjusted cohort graduation calculation to track a single cohort…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Elementary Secondary Education, American Indian Students
Wechsler, Marjorie E.; Kirp, David L. – Teachers College Press, 2018
This timely book will help policymakers and practitioners convert their visions of high-quality early education into on-the-ground reality by providing a much-needed, richly detailed look at how states can design, fund, and manage exemplary programs. The authors describe and analyze how four states--Michigan, West Virginia, Washington, and North…
Descriptors: Program Design, Program Implementation, Program Development, Preschool Curriculum
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Borda, Emily; Warren, Shannon; Coskie, Tracy L.; Larson, Bruce E.; Hanley, Dan; Cohen, Jessica – School-University Partnerships, 2018
The Whole School Success Partnership (TWSSP) worked to develop practices and cultures that emphasized student success in five middle and high schools. Because this project took place in secondary schools where teachers have disciplinary specializations, the whole school approach came with unique opportunities and challenges. Here we describe how…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Change, Secondary Schools, Partnerships in Education
Strunk, Katharine O.; Cowen, Joshua; Goldhaber, Dan; Marianno, Bradley D.; Kilbride, Tara; Theobald, Roddy – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2018
In many school districts the policies that regulate personnel are governed by collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) negotiated between teachers' unions and school boards. While there is significant policy attention and, in some cases, legislative action that has affected the scope of these agreements, there is relatively little research that…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, State Legislation, School Districts, Institutional Characteristics
Ippolito, Andrew – Achieving the Dream, 2018
Now, more than ever, more adults must earn college credentials in order to earn family sustaining wages and to help fuel and sustain a robust national economy. That means that institutions of higher education must do all they can to help adult students enroll in college and complete a postsecondary credential. Achieving the Dream emphasizes a…
Descriptors: College Students, Adult Students, Career Choice, Community Colleges
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Heyward, Georgia – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has been studying the four-day school week since 2015. Since then, the phenomenon of the four-day school week has spread into non-rural areas and interest appears to be growing. Given these apparent changes, the author wanted to know more about recent trends in the initiative. As districts continue…
Descriptors: School Schedules, School Districts, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
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