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Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2009
This guide aims to help education policy leaders develop effective policy in support of good teaching and learning. It provides tools and resources that help policy leaders to: (1) Look back at the research on strategies and practices that have been proven to bring about results for the greatest number of students; (2) Look around in order to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Leadership Effectiveness
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2008
Since the publication of McREL's "2003 Annual Report," McREL staff members wrote more than 100 published articles in practitioner and peer-reviewed journals describing what they know from four decades of research on effective schools as well as years of practical experience working to help educators raise student performance: that…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Performance Factors, Change Strategies, Board of Education Policy
Lefkowits, Laura; Diamond, Barbara – Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2009
What if, in 2020, a new generation of leaders ends the war in Iraq and turns its attention to pressing domestic issues eventually resulting in a healthier economy and renewed investments in the urban core? What if, in 2020, having tried and failed at the beginning of the 21st century to improve urban education with prescriptive, high stakes…
Descriptors: State Officials, Urban Education, Educational Policy, Educational Administration
Lefkowits, Laura; Miller, Kirsten – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
In this article, the authors explain a method that helps policymakers and educators to identify the forces and trends affecting education today and to project how they might conceivably play out in the future. They suggest that by asking "What if?" in a disciplined way, it might be better to imagine the possibilities of tomorrow in order to take…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Futures (of Society)
Lefkowits, Laura; Woempner, Carolyn – Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2006
Researchers at Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) recently completed a study of "beat-the-odds" schools--high-needs schools that demonstrated atypically high student achievement. This policy brief draws from the report of the study's findings, "High-Needs Schools--What Does It Take to Beat the Odds?"…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Turnaround, Effective Schools Research, Organizational Change
Lefkowits, Laura; Miller, Kirsten – Phi Delta Kappan, 2006
In the latter part of the 20th century, public education in America underwent a revolutionary shift. The 1983 publication of "A Nation at Risk," widely credited with launching the modern standards movement, led to a spate of statewide initiatives intended to define what students should know and be able to do. Now, more than five years…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Public Education, Educational Change, Federal Legislation
Lefkowits, Laura; Woempner, Carolyn; Kendall, John; Frost, David – Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2009
This document is one of eight reports prepared to support the development of a new learning system, a development effort that is the first step in a major initiative undertaken by the Stupski Foundation. The Foundation endeavors to improve the life options of all students, especially underserved urban youth of color, whom we refer to as "Our…
Descriptors: Urban American Indians, Minority Group Students, At Risk Students, Disadvantaged Youth
Lefkowits, Laura; Arens, Sheila A. – Mid Continent Research for Education and Learning, 2004
In response to the need to ensure that standards fulfill their promise of supporting a system of education that leaves no child behind, McREL created a multimedia, multi-site, ongoing nationwide dialogue related to standards-based reform efforts. These dialogues provided participants with opportunities to share underlying assumptions, beliefs, and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Resource Allocation
Cicchinelli, Louis; Gaddy, Barbara; Lefkowits, Laura; Miller, Kirsten – 2003
This paper describes how implementation of four key aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act can move schools closer to raising achievement for all students. These four aspects--accountability and testing, flexible use of federal resources, school choice, and quality teachers and quality teaching--can allow schools and districts to realize the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement