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Barron, Brigid; Darling-Hammond, Linda – George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2008
The George Lucas Educational Foundation began in 1991 with an ambitious mission: to demonstrate how innovative learning environments in classrooms, supported by powerful new technologies, could revolutionize learning. As an organization founded by George Lucas, its members believed that the same benefits of technology that were transforming…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning
Taylor, Catherine; Kokka, Kari; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Dieckmann, Jack; Pacheco, Vivian Santana; Sandler, Susan; Bae, Soung – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2016
Engaging students in meaningful applications of their knowledge is a key aspect of both addressing the standards and providing greater access. Not only do the standards emphasize the importance of meaningful engagement in real-world tasks, but evidence shows that engagement is strongly related to student performance on assessment tasks, especially…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Performance Based Assessment, Task Analysis, Relevance (Education)
Montgomery, Ken; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Campbell, Carol – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2011
In this multi-method case study, the authors explore the success of school reform in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), whose school reform combines a portfolio strategy and a managed instruction approach. Portfolio strategy is a term used to describe an approach that decentralizes resources and decision-making to school sites--increasingly in…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), School Restructuring, Educational Change, Accountability
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Rethinking Schools, 2010
In this article, the author briefly describes how Finland built a strong educational system, nearly from the ground up. Finland was not succeeding educationally in the 1970s, when the United States was the unquestioned education leader in the world. Yet this country created a productive teaching and learning system by expanding access while…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California's new accountability system originated in the radical decentralization of power and authority from Sacramento to local schools and their communities brought about by the Legislature's adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. Under California's previous accountability policies and the federal "No Child Left…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Funding Formulas
Parsi, Ace; Darling-Hammond, Linda – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2015
Employers, postsecondary institutions, and civic leaders are urging greater focus on 21st century skills essential for college, career, and civic success: problem solving, interpersonal skills, and collaboration, among others. In response to these demands, states across the country are working to realign policies--on learning standards,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, State Policy, Performance Based Assessment, Sustainability
Podolsky, Anne; Kini, Tara; Bishop, Joseph; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
To ensure that schools enjoy a steady supply of competent and committed teachers, federal, state, and local policymakers should look to the extensive research literature in this area, focusing on five strategies in particular: strengthening teacher preparation, improving hiring practices, increasing compensation, providing support for new…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Selection, Teacher Salaries
Lit, Ira; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
This summary report is one of five publications from the larger study, "Teaching for a Changing World: The Graduates of Bank Street College of Education." This report focuses on graduates of Bank Street College Graduate School of Education teacher certification programs by examining the quality of their preparation, their teaching…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Certification
Zielezinski, Molly B.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2016
How can technologies and digital learning experiences be used to support underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared students? For many years, educators, researchers, and policy makers looking for strategies to close the achievement gap and improve student learning have sought solutions involving new uses of technology, especially for students…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Disproportionate Representation, Disadvantaged Youth, Outcomes of Education
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Peabody Journal of Education, 2014
Efforts to improve teacher education have recently focused in on the importance of well-supervised clinical practice as a critical element of effective preparation. This article outlines the challenges to creating productive clinical experiences for prospective teachers, and identifies strategies that have been found successful in confronting…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Preservice Teachers, Faculty Development
Horng, Eileen; Zheng, Xinhua; Lit, Ira; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
This technical report is one of five publications from the larger study, "Teaching for a Changing World: The Graduates of Bank Street College of Education." This report documents the influence of Bank Street teacher preparation programs based upon surveys of graduates, surveys of comparison teachers, surveys of employers, and an analysis…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Schools of Education, Teacher Education Programs, Graduate Students
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Canada, 2011
The poor U.S. standing on international tests is a product of unequal access to the kind of intellectually challenging learning they measure. While other nations have been expanding educational access to more and more of their people and revising curricula, instruction, and assessments to support the more complex knowledge and skills, the U.S. has…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Access to Education, Government Role
Friedlaender, Diane; Beckham, Kyle; Zheng, Xinhua; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
This report documents the practices and outcomes of Alice Birney, a public K-8 Waldorf-Inspired School in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). This study highlights how such a school addresses students' academic, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Birney students outperform similar students in SCUSD on several…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Educational Research
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2015
For years now, educators have looked to international tests as a yardstick to measure how well students from the United States are learning compared with their peers. The answer has been: not so well. The United States has been falling further behind other nations and has struggled with a large achievement gap. Federal policy under No Child Left…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Testing
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Darling-Hammond, Linda; Newton, Xiaoxia; Wei, Ruth Chung – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2010
This paper considers a set of research and assessment strategies used to evaluate programme outcomes in the Stanford Teacher Education Programme (STEP) during a period of programme redesign over 10 years. These strategies include surveys and interviews of students' perceptions of programme elements and their own preparedness, observations of their…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Performance Based Assessment
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