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Browne, Daniel – Wallace Foundation, 2015
With many cities showing an interest in afterschool system building and research providing a growing body of useful information, this Wallace Perspective offers a digest of the latest thinking on how to build and sustain an afterschool system, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for this promising work. The report (a follow-up to a…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Program Development, Sustainability, Leadership Responsibility
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Across the United States, a growing number of colleges are redesigning their programs and student support services according to the "guided pathways" model. Central to this approach are efforts to clarify pathways to program completion, career advancement, and further education. Equally essential are efforts to help students explore…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Change Strategies, Design, Planning
Whinnery, Erin; Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2019
For many students, developmental education is the largest obstacle to college success, hindering progress before they ever enroll in a college-level course. Postsecondary practitioners and researchers have been re-examining and challenging many traditional elements of developmental education from placement strategies to the sequence of courses…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, College Students
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Mendels, Pamela – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
A diverse school district hugging the eastern border of Washington, D.C., Prince George's County, has introduced rigorous hiring methods and other practices to boost the quality of leadership in its 198 schools. In so doing, the district has also earned a spot among the pioneers in efforts nationally to ensure that public schools are led by the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Effectiveness
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Nelson, Jack L. – Social Education, 2010
Academic freedom is the freedom to inquire--to study, learn, teach, express, and debate ideas. Academic freedom is essential to education in a democracy, a professional responsibility of teachers, and the fundamental purpose for social education. These ideas occur in the traditional education literature. Academic freedom is not just a professional…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Academic Freedom, Democracy, Social Studies
Reed, Eileen; Scull, Janie; Slicker, Gerilyn; Winkler, Amber M. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2012
Rigorous standards and aligned assessments are vital tools for boosting education outcomes but they have little traction without strong accountability systems that attach consequences to performance. In this pilot study, Eileen Reed, Janie Scull, Gerilyn Slicker, and Amber Winkler lay out the essential features of such accountability systems,…
Descriptors: Rewards, Accountability, Outcomes of Education, State Standards
Reese, Susan – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), 2011
Apprenticeships are a time-honored way of passing along skills in an art, trade, or craft. Apprenticeships have long been an important element of career and technical education (CTE). From automotive technology to the construction trades to the culinary arts and beyond, community colleges across the nation are still using apprenticeships to…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Job Training, Vocational Education, Career Development
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – Educational Assessment, 2016
As state tests of student achievement are used for an increasingly wide array of high- and low-stakes purposes, evaluating their instructional sensitivity is essential. This article uses data from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Project to examine the instructional sensitivity of 4 states' mathematics and English…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Tests, English
Morgan, Nicholas; Killion, Joellen – Learning Forward, 2018
This report investigates factors that drive teachers to embrace or challenge the use of products and services designed to support improvements in practice. Key elements of the study include: (1) Technology-based resources studied include those designed for video observations, peer feedback and collaboration, online professional learning, and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Barriers, Educational Resources, Technology Uses in Education
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Gross, Betheny; DeArmond, Michael – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) conducted a multiyear, multimethod effort to learn how school districts, charter schools, and regional partners can support the successful implementation, expansion, and sustainability of personalized learning (PL) in schools. The vision for PL is to tailor instruction to individual students'…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Program Implementation, Sustainability, Instructional Improvement
Wyner, Joshua; Deane, K. C.; Jenkins, Davis; Fink, John – Aspen Institute, 2016
With their "open door" admissions policies and lower tuition, community colleges offer a gateway to higher education for millions of American students. Indeed, students who enter higher education through community colleges are much more likely than those who start at four-year institutions to be low-income or the first in their family to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, College Transfer Students, Universities
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Dziuban, Charles; Moskal, Patsy; Parker, Liza; Campbell, Maria; Howlin, Colm; Johnson, Connie – Online Learning, 2018
This study represents an adaptive learning partnership among the University of Central Florida, Colorado Technical University, and the adaptive learning provider Realizeit. A 13-variable learning domain for students forms the basis of a component invariance study. The results show that four dimensions--knowledge acquisition, engagement activities,…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Partnerships in Education, Online Courses, Academic Achievement
Katz, Philip M. – Council of Independent Colleges, 2016
Independent colleges and universities are cautious adopters of online education for undergraduate students. These institutions seek to balance a tradition of student-focused pedagogy in face-to-face settings and faculty wariness of online courses against the promise of lower instructional costs, changing student expectations, and the potential for…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Undergraduate Students, Private Colleges
DeVitis, Joseph L., Ed. – Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013
Mark Van Doren, the noted literary scholar, once remarked, "The college is meaningless without a curriculum, but it is more so when it has one that is meaningless." Many current critics of undergraduate curricula in America assent to the crucial need for programmatic renewal in our colleges and universities. They bemoan the cookie-cutter…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, General Education
London, Scott – Kettering Foundation, 2010
This paper examines a burgeoning network of organizations that is inventing new forms of community renewal and citizenship education. Their names vary--some call themselves public policy institutes, others centers for civic life--yet they share a common methodology, one aimed at tackling tough public issues, strengthening communities, and…
Descriptors: Nongovernmental Organizations, Social Networks, Citizenship Education, School Community Relationship
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