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Jacobs, Jennifer; Burns, Rebecca W.; Yendol-Hoppey, Diane – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Teachers today operate in highly politicized accountability environments where quick results, typically measured by K-12 test scores, are demanded. Although focusing on student learning outcomes is critical, equally essential is assuring that teacher learning opportunities which can strengthen instruction are available to teachers. A decade ago,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Equal Education, Professional Development, High Stakes Tests
Stecher, Brian M.; Garet, Michael S.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Steiner, Elizabeth D.; Robyn, Abby; Poirier, Jeffrey; Holtzman, Deborah; Fulbeck, Eleanor S.; Chambers, Jay; de los Reyes, Iliana Brodziak – RAND Corporation, 2016
To improve the U.S. education system through more-effective classroom teaching, in school year 2009-2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced four Intensive Partnership for Effective Teaching sites. The Intensive Partnerships Initiative is based on the premise that efforts to improve instruction can benefit from high-quality measures…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Program Implementation
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
The following profiles address how the state departments of education are supporting local educators in classroom implementation of the Common Core by providing and/or facilitating the development of instructional resources and materials aligned to the new standards. In order for instructional resources and materials to be aligned to the Common…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Resources, Alignment (Education), Program Implementation
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
The following profiles address how the state departments of education are helping educators prepare for and implement the Common Core and aligned assessments through professional learning. The major professional development efforts around the Common Core were examined in order to understand the overall efforts of each state. An exhaustive list of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Implementation, State Policy
Brown, Catherine; Boser, Ulrich; Sargrad, Scott; Marchitello, Max – Center for American Progress, 2016
In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as the nation's major law governing public schools. ESSA retains the requirement that states test all students in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school, as well as the requirement that…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Alignment (Education)
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2009
The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Plus 50 Initiative is a three-year initiative launched in June 2008 and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. It was created to support a pilot group of two-year institutions to develop or expand campus programs that engage plus 50 learners. The initiative focuses on three types of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Participant Satisfaction, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2009
The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Plus 50 Initiative is a three-year initiative launched in June 2008 and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. It was created to support a pilot group of two-year institutions to develop or expand campus programs that engage plus 50 learners. The initiative focuses on three types of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Participant Satisfaction, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness
Research for Action, 2011
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of instructional tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction. Literacy experts have developed a framework and a set of templates that teachers and other educators can use to develop content…
Descriptors: State Standards, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools, Rural Schools
Levin, Stephanie; Duffy, Mark; Dever, Kelly – Research for Action, 2012
Math experts developed Formative Assessment Lessons that teachers can incorporate throughout the year's curriculum. Both tools target the "instructional core." A study by Research for Action (RFA) examining the first year of piloting the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC) tools (2010-11) found…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Comparative Analysis, Leadership, Educational Change
Helper, Susan; Noonan, Ryan; Nicholson, Jessica R.; Langdon, David – US Department of Commerce, 2016
The basic components of apprenticeships are the same today as in 1937, when the National Apprenticeship Act set the foundation for apprenticeships in the United States. Apprentices enter into a structured training program of classroom and paid on-the-job training under the guidance of a mentor. As their skills increase, so do their wages. Upon…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Educational Benefits, Costs, Investment
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
All of the 15 states in this study have recently been involved in school accountability system reform. Since 2011, the states have taken advantage of a federal program to give them flexibility around certain accountability requirements of the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 (NCLB), the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Implementation
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
By 2012, all of the states in this study had started implementing new or revised teacher and leader evaluation systems. There are many and varying updates to these systems, and some of them have been made to meet conditions for a state's federal "Race to the Top" (RTT) grant. Other updates have been made to meet conditions for a state's…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Implementation, Teacher Evaluation
Tackett, Kathryn Klingler; Roberts, Greg; Baker, Scott; Scammacca, Nancy – Center on Instruction, 2009
One question frequently arises in the work of the Regional Comprehensive Centers: "What are states, districts, and schools doing about RTI?" This document addresses that question, with particular focus on instruction and the implementation of effective practices. It uses a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format, with answers based on…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Public Schools
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2013
Making Connections was the Annie E. Casey Foundation's signature place-based, community-change initiative of the 2000s. It sought to build on previous work and launch an effort focused firmly on the framework of family strengthening. The Foundation started Making Connections in 22 places, focusing eventually on first 10, then seven sites. It…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Change Strategies, Program Development, Program Implementation
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2010
The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Plus 50 Initiative (2008-2011), funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, was created to build the capacity of community colleges nationwide to develop programming that engages the plus 50 learner. The Initiative supported a pilot group of 13 two-year institutions to develop or expand college…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Student Personnel Services, Enrollment, School Community Relationship
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