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Di Carlo, Matthew; Cervantes, Klarissa – Albert Shanker Institute, 2018
Despite increasing attention being focused on the importance of teacher diversity in recent years, the federal government does not centrally collect district- or school-level data on teacher race and ethnicity. This means that responsibility for the collection and promulgation of teacher diversity data falls to individual states and/or districts.…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Characteristics, Race, Ethnicity
Di Carlo, Matthew; Wysienska-Di Carlo, Kinga – Albert Shanker Institute, 2017
The purpose of this research brief is to describe racial and ethnic school segregation in the District of Columbia, within and between the private and public sectors (including charter schools). Using different measures, we find, unsurprisingly, a high degree of segregation within both sectors. Total segregation among private schools is driven…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Private Schools, School Segregation, Urban Schools
Baker, Bruce D. – Albert Shanker Institute, 2016
This second edition policy brief revisits the long and storied literature on whether money matters in providing a quality education. It includes research released since the original brief in 2012 and covers a handful of additional topics. Increasingly, political rhetoric adheres to the unfounded certainty that money does not make a difference in…
Descriptors: State Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
Baker, Bruce D.; Weber, Mark – Albert Shanker Institute, 2016
In this paper, the authors begin by classifying the arguments that assert American schools are relatively inefficient into two categories: the "long-term trend argument" and the "international comparison argument." Their focus herein is on the latter of these two. They then describe two frameworks for approaching either of…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Schools, Misconceptions, Efficiency
Di Carlo, Matthew – Albert Shanker Institute, 2015
During the late 1990s and 2000s, the State of Florida enacted a set of education reforms spearheaded by Governor Jeb Bush. These policies, which emphasize test-based accountability, competition, and choice, have since become known as the "Florida Formula for education success," or, simply, the "Florida Formula." In recent…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Accountability, Program Implementation, Educational Objectives
Albert Shanker Institute, 2015
More than 60 years after the ruling in "Brown v. Board of Education" was handed down, its promise remains unfulfilled. In many respects, America's public schools continue to be "separate and unequal." Indeed, the growing re-segregation of American schools by race and ethnicity, compounded by economic class segregation, has…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Urban Areas
Neuman, Susan B. – Albert Shanker Institute, 2014
The Preschool Educational Environment Rating System (PEERS) is a measure designed to examine the quality of instruction in preschool settings. Unlike other rating scales, it not only measures the environment, it also examines both how teachers construct their classroom for instruction and the quality of the enactment of instruction. Designed on…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Educational Environment
Chenoweth, Eric – Albert Shanker Institute, 2013
Albert Shanker (1928-1997) is known mainly for his successful struggle to obtain collective bargaining for teachers, his leadership of teacher unions, and his championship of education reform. Shanker built large and powerful city, state, and national unions of teachers and other public employees that still stand as models both for union democracy…
Descriptors: Unions, Educational Change, Public Education, Collective Bargaining
Baker, Bruce D. – Albert Shanker Institute, 2012
This policy brief revisits the long and storied literature on whether money matters in providing a quality education. Increasingly, political rhetoric adheres to the unfounded certainty that money doesn't make a difference in education, and that reduced funding is unlikely to harm educational quality. Such proclamations have even been used to…
Descriptors: State Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
Di Carlo, Matthew – Albert Shanker Institute, 2011
The public debate about the success and expansion of charter schools often seems to gravitate toward a tiny handful of empirical studies, when there is, in fact, a relatively well-developed literature focused on whether these schools generate larger testing gains among their students relative to their counterparts in comparable regular public…
Descriptors: Evidence, Charter Schools, Testing, Educational Policy
Cole, Paul F.; Megivern, Lori; Hilgert, Jeff – Albert Shanker Institute, 2011
Imagine opening a high school U.S. history textbook and finding no mention of--or at most a passing sentence about--Valley Forge, the Missouri Compromise, or the League of Nations. Imagine not finding a word about Benjamin Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, Andrew Carnegie, or Rosa Parks. Imagine if these key events and people just…
Descriptors: Labor, United States History, High Schools, Textbooks
Albert Shanker Institute, 2009
This report examines the importance and efficacy of oral language, literacy, mathematics, and science preschool curricula and how these curricula can be improved through alignment with research on early childhood development and learning. Detailed, research-driven recommendations are presented for what preschool-aged children should be learning in…
Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, Oral Language, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction
Albert Shanker Institute, 2008
This report describes the Albert Shanker Institute's activities over the past five years in the areas of education, labor, and democracy. In the area of education, the Institute has sponsored a wide range of forums, seminars, reports, and other activities that highlight the best thinking and solid research on the most effective ways to improve…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Instructional Improvement
Leung, Trini – Albert Shanker Institute, 2008
This report presents accounts based on first-hand interviews conducted by Han Dongfang, China's leading labor rights advocate, with workers across China. Han Dongfang was a leader of the Beijing Workers' Autonomous Federation (BWAF), an independent labor group organized during the Tiananmen Square protests. Han today carries on the fight from Hong…
Descriptors: Labor Demands, Labor, Foreign Countries, Radio
Albert Shanker Institute, 2006
This publication is a transcription of a forum held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 2006 on background knowledge and reading proficiency. This topic goes to the heart of the education reform agenda, according to the first speaker, Eugenia Kemble, executive director of the Albert Shanker Institute, the sponsor of this…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Educational Change, Conference Papers, Conferences (Gatherings)
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