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Jennifer Cohen Kabaker; Laurie Gagnon – Aurora Institute, 2024
Despite calls to modernize education preparation, the way we train, support, and grow educators has remained largely unchanged for decades. But some educator training and professional development organizations are taking a different approach by offering educators flexible and job-embedded learning opportunities that recognize and validate learning…
Descriptors: Microcredentials, Professional Development, Multilingualism, Instructional Effectiveness
Patrick, Susan; Alderman, Khamiah; Gagnon, Laurie – Aurora Institute, 2023
We know the importance of learning experiences that happen beyond the confines of a traditional classroom. But how might federal policy support such experiences to prepare young people for life after high school? That's where work-based learning comes in -- a strategy designed to help students connect what they learn in the classroom with what is…
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Career Pathways
Gagnon, Laurie; Patrick, Susan; Weaver, Alyssa – Aurora Institute, 2023
The new world of work demands not only academic knowledge and skills but also transferable skills such as communications, creativity, and collaboration--skills that are rarely captured formally. Meeting that demand will require a new approach to the high school diploma. The opportunity is ripe to redesign credentials to enable competency-based…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Credentials, High Schools, Foreign Countries
Aurora Institute, 2023
Next generation accountability systems can empower states, districts, communities, and schools with timely, relevant information and provide the capacity to analyze and continuously improve instruction and learning. After 21 years of the current accountability framework in federal and state policy in the United States, there is growing recognition…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Best Practices
Loretta Goodwin; Jennifer Kabaker; Kumea Shorter-Gooden – Aurora Institute, 2023
The Aurora Institute works to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. In pursuing this mission, Aurora has built the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as anti-racism, into its strategic plan. To support its…
Descriptors: Diversity, Inclusion, Nonprofit Organizations, Governing Boards
Aurora Institute, 2022
Informed by the expertise and wisdom of thousands in its community, the Aurora Institute's 2022 federal policy priorities are a set of nine recommendations designed to ensure education systems move from the current state to future-focused systems capable of preparing all learners with building the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve lifelong…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Policy, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Aurora Institute, 2022
The Aurora Institute's new broad-based policy agenda issues a call-to-action for state education policymakers and provides twelve recommendations informed by the wisdom and expertise of more than 8,500 members in its community. Taken together, the policy priorities challenge lawmakers and education decision-makers to wield their influence and take…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Profiles, Educational Finance
Surr, Wendy B.; Carter, Kim; Stewart, Andrea – Aurora Institute, 2022
We know that the traditional "sit and get" classroom will not help us advance towards educational equity or promote the deeper learning skills our students need to succeed. The long game of systems-change work is critical to advancing learner-centered education, but what steps can educators take today to advance such environments? This…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Student Centered Learning, Schemata (Cognition), Educational Change
Wenmoth, Derek; Jones, Marsha; DiMartino, Joseph – Aurora Institute, 2021
The global COVID-19 pandemic pulled back the curtain on the growing need for greater student agency and student engagement. As we rethink the future of education in a post-pandemic world, learner agency must be at the center of learning designs and learning models so that we can support students anytime, anyplace, and at any pace. We must…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Personal Autonomy, Models, Student Empowerment
Levine, Eliot – Aurora Institute, 2021
Building academic knowledge is still essential, but success in most professional and personal pursuits demands an additional set of skills and dispositions such as self-direction, collaboration, communication, and a growth mindset. These "habits of success" can be developed--they are not fixed, innate traits--but traditional approaches…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Success, Habit Formation, Cooperation
Jones, Fred A., Jr.; Chambers, Alexis; Patrick, Susan – Aurora Institute, 2021
COVID-19 has exposed vast and systemic inequities, and calls for a redesigned education system are growing in number and volume. Top-of-mind issues, such as what reopening should look like, administering in-person versus remote instruction, and keeping students and staff safe, are incredibly important. But now, however, is also the time to…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Policy, COVID-19, Pandemics
Ferrara, Ashley – Aurora Institute, 2021
This case study highlights a high school math teacher's successful journey of taking the steps needed to move away from traditional teaching methods to innovative pedagogies supporting mastery-based teaching and learning. Mastery-based learning (also called competency-based learning) is a shift away from traditional, one-size-fits-all teaching.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mastery Learning, High School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
Jones, Fred A., Jr.; Chambers, Alexis – Aurora Institute, 2021
While the United States is simultaneously recovering from a global pandemic and facing a national reckoning of racial injustice, the effects of COVID-19 continue to exacerbate academic and opportunity gaps that were decades in the making in K-12 systems. Most students are performing worse than before the pandemic. For students of color, there is a…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Avery, Laureen; Jones, Marsha; Marr, Sara; Wenmoth, Derek – Aurora Institute, 2021
Circles of family and friends in education are submerged in the academic, safety, and security efforts of continuing a school year like no other in recent history. Teachers, administrators, support staff, and families are thinking about the physical layout of classrooms, hand-washing, masks, temperature-taking, and closing learning gaps. Essential…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Personal Autonomy, Distance Education
Aurora Institute, 2021
A significant movement is underway across the nation to design K-12 assessment systems that better equip stakeholders to provide an equitable and excellent education to each child. While some of these innovations emerged before the pandemic, the massive disruption to instruction fueled a new urgency to rethink the potential of assessments to drive…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Educational Trends, Innovation
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