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Weeby, Jason – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
Human-centered design is an approach to creating solutions for problems and opportunities through a focus on the needs, contexts, behaviors, and emotions of the people that the solutions will serve. More recently, public agencies have begun to use human-centered design methods to define problems, generate solutions, and test them to improve the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Policy, Delivery Systems, Instructional Design
Kaplan, Marnie – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
Over the past decade, educators and policymakers have sought to increase the number of students pursuing and completing postsecondary credentials. Community colleges play an important role in efforts to increase the percentage of Americans with postsecondary education. Community colleges play an important role in educating the early childhood…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Community Colleges, Early Childhood Education, College Role
LiBetti, Ashley; Trinidad, Justin – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
In a teacher residency, candidates receive almost all of their training in their future job site: They spend at least a year in a pre-k through 12 classroom under the guidance of a highly effective mentor teacher. This on-the-job experience is complemented by coursework that is tightly linked to and builds upon their experiences in the classroom.…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, On the Job Training, Mentors, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Robson, Kelly; Korman, Hailly T. N. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
Because education is the only system that reaches nearly all young people in this country, the education system is well positioned to act as a through-line for children and youth experiencing traumatic life circumstances. This paper offers a new framework for approaching cross-agency coordination which places the education system at the center.…
Descriptors: School Role, Agency Cooperation, Trauma, Student Needs
Korman, Hailly T. N.; Trinidad, Justin – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
In February 2017, Bellwether Education Partners gathered several experts in a working session to identify the biggest challenges for youth experiencing education disruption and to design a new vision for how technology can help young people overcome those challenges or avoid them entirely. The report walks through a journey map of the current…
Descriptors: Information Management, Information Dissemination, Technology Uses in Education, Advocacy
Marchitello, Max – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
One would hope that as benefit costs increase, districts would correspondingly bump up their overall K-12 spending to ensure at least as much funding gets to classrooms as before. Unfortunately, that is not the case across the country or in the vast majority of states. In our new report, "Benefits Take Larger Bite out of District K-12…
Descriptors: Budgets, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts
LiBetti, Ashley – Bellwether Education Partners, 2018
Early childhood educators play a crucial role in supporting the development of our nation's youngest children. Research shows that the quality of interactions between adults and children is one of the strongest predictors of learning outcomes in early childhood classrooms, and that the difference between a more and less effective kindergarten…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Research, Research Needs
Aldeman, Chad; Aguirre, Paulina S. Diaz – Bellwether Education Partners, 2017
Years of irresponsible budgeting practices have left the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) almost $12 billion in debt. Without significant reforms, Louisiana's pension problems are likely to get worse, with further negative consequences for workers and schools. This report shows that schools participating in the TRSL already must…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Teacher Salaries, State Programs
Kaplan, Marnie; Mead, Sara – Bellwether Education Partners, 2017
Head Start comprises a substantial share of the early childhood workforce. Given this, changes in Head Start workforce policies impact the broader early childhood ecosystem--and changes in the larger ecosystem in turn affect Head Start. This paper seeks to inform efforts to strengthen the early childhood workforce by documenting the current state…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Skills, Educational Policy
Squire, Juliet; Robson, Kelly – Bellwether Education Partners, 2017
Rural schools make up a considerable portion of Oklahoma's public education system. These schools are an integral part of community life for many rural towns. They are also a critical part of Oklahoma's economy, responsible for training the next generation of thinkers, workers, builders, and leaders. Unfortunately, data suggest that many of…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Interviews, Community Surveys
O'Keefe, Bonnie – Bellwether Education Partners, 2017
Coaching is an individualized approach to professional development where educators work towards specific teaching goals with support and feedback from a designated colleague or expert. Coaching appears to be increasingly common in early childhood education (ECE) classrooms, and a number of local, state, and federal policy initiatives over the past…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
Aldeman, Aldeman; Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti – Bellwether Education Partners, 2016
The single best predictor of who will be a great teacher next year is who was a great teacher this year. Some great teachers are seasoned veterans, while some are new to the field. Experience matters, of course, particularly in the early years of a teaching career, but it's no guarantee of teacher effectiveness. There is a wide variation in…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Experience, Teacher Education
Mead, Sara; Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti – Bellwether Education Partners, 2016
Head Start is a valuable federal program that improves the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children and their families. Research shows that Head Start programs improve children's learning at school entry and have a positive impact on long-term life outcomes. Research also suggests that Head Start could have a stronger impact on children's…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, At Risk Students, School Readiness, Child Development
Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2016
Why aren't teacher salaries rising? This puzzle can be explained by three trends eating into teachers' take-home pay: rising health care costs, declining student/teacher ratios, and rising retirement costs. Retirement costs are the most hidden of these three factors. The result is that most teachers are getting the worst of both worlds. Teachers…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Salaries, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti; Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2016
States, programs, and schools have long focused on the inputs of teacher preparation--the rules for candidates and the preparation programs they attend--because inputs were thought to predict teacher effectiveness, and because they were often the best option available. But in the early 2000s, policymakers began trying to evaluate preparation…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Outcomes of Education, Accountability, Program Effectiveness
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