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Rowland, Cortney – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2017
Over the years, most states and districts have focused professional development on teachers rather than principals. However, evidence suggests that principals can play an important role in reaching our national goals of high achievement for all students. School leaders are powerful levers for change--when given the right training and support. But…
Descriptors: Principals, Professional Development, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality
Pierce, Jennifer; Jackson, Dia – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2017
P.S. 52 Sheepshead Bay School in Brooklyn, New York, serves more than 850 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. After scores on the 2014 New York State English language arts assessment were unsatisfactory, first-year principal Rafael Alvarez searched for a way to improve academic outcomes for his…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Elementary School Students, Public Schools, Program Effectiveness
Kendziora, Kimberly; Yoder, Nick – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2016
The Issue: Students need more than just academic knowledge to succeed in college, careers, and personal and public life. They need to understand their own skills and abilities, manage their emotions and behavior, communicate effectively, negotiate conflict, care about others, and make responsible decisions. Social and emotional skills undergird…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Student Development, Academic Achievement
O'Day, Jennifer A.; Smith, Marshall S. – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2016
Recent passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), coupled with recognition of rising inequality in American society, has rekindled debate about how U.S. schools might address long-standing disparities in educational and economic opportunities while improving the educational outcomes for all students. This paper enters that debate…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change
Le Floch, Kerstin; Garcia, Alicia N.; Barbour, Catherine – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2016
The Issue: School improvement policy for the past few decades has been characterized by mandated lists of activities--both well intended and research based--designed to stimulate a dramatic turnaround in student achievement. However, this prescriptive approach to policy, particularly federal policy, has not resulted in the systemic changes needed…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, School Policy, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
Behrstock-Sherratt, Ellen – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2016
Shortages of teachers and parental disengagement are lamented as the reasons schools are just not what they were in days gone by. The consensus is that teachers are the most important within-school factor affecting student achievement. Yet U.S. student performance lags behind international counterparts, suggesting that there are not enough…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Faculty Mobility, Educational Policy, Educational Research
Devaney, Elizabeth; Berg, Juliette – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2016
Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for healthy development. It is the process children, youth, and adults go through to develop the skills to engage with others, manage their emotions, show empathy, handle stress, resolve stress, set goals, and make responsible decisions to succeed in work and life. School climate is a…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, School Culture, Social Development, Emotional Development
Coggshall, Jane G. – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2015
The Issue: Washington is taking a close look at Title II, Part A (Title IIA) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as Congress debates reauthorization. The program sends roughly $2.5 billion a year to all states and nearly all districts to "(1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
Bitter, Catherine; Loney, Emily – Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research, 2015
The Issue: To prepare for the demands of postsecondary education and the workforce, students need to master content and build skills that allow them to collaborate with others, and then apply that knowledge to new situations. Students will be able to access a wider range of opportunities in college, career, and civic life if they possess the…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, High School Students, Student Development