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Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Poverty, neglect, or family stress can make it especially difficult for young children to develop the self-discipline and habits of mind they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Armed with research and a commitment to the whole child, Washington state has transformed the way its agencies work together and in partnership with…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Stress Variables, Family Problems, Poverty
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
A year ago, top officials in the school leadership world were worried. It seemed to them that principals were being overlooked in national conversations about how to get educators ready for the Common Core State Standards. But that is changing. The past six months have seen a surge of activity to acquaint principals with the new standards and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
Massive federal education competitions like the $650 million Investing in Innovation fund have heightened interest in practical education research, but even the most promising findings aimed at improving student learning face a long, uncertain path to become something more concrete and usable for the classroom. Unlike fields such as physics or…
Descriptors: Innovation, Research and Development, Marketing, Technology Transfer
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
Maryland was one of 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, to win an award through the Race to the Top competition, a $4 billion grant program--backed by the Obama administration and funded by the 2009 economic-stimulus package--that was meant to foster school improvement and innovation. Along with 44 other states and the District of Columbia,…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Public School Teachers, Faculty Development, Academic Standards
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Besieged by state proposals to eviscerate collective bargaining, eliminate teacher tenure, and make it harder to collect dues, teachers' unions are fighting back. Lawsuits supported by local union affiliates have for now blocked anti-union legislation in Alabama and Wisconsin. E-mail "blasts," phone banks, and rallies are also among the…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Unions, Public Support, Tenure
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
This article reports on a simulation training program for school leaders at Syracuse University. The project is creating a series of parent, teacher, student, and community-member roles to help principals and teachers learn how to handle tricky conversations. Supported by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of…
Descriptors: Simulation, Leadership Training, Principals, Teachers
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports findings from a federal study of 77 middle schools which suggest that even intensive, state-of-the-art efforts to boost teachers' skills on the job may not lead to significant gains in student achievement right away. The "Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study," which was released in April, is the second…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on the U.S. Department of Education's "What Works Clearinghouse" that goes beyond "gold standard" research and sets standards for accepting other types of studies. As part of the Institute of Education Sciences' push to make research more relevant to educators, the federal clearinghouse has devised standards by which it can…
Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Researchers, Evaluation Criteria, National Standards
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Once a passionate advocate for injecting greater competition and accountability into the U.S. education system, the New York University scholar Diane Ravitch realized three years ago that her views had evolved to a point where she was contradicting herself on a regular basis. Like any good historian, she decided to set the record straight. Her…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Federal Legislation, School Choice, Standardized Tests
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
Teachers' unions in at least two states are threatening to withhold endorsements of their states' Race to the Top applications, which could jeopardize the states' chances of winning the coveted federal dollars. In a letter printed as an advertisement in the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida Education Association President Andy J. Ford discouraged…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Unions, Teacher Associations, Grants
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2010
As governors and state legislators gear up for a new year of budget action and policymaking, the federal Race to the Top competition is helping drive a flurry of measures nationwide aimed, at least in part, at making states stronger candidates for a slice of the $4 billion in education grants. Those efforts emerge as a priority in the 2010…
Descriptors: Grants, Statewide Planning, State Standards, Change Strategies
Education Week, 2010
Quality Counts 2010 is the 14th edition of "Education Week's" annual report card on American public education as viewed through the lens of the states' education policies and outcomes. As in the past, this year's edition is built on twin foundations: (1) the detailed data collection and analysis of the Editorial Projects in Education…
Descriptors: National Standards, State Surveys, Public Education, Educational Quality
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, is putting the sensitive issue of due process on the education reform table, with a pledge to work with districts to streamline the often-cumbersome procedures for dismissing teachers who fail to improve their performance after receiving help and support. She has also…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Unions, Educational Change, Labor Standards
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Offering a counter-narrative to the school improvement prescriptions that dominate national education debates, a new book based on 15 years of data on public elementary schools in Chicago identifies five tried-and-true ingredients that work, in combination with one another, to spur success in urban schools. The authors liken their "essential…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Success, Best Practices
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2009
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed guidelines for awarding $4 billion in Race to the Top Fund money send a strong message that any state hoping to land a competitive grant should expect to allow student test scores to be used in decisions about teacher compensation and evaluation. The draft plans outlined by department officials last…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Guidelines, Politics of Education, Evaluation Criteria
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