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Cardichon, Jessica; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Yang, Man; Scott, Caitlin; Shields, Patrick M.; Burns, Dion – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Decades of research show that fully certified and experienced teachers matter for student achievement. Yet, providing all students with equitable access to such teachers has long been a struggle in U.S. schools. This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's two most recent years of the biannual Civil Rights Data Collection…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Equal Education, Experienced Teachers, Teacher Certification
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Adams, Julie; Duncan Grand, DeAnna – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
Historically, deep learning opportunities have occurred in schools attended by this country's most advantaged students, and there have been few successful efforts to systemically create the structures and policies necessary to ensure every student has access to this type of learning. The New Tech Network, a network of more than 200 elementary,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Student Projects, Public Schools, Models
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Meloy, Beth; Schachner, Abby – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
The purpose of the Early Childhood Essentials Framework is to synthesize and communicate the essential skills and competencies children should be acquiring before they enter kindergarten and the related skills and competencies early childhood educators must cultivate in order to provide high-quality early learning experiences that will set all…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Skill Development, Preschool Education, School Readiness
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Bradley, Kathryn; Hernández, Laura E. – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
Big Picture Learning is a school network that is driven by a singular vision: to engage every student in individualized learning experiences that focus on their interests and curiosities. To this end, the network partners with schools and districts to transform teaching and learning environments in ways that ensure students will graduate from high…
Descriptors: Networks, Student Interests, Educational Environment, Holistic Approach
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Ancess, Jacqueline; Rogers, Bethany; Duncan Grand, DeAnna; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
This case study of Bronxdale High School in New York was written to illustrate what a successful school serving diverse learners looks like and does when its practices are consistent with knowledge rooted in the sciences of learning and development. Most enter the school achieving well below proficiency levels on standardized tests; however, city…
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Teachers, Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness
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Hernández, Laura E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Adams, Julie; Bradley, Kathryn – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
Many educators have created successful innovative models but have had difficulty sustaining, re-creating, and scaling these models. Classrooms and schools characterized by student-centered learning practices typically deviate from the norms of transmission teaching and the many structures and procedures that David Tyack and Larry Cuban called the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning, Student Centered Curriculum
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Hernández, Laura E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
One of the mysteries of education reform is how leaders and educators can successfully instantiate, sustain, and spread student-centered pedagogical practices from a few schools to many others. Advocates for "deeper learning" grapple with this mystery as they seek to transform teaching and learning to prepare students to meet the demands…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning, Student Centered Curriculum
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Gardner, Madelyn; Melnick, Hanna; Meloy, Beth; Barajas, Jessica – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
A number of states are considering policy proposals to update credential or degree requirements for early educators. Practitioners, policy experts, and researchers have expressed concern, however, that well-intentioned policies to raise educator qualifications without sufficient supports may have negative consequences for the adequacy; stability;…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Labor Force Development
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Gardner, Madelyn; Melnick, Hanna; Meloy, Beth; Barajas, Jessica – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
High-quality early childhood education (ECE) begins with well-prepared, highly qualified educators. This brief offers practitioners and policymakers an opportunity to learn from promising programs that recruit and prepare racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse cohorts of educators to teach in programs serving children birth…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Labor Force Development
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Gardner, Madelyn; Melnick, Hanna; Melroy, Beth; Barajas, Jessica – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
High-quality early childhood education (ECE) begins with well-prepared, highly qualified educators. This brief offers practitioners and policymakers an opportunity to learn from promising programs that recruit and prepare racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse cohorts of educators to teach in programs serving children birth…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Policy
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Roc, Martens; Ross, Peter; Hernández, Laura E. – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
All too often in U.S. schools, English learners are segregated into classrooms that are on the margins of our educational system. In these learning spaces, English learners are often asked to engage with remedial content and face low expectations. Whereas some schools seemingly maintain limited goals and expectations for English learners, the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Public Schools, Networks, Secondary School Students
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Lotan, Rachel A.; Burns, Dion – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
The teaching profession requires continuous learning, and in 2014, a new model of professional learning was introduced in California by the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC), a group of expert teachers who organize local professional development to spark iterative changes in practice. In the four years following its launch, the ILC connected…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development, Educational Change, Common Core State Standards
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Lotan, Rachel A.; Burns, Dion; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is a California collaborative teacher professional learning project in which expert teachers organize local professional development to spark iterative changes in practice. Launched in 2014, ILC is a joint effort of the California Teachers Association (CTA), the National Board Resource Center (NBRC), and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Leadership, Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Change
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Lotan, Rachel A.; Burns, Dion; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2019
The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is an innovative professional learning project in which teacher leaders in California collaborate to lead sustainable professional development to support implementation of new student standards within their districts. Over more than 4 years, the ILC has served over 100,000 teachers. The responses of these…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Leadership, Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Change