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Loewenberg, Aaron – New America, 2019
There are many actions schools and districts can take to help ensure a child's transition into kindergarten is smooth and stress-free for her and her family. This report highlights innovative efforts schools and districts across the country are taking to ease the transition into kindergarten for families and students, including students who did…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Student Adjustment, Transitional Programs
Garcia, Amaya; Garza, Roxanne – New America, 2019
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is in the midst of a teacher shortage crisis. At the same time, the district is looking for ways to increase the racial and linguistic diversity of the educator workforce. A new bilingual teacher residency program is attempting to help close these gaps and ease current shortages by recruiting from within and tapping…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Bilingual Teachers, Internship Programs, Paraprofessional Personnel
Garza, Roxanne – New America, 2019
This report adds a significant perspective to the current wave of efforts aimed at diversifying the teacher workforce, specifically to address the mismatch between Latinx students and Latinx teachers. The Latinx population is the largest ethnic group in America's public schools, currently making up a quarter of the student population, and expected…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Teacher Recruitment, Barriers, Diversity (Faculty)
Tesfai, Lul – New America, 2019
Community colleges have a long history of developing and delivering training that is responsive to the needs of regional employers, both large and small, and providing students with affordable pathways to postsecondary credentials of value. Building high-quality apprenticeship programs requires expertise in both areas. This brief presents an…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Academic Degrees, Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education
Palmer, Iris; Nguyen, Sophie – New America, 2019
In this report we walk through a systematic review of how PLA [prior learning assessment] was implemented under the ideal circumstances provided by the TAACCCT [Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training] grant program. We found that there was positive policy development, but student use of PLA opportunities remained low. In…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Students, Higher Education, College Credits
Prebil, Michael – New America, 2019
Existing state policies to support the costs of apprentices' classroom training at colleges are a patchwork. Some states have implemented effective subsidies to support credit-bearing apprenticeship offerings without any cost to the apprentice; other policies are well-intentioned but counterproductive. Across the country, though, many states…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, College Programs, Apprenticeships
Prescott, Sabia – New America, 2019
"Supporting LGBTQ-Inclusive Teaching," the first report of its kind to examine the possibilities inherent in LGBTQ-inclusive materials for training classroom teachers, explores the biggest challenges to creating, implementing, and scaling up this kind of PreK-12 teacher professional learning. It is also the first to consider the…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Teaching Methods, Inclusion, Student Diversity
Protopsaltis, Spiros – New America, 2019
This paper provides a brief overview of the current state of federal accountability and the need for change, and a summary of the landscape of state accountability reforms through funding structures for public colleges and universities. It explores key questions or decision points that must be addressed in designing a federal accountability system…
Descriptors: Accountability, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Finance
Blume, Grant; Meza, Elizabeth; Bragg, Debra; Love, Ivy – New America, 2019
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant represented an unprecedented investment by the federal government in integrated postsecondary education and workforce training offered primarily by community and technical colleges. Between 2011 and 2018, 256 grants totaling nearly $2 billion were awarded through…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Career Education, Federal Aid, Grants
Bornfreund, Laura; Ewen, Danielle; McDonald, Davida – New America, 2019
How can local education agencies (LEAs), elementary schools, and teachers make sure the kindergarten year deepens and builds on children's previous learning? What are the best ways to keep children and families connected to school and engaged in learning? And how can LEAs, schools, and classroom teachers provide the smoothest transition possible…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Districts, Elementary Schools, School Role
Lieberman, Abbie – New America, 2019
This paper explores Illinois's shift from a general administrative license, called a "Type 75" license, to a "PK-12 Principal Endorsement." It includes both a history of the reform efforts and a look at how implementation has fared nearly a decade after the legislation was signed into law. It also offers lessons and…
Descriptors: Principals, Management Development, Preschool Education, Administrator Qualifications
Lieberman, Abbie – New America, 2019
In 2010, Illinois passed legislation making significant changes to its principal preparation and licensure policies. With the goal of improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, the state updated standards for principal preparation programs with a focus on instructional leadership. Illinois's reforms were ambitious, requiring all…
Descriptors: Principals, Management Development, Preschool Education, Administrator Qualifications
Muñiz, Jenny – New America, 2019
New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states' expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. To support this analysis, we identify eight competencies that clarify what teachers should know and be able to do in light of research on culturally responsive teaching.…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Teacher Competencies, Geographic Location, State Standards
Katz, Anne; Loewenberg, Aaron – New America, 2019
Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to foster the development of cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. But the work is not easy. Effective educators need both a deep understanding of child development and mastery of a complex set of skills to meet the learning needs of young children. Accordingly, there is a growing demand…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Early Childhood Education, Bachelors Degrees, Early Childhood Teachers
Workman, Emily – New America, 2019
Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to foster the development of cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. But the work is not easy. Effective educators need to master a complex set of skills, which requires high-quality educational and training programs rooted in child development and practicums in early childhood classrooms led…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Apprenticeships
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