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Schleifer, David; Silliman, Rebecca; McNally, Erin – Public Agenda, 2021
After a challenging fall semester, a national survey from Public Agenda finds that K-12 teachers and parents are largely on the same page regarding education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over half of both teachers and parents feel that their communities value teachers more now than before the pandemic. While only one-third of parents think…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes
Silliman, Rebecca; Schleifer, David – Public Agenda, 2018
Millions of American adults either have no education beyond high school or have some college but no degree. Helping more adults attain a degree or certificate is crucial for our nation's competitiveness--as of 2016, we ranked 10th in the world in postsecondary attainment--and for individuals' economic prospects as well. By 2020, 65 percent of all…
Descriptors: Adults, Nontraditional Students, Reentry Students, Postsecondary Education
Cabral, Nicole; Gordon, Madison; Leighninger, Matt – Public Agenda, 2018
There is a growing concern about discrimination and hate crimes taking place across the country. While incidents of bias can occur anywhere, it is especially troubling when it happens in our schools. Discussing race and discrimination can be difficult for the most seasoned of professionals, however, that discomfort should not prevent important…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Crime, Incidence
Silliman, Rebecca; Schleifer, David – Public Agenda, 2018
This report pulls together findings from a range of surveys that explore the perspectives of particular populations on specific topics in K-12 education to provide a broader picture of public opinion across multiple topics. In doing so, it seeks to identify common ground and contradictions that emerge within and between populations. Elevating the…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, Public Schools, Public Education
Schleifer, David; Rinehart, Chloe; Yanisch, Tess – Public Agenda, 2017
Teachers in most American schools work in isolation, separated from other teachers, making it difficult to benefit from their colleagues' expertise or to share their expertise with others about how to help more students learn. However, a growing body of research shows that when teachers work more collaboratively, student outcomes can improve,…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Persistence, Job Satisfaction, Teaching Methods
Public Agenda, 2017
Authentic community engagement involves substantive give and take with those outside the college who have an interest in the decisions that are made, or who potentially have a role to play in strengthening the college's work. Such engagement efforts begin with a commitment to building new or improved forms of partnership across various silos and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Stakeholders
Public Agenda, 2017
Public Agenda's Choicework Discussion Starters support dialogue and deliberation on a wide variety of issues. They have been used in thousands of community conversations, discussion groups and classrooms and by journalists, researchers, policymakers, community leaders, and individuals looking to better understand and discuss solutions to a variety…
Descriptors: Guides, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Academic Achievement
Schleifer, David; Silliman, Rebecca – Public Agenda, 2016
Policymakers and experts overwhelmingly agree that the United States needs more people with college degrees or other postsecondary credentials and are working on many fronts to fulfill that goal. This brief aims to help them do so in ways that are informed by and responsive to the needs and perspectives of the American public. This brief…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Certification, Postsecondary Education, Adults
Public Agenda, 2015
Communities across the country are grappling with different approaches to improving their schools. Introducing or expanding charter schools is one of the approaches that states and school districts have considered or implemented. Charter schools serve more than 5 percent of public school students nationwide and make up close to 7 percent of all…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Improvement, Program Implementation
Public Agenda, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education has renewed its focus on ensuring that all students--especially those in under-resourced communities--have access to excellent educators. By June of 2015, all states must engage education stakeholders on locally-developed solutions to ensure every student has effective educators. This discussion starter is designed…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Quality, Equal Education
Public Agenda, 2015
Although over 80 percent of the 1.5 million students who enter community colleges each year indicate they intend to attain a bachelor's degree or higher, less than 40 percent earn any form of college credential within six years. This discussion starter is designed to help both higher education professionals and the average citizen work through how…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Hagelskamp, Carolin; Schleifer, David; DiStasi, Christopher – Public Agenda, 2014
How do students and alumni of for-profit colleges feel about their schools and the value of their education? Do they have distinct expectations, priorities, and needs compared with students who choose to study at not-for-profit institutions? Are prospective students effectively weighing their options before deciding to enroll at for-profit…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Alumni, Proprietary Schools, Employer Attitudes
Kadlec, Alison; Gupta, Jyoti – Public Agenda, 2014
This report details findings from focus groups with college students across Indiana. All of these students were planning to transfer or had transferred from the state community college system, Ivy Tech, to a school in the Indiana University system. We wanted to find out what these students had to say about their experiences preparing for and…
Descriptors: Transfer Programs, Transfer Policy, Student Experience, Community Colleges
Public Agenda, 2014
Some researchers believe that collaboration between schools and community stakeholders--including families, educators, community organizations, and businesses--is the key to improving public education. However, broad and inclusive community-school partnerships are rare. Instead, we frequently hear about friction between communities and their…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
Public Agenda, 2014
What happens when local school leaders sit down to talk with teachers, parents, and other members of the community about the ends and means of local education? Can people bringing different perspectives and experiences to the issue agree on top goals for their communities? Can they settle on needed changes and decide what signifies genuine…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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