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Kim, Juli; Field, Tim; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
Across the United States, a movement to create a new kind of public school--"autonomous district schools"--is giving districts the freedoms charter schools receive. Like charter schools, autonomous district schools are freed from innovation-inhibiting state and district policies, allowing talented educators to make academic and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
Dean, Stephanie – Public Impact, 2019
Data about the teaching profession in Indiana make clear the potential for a full-blown public crisis unless policymakers take decisive action this year. Indiana teacher pay dropped 15 percent between 2000 and 2017 when adjusted for inflation, moving from $59,986 to $50,554--and Indiana teachers earn 17 percent less than college graduates in other…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Education, Faculty Development
Doyle, Daniela; Kim, Juli – Public Impact, 2019
The first IDEA Public Schools' campus opened in 2000, just miles from the US-Mexico border in Donna, Texas. Fast-forward nearly two decades, and 79 IDEA public charter schools serve approximately 45,000 students across six regions, and those students consistently outperform their peers statewide on a range of metrics from proficiency to graduation…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Development, School Districts
Kim, Juli; Hargrave, Elaine; Brooks-Uy, Veronica – Public Impact, 2018
In 2007, civic and philanthropic leaders founded the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to transform some of the city's highest-need, lowest-performing schools. Eleven years later, schools in the Partnership network have made notable improvements, with much more substantial gains in student performance relative to other schools in the…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Change, School Districts, School Turnaround
Public Impact, 2018
U.S. education leaders have spent decades highlighting and attempting to close achievement gaps among demographic groups. The gaps between African-American and Latino students compared to their white and Asian peers, as well as the gaps between low-income students and others, are among the most pernicious. In 2017, Oak Foundation commissioned…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Minority Group Students, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Public Impact, 2018
To reach more students with excellent instruction, multi-classroom leaders (MCLs) lead small teams of teachers, and multi-school leaders (MSLs) lead small teams of principals. MCLs and MSLs are paid more, within their schools' regular budgets, and are selected for their record of leadership and excellence in achieving high-growth student learning.…
Descriptors: Career Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Collaboration
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2018
The article examines how a high school teacher designed an honors precalculus blended-learning class in North Carolina. By making videos of precalculus lectures where she had students watch during their days off from the class, the teacher was able to have her students work on problem solving and inquiry-based activities in groups when in-class.…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Secondary School Mathematics
Public Impact, 2018
For more than a decade teacher residencies have prepared classroom-ready teachers for hard-to-staff subjects and high-need schools. Across the country, mounting evidence shows that residencies produce effective teachers who stay in the profession longer and produce greater student achievement than traditionally-trained teachers. No residency,…
Descriptors: Program Design, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Finance, Sustainability
Kim, Juli; Hargrave, Elaine; Uy-Brooks, Veronica – Public Impact, 2018
Like many large districts in urban U.S. cities, L.A. Unified struggles to produce strong results for all students. On 2015-16 end-of-year state tests, 60 percent of students did not meet state standards in English language arts (ELA). Students fared even worse in math: 70 percent performed below grade level. High-need students are struggling the…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Change, School Districts, School Turnaround
Fisher, Julia Conrad; Kim, Juli – Public Impact, 2018
Led by Newark Opportunity Youth Network (Newark OYN) in New Jersey, key public and private organizations in Newark came together to focus efforts on supporting disconnected youth and transforming how they are educated and prepared for life, postsecondary learning, and careers. This report describes how Newark OYN emerged and is charting its path…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Youth Opportunities, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2018
When Okema Owens Simpson, the sixth-grade Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL) for English language arts (ELA) at Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, plans her schedule for the coming week, she provides what her teachers need most: daily, on-the-job coaching; lesson planning; practice in delivering lessons; co-teaching or modeling a…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Grade 6, Language Arts, Faculty Development
Dean, Stephanie; Hassel, Bryan C.; Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Steiner, Lucy – Public Impact, 2016
State and district leaders have a chance under ESSA (the 2016 Every Student Succeeds Act) to use their new funding flexibility to take a new approach that focuses on excellence for teachers, and students. This brief explains four opportunities to go beyond the requirements of ESSA to achieve a culture of excellence, one that attracts even more…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Financial Support, Teacher Competencies
Public Impact, 2015
For excellent teachers and those aspiring to excellence, and for administrative or education policy leaders, this brief provides an overview of how an Opportunity Culture can help teachers have the well-paid, empowered profession they deserve--while helping many more students succeed. [For the full report, see ED560179; for the summary, see…
Descriptors: Opportunities, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Methods
Kim, Juli; Ellison, Shonaka – Public Impact, 2015
Leading Charlotte foundations formed a funding collaborative to support a five-year district turnaround initiative to dramatically improve educational outcomes for students in the West Charlotte High School corridor, one of the city's lowest-performing feeder zones. The "Project L.I.F.T." initiative involves four areas of education…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Program Development, Graduation Rate, Access to Education
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull; Han, Jiye Grace – Public Impact, 2015
Principal Alison Harris is blunt in describing what she confronted on her arrival to Ranson IB Middle School in 2011. "I was placed in what many people would call an impossible situation," she says. During her initial visit to the school in 2009-10, she watched as students changed classes--while teachers pressed against the lockers to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Effective Schools Research, Organizational Culture, Educational Change
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