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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
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
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull; Han, Jiye Grace – Public Impact, 2015
Tonya Kales came to Ashley Park PreK-8 as its principal (2009-2013), and confronted a school at the end of its rope. Ashley Park was a beautiful facility, but there was no learning going on in the building, it was a chaotic environment for both kids and adults. It was a hostile environment--had adults that were totally incompetent in their…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Principals, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Competencies
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2015
When districts get ready to recruit excellent teachers for the career possibilities that Opportunity Culture roles offer, success may come down to two actions: Start early, and communicate constantly, say recruiters in Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment For Transformation) schools. What brings excellent teachers in…
Descriptors: Vignettes, Teacher Recruitment, Employment Practices, Experienced Teachers
Public Impact, 2014
In the U.S., STEM subjects--science, technology, engineering, and math--face urgent needs for great STEM teachers and well-educated students. An Opportunity Culture can help by extending the reach of excellent STEM teachers already in our schools and creating a teaching profession that attracts and retains these teachers through higher pay, within…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Demand Occupations, Labor Market, Supply and Demand
Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Holly, Christen; Locke, Gillian – Public Impact, 2014
To help all students reach their potential, district leaders must ensure that every student has consistent access to excellent teaching. Opportunity Culture compensation and career path structures help make that possible, and this guide shows how. "Teacher Pay and Career Paths in an Opportunity Culture: A Practical Policy Guide" shows…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Career Development, School Districts
Dean, Stephanie; Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2014
Research continues to confirm that without consistently excellent teaching, most students who start behind stay behind, and too few middling and advanced students leap ahead. Even hardworking, solid teachers who achieve one year of learning progress leave achievement gaps intact. When schools create an opportunity culture for teachers and…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Teacher Competencies
Dean, Stephanie; Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2014
Research continues to confirm that without consistently excellent teaching, most students who start behind stay behind, and too few middling and advanced students leap ahead. Even hardworking, solid teachers who achieve one year of learning progress leave achievement gaps intact. When schools create an opportunity culture for teachers and…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Teacher Competencies
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