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Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Consistent, reliable data are hard to come by given vastly differing opinions on the role states should play in creating structures, tracking data, and monitoring outcomes on homeschooling. The goal of this brief is to cut through some of this complexity and provide policymakers with an objective resource on homeschooling, including what is known…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy, Parent Attitudes
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
In the United States, students are assigned to public schools based on where they live. School districts have set boundaries and students living in the neighborhoods within those boundaries attend the district's schools. The district's boundaries are further delineated into attendance zones, in which particular homes and neighborhoods are assigned…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Open Enrollment, School Choice
Layland, Allison; Simpson, Joe; Koehler, Paul – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Responding to complex problems and emergencies such as COVID-19 requires both rapid response and long-term planning. Part of the response and planning needs to be based on lessons learned from previous crisis experiences. Organizations should be routinely conducting strategic reviews of previous responses, projects, or events to analyze the…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Emergency Programs, Program Effectiveness, Teamwork
Jackson, Cara; Keirstead, Carol – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
COVID-19 has created a sudden demand for teachers who can provide effective remote learning opportunities for students and, simultaneously, has disrupted the preparation for the next generation of teaching. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education resource, supporting the teacher workforce through the disruptions created by COVID-19…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Distance Education, Online Courses, Pandemics
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
There is a pressing opportunity to increase and improve behavioral health care services for Native youth. This brief describes several approaches to address the health needs of Native communities, including culturally responsive behavioral health supports, circles of care, and wrap-around services. The National Comprehensive Center's American…
Descriptors: American Indians, Youth, Health Needs, Cultural Relevance
Johnson, Bridget – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
It is no secret that successful school leadership starts with the principal. But who is taking care of school principals and ensuring their well-being? A principal's needs must be addressed before they can effectively address the needs of their school community. District leadership must prioritize the needs of principals who in turn, will empower…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Well Being
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
This brief provides an overview of inequity and barriers to Native student academic success and ways to address them. It also reviews how gifted and talented programs and advanced placement courses have impacted Native students. As many tribal communities live in rural areas, this brief further discusses education and career awareness for those…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Students, American Indians, Academically Gifted
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
This brief provides contextual information and descriptions of select programs and practices serving Native students, regarding state identification and support, representation of Native student interest, and locally created examples. The National Comprehensive Center's American Indian and Alaska Native Education Project developed this brief to…
Descriptors: American Indians, American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Alaska Natives
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Learning across the disciplines (e.g., mathematics, science, art) can be enhanced for all students by grounding learning in historical and cultural (Western and Native) knowledge and context. The survival of Native knowledge in the United States depends on the leadership and teaching skills of many traditional and non-traditional educators. The…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, American Indians, Minority Group Teachers
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Native education is rooted in the Native cultures and languages of North America. This brief provides key insights and examples of the work accomplished in Native education across the United States to revitalize and strengthen Native cultures and languages. This brief focuses on the following themes: (1) History and culture in curriculum for all…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Languages
Reinhardt, M. J.; Moses, T.; Arkansas, K.; Ormson, B.; Ward, G. K. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
For educators to more fully comprehend the issues surrounding the current state of affairs regarding tribal consultation and sovereignty in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) education, it is necessary to provide a socio-historical context. This brief provides information on the evolution of Native education, from its precolonial roots to…
Descriptors: American Indians, Alaska Natives, Tribal Sovereignty, American Indian Education
Layland, Allison; Redding, Sam – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Strategic Performance Management (SPM) is a multistep process that guides an organization's leadership in designing and revising a system of strategic performance management. Communication is key to the success of any change initiative. SPM provides a logically coherent process for linking strategic planning with performance management, ultimately…
Descriptors: Organizational Communication, Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Performance Based Assessment
Corbett, Julie; Donley, Jan; Feldman, Jill; Layland, Allison; Wilson, Melly – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all aspects of lives, including how to teach students. It is clear that the K-12 education system as it was known has changed. The pandemic has stressed each level of the education system: the state education agency (SEA), regional education agencies (REA), local education agencies (LEA), tribal education…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, School Closing
Benton, K.; Butterfield, K.; Manian, N.; Molina, M.; Richel, M. – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
This toolkit was developed to assist principals in structuring their thinking about the return to school, in whatever form it takes. It offers tools and tip sheets, the context for using them, and suggestions for actions principals might consider. The toolkit is organized around four sections: (1) Change (staying current in understanding changes…
Descriptors: Principals, School Schedules, COVID-19, Pandemics
Jackson, Cara; Keirstead, Carol – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
"Schools' First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers in the Time of COVID-19" elevates a rationale and considerations for evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches to support teachers and teacher candidates during and following the COVID-19 crisis. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Practices, Evidence Based Practice
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