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In this article, Thomas Kane describes findings from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, the largest study of instructional practice ever conducted. So far, the findings of the project reveal that for teacher evaluation systems should rely on...

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This policy report by ACT discusses the importance of early learning, the components of a strong preschool and elementary school education, and barriers to strengthening early learning. Additionally, the report draws from the ACT Core Practice Framework to describe how school and district leaders...

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From the abstract: “Preschool teachers can best educate youngsters learning their home language and English by using children's primary language where possible, adopting effective practices for building English language skills, and involving families in supporting children's learning.”

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This article presents a study on the importance of school leadership by examining individual principals’ contributions to student achievement growth. The researchers used an approach similar to studies that measure teachers’ “value added” to student achievement to determine principal effectiveness...

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From Learning Forward: “Professional learning plans establish short- and long-term guidance for professional learning and its implementation. This workbook offers information and tools to walk educators through seven planning steps, from data analysis to setting goals to identifying learning...

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This research brief from the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Education (NCAASE) provides an overview of the construct of opportunity-to-learn (OTL) and how it is being measured in a NCAASE study on OTL and student growth. The NCAASE study was designed to describe OTL...

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From the abstract: “Despite America's commitment to equal opportunity, the extent to which students are exposed to challenging mathematics content depends not only on which state they live in, but also on the school and classroom to which they are assigned. The Common Core State Standards for...

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This article details data from three well-documented American Indian language immersion programs—Hawaiian, Keres (Pueblo), and Navajo—and from an ongoing large comparative study of language shift/retention in six Indian school-community sites. The data suggest that immersion schooling serves the...

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This report describes two case studies of practices implemented by two schools participating in Alberta (Canada) Education’s School-Community Learning Environment Project. The report provides a literature review of current research in Aboriginal Education, followed by a background section providing...

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The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

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This online form of California’s Common Core State Standards Implementation Survey lists all the questions asked in the survey. Survey questions are grouped into five categories: general implementation, professional learning, instructional materials, assessment, and communications and outreach. The...

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Montana’s Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum is a one-page document that outlines the state’s 6 stages of implementation. The stages are grouped into three categories (explore, implement, and sustain), and each stage has short college and career ready descriptors.

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The purpose of this document is to help districts determine where they are on the implementation continuum for Common Core State Standards. The tool is organized by 10 anchor statements, and users rate themselves on the anchor statements by the following levels: awareness, transition to...

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This nearly 300-page publication is based on the work of teachers from schools in Northeast Nebraska serving primarily Native American students. The collection of curriculum units for K–12 students incorporates Native American literature and activities into academic areas so that instruction...

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On most measures of education success, Native American students trail behind every other racial and ethnic student subgroup. This series comprises Education Week’s exploration of the reasons for this situation.  A writer, a photographer, and a videographer from Education Week documented their...

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The American Indian Education KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid education professionals in their efforts to serve American Indian (AI) students and close the achievement gap between AI students and other student subgroups. The website resource has four major components, with classroom...

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A partnership among Washington state’s tribes, schools, and communities designed and funded this curriculum. This website houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of recommended...

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This educator practice guide is part of the What Works Clearinghouse. From the IES abstract: “This practice guide provides four recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction. Each recommendation includes extensive examples of activities...

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David Conley, a researcher and expert on the topic of college and career readiness, defines what it means to be college and career ready. Although a "student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or...

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The authors reviewed and synthesized several bodies of research and provide 14 guidelines for educators to help English learners make greater strides in learning English, specifically in English Language development (ELD) instruction. “ELD instruction is designed specifically to advance English...

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From the abstract: “Challenges are bound to arise as the vast majority of states strive to help English learners meet the Common Core State Standards. In calling for students to read complex texts, these new standards place an even greater emphasis on content knowledge and literacy skills than...

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The Colorado Department of Education’s Transition Action Planning Guide (TAP Guide) was developed in response to requests from Colorado district and school leaders as a resource to support local standards transition planning. The TAP Guide fits in a larger, comprehensive standards implementation...

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The Illinois State Board of Education has created videos that share teacher stories and perspectives regarding curriculum and instructional changes as they implement the new Illinois ELA and Math standards. Currently, teachers share their perspectives on the following topics: student engagement,...

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This Calendar of Questions by the Council of the Great City Schools is a tool for districts to use as they implement the Common Core State Standards. “The calendar provides overarching questions that could be posed throughout the year, as well as questions for district staff and principals to...

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In this EdSource article, Bill Honig, chairman of the Instructional Quality Commission and former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, writes that there is a crucial middle step missing in many district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards. What's absent is the "...

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NAESP has developed this checklist to help principals determine the bodies of knowledge and skill sets they will need to prepare in order to lead their schools into using the new standards. This checklist is meant to serve as an information guide on some of the most critical steps to complete in...

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The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. The topic of this report (one of the six benchmarking reports on CCSS implementation progress in 14 states) is Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments...

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From the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this tool is a resource for district leaders to help them self-assess progress and understand how the Common Core state standards are being implemented across the district. The District Common...

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From the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this tool is a resource for leaders at the state education agency level to help them self-assess progress and understand how the Common Core State Standards are being implemented across the state....

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The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. Six individual reports are part of the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project: a summary report, plus five reports with detailed...

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