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December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays! Creating A Bright Future — McREL e-News December 2014

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December 2014

Happy Holidays from McREL

We would like to extend our gratitude to you for an exciting and transformative year serving educators across the globe in 2014. We wish you a holiday season filled with joy, peace, and prosperity, and look forward to a bright future in 2015.

Research Roundup

Fusing Career, Academic Skills Benefits Students, Study Finds  

Education Week
  

Fifth-year results from California’s Linked Learning initiative, which blends real-world career preparation with rigorous academic experiences for high school students, are highlighted in a post on Education Week’s blog, Curriculum Matters. A recent report shows that students in the program were significantly more likely to remain in their school districts and accumulate more high school credits than their peers who were not in the program.

Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It

Education Week

 

Using a random-assignment research model to identify and measure the effects of exposure to the arts and cultural experiences on students, researchers found that art experiences enhance observation and critical thinking skills, increase empathy and tolerance, and boost students’ knowledge about the arts.

College-and-Career Readiness: States Have Made Progress in Implementing New Standards and Assessments, but Challenges Remain

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
The latest college- and career-readiness report (GAO-15-104R) from the U.S. GAO outlines the challenges states are facing in meeting Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) amended requirements related to standards and assessments. Among the findings, the report indicates that states are creating new professional development, curricula, instructional materials, and communications strategies, but are still struggling with technology challenges as well as the short time frame given to accomplish implementation, which raises concerns about an initial decline in assessment scores due to content changes.

2014 Native Youth Report

Executive Office of the President of the United States
The White House released a report on December 3 during the Tribal Nations Conference, where the President, Cabinet members, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs met with leaders of the 566 federally recognized nations to launch Generation Indigenous, a Native youth initiative that aims to reduce barriers between Native youth and opportunities to succeed. Among many challenges outlined in the report, it describes educational disparities between Native youth and their non-Native peers, challenges in retaining highly effective teachers, and a lack of Native languages and cultural customs within schools. Included in the report are specific recommendations for changes that address those disparities and support Tribal control of education for Native youth, as well as the integration of Native languages and culture into the school and classroom climate. Read the White House Fact Sheet about the conference here.

In the Field

Upcoming conference presentations

 

McREL will present sessions or have an exhibit booth at the following national, regional, and statewide conferences in January and February 2015:

 

Virginia Title III Statewide Consortium Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia, on January 21-22. McREL’s Jane Hill will deliver a keynote address titled “Academic Talk” and facilitate a breakout session on “Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners.”

 

Texas Association of School Administrators’ Mid-Winter Conference, being held January 25-28 in Austin. Visit us in booth #847.
2015 National Title I Conference, being held February 5-8 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit us in booth #1353.

Midwest Education Technology Community’s (METC) Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect Conference, being held February 9-11 in St. Charles, Missouri. McREL’s Cheryl Abla will deliver a session titled “Social Media in the Elementary Classroom.”

New on the McREL blog

 

In a new blog post, our executive director of digital solutions, Dr. Howard Pitler, highlights a middle school teacher’s successful integration of technology tools into classroom instruction through project-based learning, which enhanced students’ experiences of learning, creating, and producing.

Events & Opportunities

McREL’s Summer of Learning 2015

 

Our 2015 summer professional development sessions, held at our headquarters in Denver, Colorado, include workshops and institutes that combine insightful research with best practices for educators at all levels to help improve students’ odds of success. Discounts are available for early registration and groups of five or more.

 

The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching

June 22-23, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Institute: Balanced Leadership for District-Level Leaders
June 24-26, 2015
Learn more and register here.
Classroom Instruction That Works
July 13-15, 2015
Learn more and register here.
Facilitator training: Classroom Instruction That Works
July 13-17, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Institute: Balanced Leadership for School-Level Leaders

July 20-25, 2015
Learn more and register here.
Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners
July 27-28, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works

July 29-30, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Helping All Students Achieve with a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

July 29-30, 2015

Learn more and register here.

McREL in the News

Nineteen school educators in Micronesia complete McREL’s Balanced Leadership® Certification Program

 

In a feature photo on the front page of the December 15 Marianas Variety newspaper, which serves Micronesia, Dr. Mel Sussman of McREL is pictured with 19 school educators from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Public School System (PSS), Commissioner of Education Rita A. Sablan, and other education officials after completing a three-day Balanced Leadership Certification Program.

McREL evaluator featured on Transformative Change Initiative blog series

 

Managing evaluator Dr. Tara Donahue was featured in a recent blog post as part of the Transformative Change Initiative blog series produced by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, College of Education, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Donahue offers advice for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant evaluators on communication strategies for project staff and stakeholders.

In This Issue

Featured Content


Changing Schools: Coaching that makes a difference

Our latest issue ofChanging Schoolsmagazine offers multiple perspectives on coaching and ways to develop the next generation of great teachers and school leaders.

 
Do STEM schools make a difference?

 

In the latest “Research Says” column in ASCD’sEducational Leadershipmagazine, McREL’s Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein look at the research on the effectiveness of STEM schools, which shows mixed results on whether they actually improve student achievement in STEM. The authors suggest, however, that the way students are taught STEM may matter more than mere participation in STEM classes or academies in raising student interest in STEM. Other research has shown that students who pursue STEM in college are more likely to have received instruction based on rich research experiences and real-world applications–which remains the exception rather than the rule in U.S. schools.

Careers at McREL

    

McREL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to improve education through applied research, development, and service to teachers and leaders at schools, districts, networks and agencies, and higher education institutions.

 

Having the right people at McREL is important to our mission. Our employees are passionate about the work they do, not only because they are helping enhance lives, but also because they are surrounded by diverse, enthusiastic, and innovative thinkers.

 

We are seeking qualified candidates for the following roles:

 

Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Expertise

 

Director of Client Solutions–Pacific Region

 

Follow our@McRELJobs Twitter feed and never miss an opportunity to join our staff.

 

Learn more about our work culture and employment listings at our Careers at McRELsite.

Connect with Us on Social Media

    

For the latest in professional development opportunities, education news, research, and McREL employment opportunities, follow us on our social media channels.

 

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November 22, 2014

Changing The Odds Of Student Success — McREL e-News November 2014

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November 2014

Research Roundup

An Easy ‘A’ for Teachers?  

Politico
  

Politico’s Morning Education news digest highlighted a reportfrom the National Council on Teacher Quality, titled “Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them,” which assessed the level of rigor in more than 500 undergraduate teacher preparation programs and concluded that 1) grading standards are lower for teacher candidates than for students in other majors, and 2) higher grades in coursework are a result of a lack of rigor in those courses. The digest also mentioned a response by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), who said, “For more than a decade, AFT K-12 and higher education members have called for improvements to teacher preparation programs so that these programs can provide new teachers with the real-world skills and knowledge necessary to help the broad and diverse spectrum of students they’ll teach.” Weingarten cited a 2012 AFT report titled, “Raising the Bar,” which offers recommendations for improving teacher preparation programs.

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

 

This report suggests that, in order to break the cycle of poverty for families, a two-generation approach that simultaneously targets the needs of parents and children is required. The report offers recommendations such as: early childhood education that collaborates with parents to increase involvement in their children’s education and furthers their own education advancement, job training programs to help parents become gainfully employed, and access to coaching tools that help create financial stability.

Building Effective Teacher Residencies

Urban Teacher Residency United
This report investigates two highly successful teacher residency programs–the Aspire Teacher Residency and the Denver Teacher Residency–to understand how they work. The report’s authors used classroom observations and interviews with multiple stakeholders to uncover program strengths such as recruitment plans that leverage data to identify the best candidates, the selection of top teachers as mentors, and rigorous and relevant coursework.

MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating, and Inventing

Intel Corporation
The “maker” movement–a tech-inspired, do-it-yourself approach to innovation–has great potential to change the future of STEM fields worldwide, particularly for girls and women, according to this report from Intel Corporation. The report suggests that, although “making” provides new avenues of engagement for underrepresented groups and is equally popular among boys and girls, females face more barriers than males to participation, such as lack of access to tools, lack of mentorship, and exclusion based on gender. The report outlines recommendations for key stakeholders, including parents, educators, policymakers, and those in the private sector, with the goal of increasing STEM interest, participation, and job opportunities among girls and women.

In the Field

Policy brief: Understanding Conscientiousness and Its Role in Improved Student Achievement

 

In today’s rapidly changing global economy, “21st century skills” means much more than proficiency in basic academic subjects. One of the most important noncognitive competencies for student success is conscientiousness, which encompasses traits such as perseverance, self-regulation, resilience, and responsibility. This McREL policy brief provides an overview of conscientiousness and its relationship to student achievement, and presents issues for policymakers to consider.

North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) launches new website

 

The NCCC–operated by McREL International and serving Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming–launched a new website to support the State Education Agencies in their communication efforts and in the implementation of state-, district-, and school-level initiatives in the region. Visit the site here.

Upcoming conference presentations

 

Look for McREL sessions at these upcoming national conferences:

 

Association of Educational Service Agencies Annual Conference 

December 3-6 in San Diego, California. Visit us in booth #411.
December 6-10 in Phoenix, Arizona.

New on the McREL blog

 

In the blog post, “Taking Some of the Stress Out of Professional Development,” McREL researchers Sarah Gopalini and Jesse Rainey suggest several effective strategies for setting a positive tone in professional development sessions.

 

McREL’s director of the North Central Comprehensive Center,Kathleen Dempsey, looks at how student work can inform instruction in her blog post, “An AWSM Way to Increase Middle Schoolers’ Math Success,” describing McREL’s formative assessment pilot program (AWSM) for middle school math students and teachers.

Events & Opportunities

McREL’s Summer of Learning 2015

 

We’ve added new workshops and institutes to our 2015 summer professional development line-up. Held at our headquarters in Denver, Colorado, our workshops and institutes combine insightful research with best practices for educators at all levels to help improve students’ odds of success. Discounts are available for early registration and groups of five or more.

 

The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching

June 22-23, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Institute: Balanced Leadership for District-Level Leaders
June 24-26, 2015
Learn more and register here.


Classroom Instruction That Works
July 13-15, 2015
Learn more and register here.

 

Facilitator training: Classroom Instruction That Works
July 13-17, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Institute: Balanced Leadership for School-Level Leaders

July 20-25, 2015
Learn more and register here.

 

Classroom Instruction That Works with English-language Learners
July 27-28, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works

July 29-30, 2015

Learn more and register here.

 

Helping All Students Achieve with a Multi-Tiered System of Support

July 29-30, 2015

Learn more and register here.

News from McREL

One million classroom observations conducted using Power Walkthrough®

 

McREL is pleased to announce that in October our Power Walkthrough system for conducting classroom observations was used for the one-millionth time.The millionth walkthrough took place at Strathmore Secondary College, a public secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. Since first used in 2007 by schools in Twin Falls, Idaho, Power Walkthrough has helped school leaders in 45 U.S. states and 16 countries improve instructional practice in their schools. Read our press release here.

McREL’s Principal Evaluation System approved for use in North Dakota

 

McREL’s Principal Evaluation System, based on our groundbreaking Balanced Leadership® research and professional development program, has been approved by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for use by schools and districts in the state. Read our press releasehere.

In This Issue

Featured Content


Changing Schools: Coaching that makes a difference

Our latest issue ofChanging Schoolsmagazine offers multiple perspectives on coaching and ways to develop the next generation of great teachers and school leaders.

 

Highlights include:

  • A new integrative approach to leadership coaching
  • The importance of informal observations
  • Winning with peer coaching
  • A profile of a growing district using coaching to help reduce variability
  • Altering our mindset about teacher evaluation

Read the issue here.

 
Bryan Goodwin suggests ways to “get all students to speak up”

 

In the classroom, researchers have found that a small percentage of students, usually high performers, tend to dominate discussions. McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin, in his latest “Research Says” column in ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine, offers suggestions for restoring the balance of student engagement in classroom discussions, noting, “Those who remain quiet tend to be low performers, the very students who could most benefit from participation.” Read his article here.

Careers at McREL

    

McREL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to improve education through applied research, development, and service to teachers and leaders at schools, districts, networks and agencies, and higher education institutions.

 

Having the right people at McREL is important to our mission. Our employees are passionate about the work they do, not only because they are helping to enhance lives, but also because they are surrounded by diverse, enthusiastic, and innovative thinkers.

 

We are seeking qualified candidates for the following roles:

 

Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Expertise

 

Chief of Staff

 

Director of Client Solutions–Pacific Region

 

Follow our@McRELJobs Twitter feed and never miss an opportunity to join our staff.

 

Learn more about our work culture and employment listings at our Careers at McRELsite.

Connect with Us on Social Media

    

For the latest in professional development opportunities, education news, research, and McREL employment opportunities, follow us on our social media channels.

 

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn

 

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October 2, 2014

Common Core And Next Generation Standards: Raising The Bar

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October 2014

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NEW WEBSITE

Raising the Bar on Instruction

Today’s college- and career-readiness standards raise the bar for students and education systems alike. WestEd’s new Raising the Bar on Instruction website supports educators with planning and delivering highly effective instruction. You’ll find:

  • Free research-based, media-rich resources
  • Professional development planning and implementation tools
  • Opportunities to collaborate and interact with communities of peers
  • Guidance on resource selection for schools, districts, and states
  • Information about WestEd’s professional development, technical assistance, consultation, research, and evaluation services
Formative Assessment Books
RESOURCES

Formative Assessment: Improve Teacher Instruction and Student Learning

Formative assessment gives teachers immediate information about if and how students are learning and what might be holding them back.

Check out WestEd’s collection of resources designed to help educators understand and implement effective formative assessment.

WestEd Webinars
FREE WEBINAR, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Beyond the Test: ELA Performance Tasks on Smarter Balanced Assessments and Implications for Classroom Instruction

Smarter Balanced English language arts performance tasks ask students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.

In this webinar, participants will review sample tasks and scoring rubrics, and discuss ways to design classroom instruction and assessment that supports and challenges students.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Common Core Standards, Curricula, & Assessment

Does your school district have materials and assessments aligned to the Common Core ELA and Mathematics standards, and are teachers comfortable using them?

As part of a comprehensive transition to the Common Core State Standards, WestEd guides administrators, teachers, and other leaders in developing and implementing research-based curricula and assessments.

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NEW RESOURCES

Best Practices for Early Childhood Educators and Families

Two new online resources—a series of videos and a website—highlight best practices for early childhood educators as well as parents and families of young children.

A complementary resource, California Early Childhood Educator Competencies, describes what well-qualified early childhood educators need to know and be able to do.

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NEW RESOURCE

Using Assessment Data to Guide Math Course Placement of California Middle School Students

Recent studies show that Algebra I may not be suitable for all 8th graders. This Regional Educational Laboratory West report presents the key findings from a study of course placement based on different test scores available for middle school students in California.

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NEW RESOURCE

Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement

When channeled in the right direction, motivation drives student learning. Aligned with Common Core State Standards implementation and Race To The Top Initiatives for teacher evaluation, this new guide offers field-tested techniques for creating and maintaining a highly engaged classroom community.

Product Spotlight
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Formative Assessment Task Banks for Science and Math, Grades 6–8

Augment existing curricula with formative assessment tasks that go beyond simple recall and encourage students to think and reason. Each of these ebooks contain 20 or more black line masters on the following science and math topics:

  • Energy
  • Matter
  • Force & Motion
  • The Number System
  • Equations & Expressions
Featured Initiative
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Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center: Helping State Leaders Improve Education

The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center helps state leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia) implement, support, scale up, and sustain statewide education reforms.

The Center focuses on the following key reform areas:

  • Standards and assessments
  • Educator and leader effectiveness
  • School turnaround
  • Early childhood school readiness
  • College and career readiness
  • Scaling up of innovative approaches that improve student outcomes
  • Effective use of data to improve education
October 2014

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September 18, 2014

Cultivate Effective Leadership — McREL e-News September 2014

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September 2014

Research Roundup

Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education: Recommendations for Policymakers  

Collective Policy Statement from seven university-based research centers
  

This report, produced by seven university-based research centers that co-investigated the educational experiences of boys and men of color, makes 15 recommendations for preK-12 and postsecondary solutions to addressing lagging academic performance in minority groups.

Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing

The New York Times

 

This article from The New York Times examines the results of a recent study out of U.C.L.A. that examined how pretesting improves retention of information. Using multiple-choice tests that asked questions both related and unrelated to the material being taught, students took a pretest at the beginning of a course, and were supplied with the correct answers promptly after taking the test. On the cumulative final exam, students averaged a 10% higher score on questions related to the material taught in the class.

Principals Aren’t Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says Study

Education Week
This article examines the results of a study out of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, which identified barriers to the use of teacher-effectiveness data in human resources decisions: access to the data; lack of availability of value-added measures during decision-making process; lack of understanding of the statistical models used in evaluation systems; and absence of training in how to use the data.

In the Field

McREL’s new teacher evaluation system approved for use in New York

 

McREL International is pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department recently approved McREL’s CUES Teacher Evaluation system for use by schools and districts in New York. The CUES system and McREL’s Principal Evaluation system, which was previously approved for use, now appear on the state’s Teacher and Principal Practice Rubrics approved list, which can be found here.

NAESP and McREL join forces to augment principal mentoring and development

 

To help elementary and middle school principals be successful 21st century leaders, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and McREL International are introducing elements of McREL’s Balanced Leadership® program to NAESP’s nationally certified principal mentors to create an advanced principal mentor training program.

 

In the Advanced Mentor Training in Balanced Leadership, NAESP’s nationally certified principal mentors will deepen their understanding of McREL’s Balanced Leadership research applied to practice. They will use this training to provide targeted support for the development and growth of leadership skills to their protégés.
Advanced Mentor Training in Balanced Leadership will coincide with NAESP’s national Leadership Immersion Institute, January 22-24, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Click here for more information and registration for this event.

 

Read our press release here.

McREL blog: Student success is influenced by district leadership

 

In a recent blog post, CEO and President Tim Waters weighs in on a recent report from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, which looked at whether superintendents affect student achievement within their districts. Their findings run counter to our own research on the same subject, but there were fundamental differences in methodology between the two studies, as Dr. Waters explains. “We discovered positive relationships between key, specific practices of superintendents-and, perhaps more importantly, their leadership teams-and higher average measures of district-level achievement,” he writes. Read the blog post here.

McREL blog: Some schools say no to homework: Is that a good idea?

 

In our latest blog post, Chief Program Officer Howard Pitler offers four tips for teachers that align with research on homework when developing homework policies. He also discusses how heavily homework should weigh on a student’s cumulative grade, asking, “Considering that teachers really can’t know who actually completes homework assignments, is it good practice to allow homework to potentially account for up to half of a student’s grade?” Read the blog post here.

Events & Opportunities

Webinar: The Essentials of a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

 

Join us on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Mountain, for the first in a series of four free 30-minute webinars outlining the essential steps for implementing an MTSS to engage all students toward college- and career-readiness. Future webinars in the series: MTSS Team Structures on December 16; MTSS Data Processes on February 4; and MTSS Standard-driven and Evidence-based Instruction and Intervention on February 25. Register here for the first session.

Denver: District-level Leadership Institute

 

Take your leadership to the next level and make a greater impact on the success of the students and staff in your district. McREL’s District-level Leadership Institute, being held October 20-22 in Denver, offers the latest research and most effective strategies for successfully initiating and managing short- and long-term improvement and innovation in your system:

  • Day 1: Connecting School and District Leadership through the Balanced Leadership® Framework
  • Day 2: Evaluation Systems for Superintendent and Central Office Instructional Staff
  • Day 3: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
This is a free event for superintendents and other district-level leaders. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Space is limited to 40 participants; RSVP required. Register here.

McREL in the News

Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Public School System wishes McREL CEO a happy retirement 

 

An article in Marianas Variety describes a surprise greeting from CNMI Education Commissioner Rita Sablan and her staff, who thanked Tim Waters, McREL’s CEO who will retire at the end of September, for all the help that McREL has given to the school system. “McREL International has helped the islands’ public schools by making sure teachers and education leaders have access to professional development training,” she said.

Penns Valley School District (Pennsylvania) uses 12 Touchstones as study guide for teachers

 

On September 1, the Centre Daily Times in State College, Penn., ran a back-to-school story about local districts, in which superintendent Brian Griffith of Penns Valley School District in Spring Mills mentioned that his district has been using The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching (Goodwin, Hubbell) as a teacher study guide to prepare for the school year, in order to be “demanding, supportive, and intentional.”
In This Issue

Featured Content

Bryan Goodwin explores curiosity in ASCD’s latest Educational Leadership Research Says column

 

Bryan Goodwin observes, “We probably owe most conveniences of modern life to someone’s curiosity,” in his latest column, “Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable,” in ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine, in which he explores the role of curiosity in learning. Read the article here.
Blogger Michael Ebeling posted a thoughtful response to Goodwin’s article on his blog. Read his response here.

Connect with Us on Social Media

    

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September 9, 2014

Common Core and Next Generation Standards: Successful Planning and Implementation

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September 2014

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New Era of Standards: Tap Into WestEd’s Collection of Resources

Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards promote a vision in which all students are highly prepared for both college and career. Plan and implement the new standards in your school, district, and/or state with resources from WestEd, including:

  • Free webinars
  • Free reports
  • Books and publications
WestEd & Partners Webinars
FREE WEBINAR, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

A Close Encounter, Through the Writers’ Eyes, of the New ELA/ELD Framework

Deepen your understanding of California’s new English language arts/English language development (ELD) framework. You will also discover strategies for teaching the Common Core and ELD standards.

The Ones That Got Away
NEW RESOURCE

Why Completing a College Degree Is Not the Only Way to Succeed

Research shows many students participating in workforce training programs at California community colleges secure high earnings whether or not they complete a degree or certificate. This brief explores new ways of measuring community college student success.

Speak Out, Listen Up!
NEW RESOURCE

Speak Out, Listen Up! Tools for Using Student Perspectives and Local Data for School Improvement

Listening closely to what students say about their school experiences can help educators better understand and address local challenges and rethink policies and practices. Learn how to use tools to elicit and listen to student voices to inform school improvement efforts.

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NEW RESOURCE

Doing What Works Online Library

The Doing What Works (DWW) Library contains the full range of DWW materials to help educators improve student academic performance. This new online resource includes interviews with researchers and educators, multimedia examples and sample materials from schools and classrooms, and tools that can help educators take action.

Making Sense of Student Work
NEW WEBSITE

Making Sense of Student Work Protocol and Companion Materials

The Making Sense of Student Work protocol and companion materials help K-12 teachers promote effective student assessment and teacher collaboration around analyzing and interpreting student work.

Product Spotlight
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PD2GO: Early Childhood Professional Development

PD2GO (Professional Development To Go) is a new strategically organized collection of professional development experiences (or “packs”) designed for early childhood center directors and family child care home providers to use with staff. Get started by choosing a pack today.

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Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) is a collaboration between WestEd and CRESST, two national leaders in the standards and assessment field. CSAI helps states and the districts they serve implement high-quality standards and assessments throughout the United States.

CSAI is part of a federal network of technical assistance centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

September 2014

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