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Changing School District Practices

Ben Levin, Amanda Datnow, and Nathalie Carrier

March 2012

Districts play an important role in education, from connecting communities and schools to managing budgets, making them an equally important player in education reform and the push for student-centered learning.

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning

Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs

February 2012

Quality performance assessments can provide a deep portrait of student mastery for schools and educators. This 2012 report details examples of schools using performance assessment systems and provides a framework and essential elements for implementation.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Curriculum & Instruction

It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years

Robert Halpern

February 2012

Rethinking the high school experience to engage out-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences for students.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Talking about Skills and Learning: A FrameWorks MessageMemo for the Core Story of Education Project

Susan Nall Bales, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Eric Lindland, Moira O'Neil, Adam Simon

February 2012

What obstacles prevent education reformers from engaging in meaningful public conversations?

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

July 2011

Just as there are multiple pathways for students to learn, there are multiple pathways for states to create room for innovation in education policy.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Learning Time, Policy

Integrating Technology with Student-Centered Learning

Babette Moeller and Tim Reitzes

July 2011

43% of students feel unprepared to use technology as they look ahead to higher education or work life.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Technology

It's Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit

Chris Sturgis, Susan Patrick, and Linda Pittenger

July 2011

This report summarizes the key issues discussed at the March 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Time

Leadership in Action: Education, Prosperity, and Economic Competitiveness

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

Across countries and time periods, education has been a universal gateway to greater prosperity, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Systems

Council of Chief State School Officers

June 2011

This roadmap presents a vision for next-generation state accountability systems to support college and career readiness for all students.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy

Leadership in Action: What are Real-World Learning Experiences?

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

If we want to know what today’s students need to succeed, we should listen to those who will be preparing and employing them after they graduate.

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness

Leadership in Action: What are Personalized Learning Pathways?

New England Secondary School Consortium

May 2011

Internships, technical programs, college courses, hands-on science, accelerated study—a new generation of high schools is redefining the learning experience.

Leadership in Action: What is a Proficiency-Based Diploma?

New England Secondary School Consortium

May 2011

Some students leave high school knowing calculus, while others still struggle with basic math. How can we make sure every student graduates prepared?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Competency-Based Education, Learning Time

Leadership in Action: What Should a 21st Century High School Look Like?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2011

Textbooks, chalkboards, and desks were the hallmarks of 20th century schooling. Today’s best schools are borderless community learning centers.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Personalization

Leadership in Action: What Can the World’s Best Schools Teach Us?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2011

National borders no longer define the knowledge and skills needed for success. Lessons from other countries are helping us more effectively prepare our students.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

Leadership in Action: How Do Today's Students Learn?

New England Secondary School Consortium

March 2011

How can we use what we know about the way the brain works to inspire and engage students?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Leadership in Action: What Do Today’s Students Need to Know?

New England Secondary School Consortium

March 2011

Every day, the world is growing more complex and demanding. Today’s students need new skills that will equip them for success in the global economy.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

Robert B. Schwartz, Ronald F. Ferguson, and William C. Symonds

February 2011

Roughly half of all young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills or labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasing demanding economy.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity

Securing the Dream

Maria Idali Torres, et. al.

January 2011

This collection of reports tells the story of the continuing growth of the Latino population in Massachusetts, and offers policy recommendations aimed at improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this population.

Tags: Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

The Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy: What the Research Says

Michelle Renee and Sara McAlister

January 2011

Community organizing for education reform has the potential to create equitable changes in schools and districts.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick

November 2010

Competency-based education has the potential to re-engineer education systems so that failure is no longer an option for students.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy