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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

A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life

Jill Norton, Lisa Famularo, Michael Bennett, and Ivy Washington

October 2010

How are school and district leaders supporting the integration of 21st century skills into public education?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness

Massachusetts' Forgotten Middle Skills Jobs

Michelle Wilczynski

July 2010

Middle-skills jobs—those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—are critical to the state’s economic growth.

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

Disconnected Young Adults in New England

Ephraim Weisstein and Flora Traub

June 2010

Too many young adults, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups, are leaving high school without the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and the emerging workforce.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Policy

Ready for the Future: The Role of Performance Assessments in Shaping Graduates' Academic, Professional, and Personal Lives

Laurie Gagnon

June 2010

How can performance assessments help high school students prepare for success in college and beyond? Through a series of interviews with Boston public school graduates, this study analyzes how performance assessment systems prepared students for future academic, professional, and personal endeavors.

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems

Rosann Tung

January 2010

Performance assessments, often used for individual student evaluation, are effective measurements, but rarely incorporated into accountability systems at the district and state levels.

Tags: Assessment, Finance & Governance

Meaningful Linkages between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners

B. McLaughlin and T.L. Phillips

November 2009

What do effective summer learning partnerships look like? This report offers guidance and examples for schools and communities looking to develop and manage successful summer learning partnerships.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

July 2009

Pre-K is proven to improve educational outcomes, but not all students have access to high-quality programs.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy