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March 18, 2011 04:02 pm


Teacher and Leader Effectiveness in High-Performing Education Systems by theAlliance for Excellent Education. This report concludes that high-performing education systems around the world provide valuable lessons for the United States as policymakers and educators seek to develop systems to improve teacher and school leader effectiveness in this country.

Flexible Mobile Platforms from the Consortium for School Networking. This report explores the challenges and benefits that school districts face in allowing children to use mobile devices, both student-owned and school-issued, in the classroom.

What the U.S. Can Learn from the World’s Most Successful Education Reform Efforts from McGraw-Hill Research Foundation. This report calls for United States to raise teaching profession by recruiting more qualified candidates, training them better and paying them more.

How Many Hispanics? Comparing New Census Counts with the Latest Census Estimates from the Pew Research Center. This report finds that the number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most states for which the Census Bureau has released detailed population totals so far.

Growing School Breakfast Participation: New Ways to Deliver Breakfast to Students On-the-Go from the School Nutrition Association. This study finds that the push is on across the country to expand school breakfast participation, particularly in middle and high schools, where students won’t go out of their way to get morning meals.

American Achievement in International Perspective from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. According to this study, the U.S. produces many more high-achieving students than any other OECD nation—more high-achievers than France, Germany, and the UK combined (both in reading and in math). However, the U.S. also produces many more low-achieving students (both in reading and in math) than any other OECD nation, including Mexico and Turkey.

Winning the Education Future: The Role of ARPA-ED from the U.S. Department of Education. In his FY 2011 budget, President Obama proposes the creation of a grant competition at the Education Department called the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED) and will fund as much as $90 million in a first round of at least 10 projects to develop technologies that could transform teaching and learning, department officials say. This publication discusses ARPA-Ed and the program’s goals.

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