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High School Reform

Webinar:

World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

In this webinar panelists will discus the key question behind Andreas Schleicher’s new book, World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System. He writes, “Every economic age has its core asset. In the agricultural age that asset was land; in the industrial age it was capital; and in our times, it is the knowledge, skills and character qualities of people. This core asset remains largely untapped and undervalued. It’s time for us to change that.” Schleicher examines the many successes from which to learn, looking seriously and dispassionately at good practice in countries around the world, all to understand what works in which contexts.

Join the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) for a spirited and thoughtful conversation between Schleicher and All4Ed’s president Bob Wise.

Categories: Education and the Economy, Education Technology, High School Reform, International Comparisons

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Three Factors for Success in Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students

For decades, educators have sought to find better ways to close achievement gaps and better serve students at risk of failing courses or dropping out of high school. Of particular concern are the needs of students who struggle with personal challenges, such as pregnancy, mobility, or homelessness, and those who face academic challenges including credit deficiencies, are English language learners, or have special education needs. Many districts have turned to technology-driven solutions; yet in many cases, these efforts have failed to produce consistent improvements in student outcomes.

According to a new report by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), research indicates that there are examples of successful approaches to using technology to support at-risk students. SCOPE’s Linda Darling-Hammond, one of the report’s authors, will discuss the findings of the literature review and the three factors for success with at-risk students.

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Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Teaching and Learning

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar to discuss a new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century. Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Education for the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), written by Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath, examines school practices that support the development of deep content knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and academic mindsets.

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West Virginia: First State to Implement Project 24 at the State Level to Personalize Learning for All Students

In 2013, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the state would be the first in the nation to undertake Project 24 (P24) as a statewide effort to personalize learning for all students. P24 is a ground-breaking initiative led by the Alliance to help states and school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning to ensure that students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. The Alliance is working with West Virginia to assist in their efforts. All fifty-five West Virginia county school districts and two districts run by the state completed the P24 self-assessment, which provides important information to help in the P24 planning efforts.

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Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series)

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent technology innovations, such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools are run and structured to achieve college and career readiness in today’s competitive global economy. Digital leadership in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to its fullest.

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Webinar: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released in conjunction with the webinar—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the county.=

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Briefing: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released at the event—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system.

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Results of the OECD’s 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey

American teachers participated for the first time in the 2013 round of TALIS, which focuses on teachers’ professional context and the conditions of the learning environment in which they teach. TALIS captures the perspectives of practitioners on key topics, including the degree to which teachers’ professional development needs are being met, insights into the beliefs and attitudes about teaching that teachers bring to the classroom, and the role that school leaders play in fostering an effective teaching and learning environment.

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Accelerating Blended Learning

Blended learning combines traditional face-to-face instruction, usually offered by a teacher in a traditional school building with high-quality digital content, including online instruction and other technological tools. In its most effective form, blended learning personalizes the learning of each student, allowing opportunities for students to take both required and elective courses and create a portfolio of opportunities and paths to succeed. Successful blended learning also allows for competency-based progression that empowers students to move at their own pace and advance only when they have mastered content; and uses technology to make implementation possible at scale. These three key elements of blended learning are what TLA focuses on in its work.

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State Digital Learning Legislation: Recent Trends and Future Implications

Half of the nation’s state legislatures have considered or are considering legislation that could have a significant impact on state- and district-level digital learning efforts. Both the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Conference of State Legislatures are keeping a close watch on bills related to digital learning policy, online learning, competency-based education, and the rapidly evolving area of data privacy.

In an interview with Tom Murray, Stephen Bowen, and Sunny Deye will discuss state legislative activities, implications of recent policy changes, and developing trends in legislation. They will also share insight into how these policies and laws could impact digital learning in states and school districts across the nation.

Categories: Data and Privacy
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What’s Happening in Washington, DC? A Federal Education Policy Update

Although not much is moving in Congress, there are a number of important education developments that are transpiring. Members of the Alliance’s federal policy and advocacy staff will provide an update on these and other topics, and answer questions regarding what is, or is not, happening in Washington.

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