It takes a community: Community schools provide opportunities for all

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Everyone benefits when a school assumes responsibility for coordinating services that address the many nonacademic needs of students and their families. By Reuben Jacobson, Lisa Villarreal, José Muñoz, and Robert Mahaffey At one school, a teacher shows up every day with a solid lesson plan and a great attitude. She has most of her students [...]

The big picture: How many people influence a student’s life? 


Schools must connect the strands across dozens of teachers, thousands of lessons, and 15,000 hours of schooling to ensure that each student leaves as a well-educated, decent human being. By Kim Marshall The graphic below shows a hypothetical student’s journey from kindergarten through 12th grade. In each year, the width of the rectangles represents the [...]

Learning from schools that close opportunity gaps


  The Schools of Opportunity project recognizes public high schools that exemplify how research-based practices can challenge and support all students. By Sarah E. LaCour, Adam York, Kevin Welner, Michelle Renée Valladares, and Linda Molner Kelley Policy makers, journalists, and many parents tend to equate high-quality schools with high scores on standardized tests. Based on [...]

Microcredentials: Teacher learning transformed


Microcredentials offer a new way for teachers to document their learning using work samples, videos, and other artifacts and have the potential to transform professional development. By Barnett Berry, Kathleen M. Airhart, and P. Ann Byrd We teachers are passionate about our professional learning. But rarely are we able to use artifacts from our classroom [...]

Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned


Years ago, many states came up with effective ways to address teacher shortages only to see those efforts dismantled for political reasons. It is time to restore them. By Barnett Berry and Patrick M. Shields Over the next decade, we will recruit and hire more than 2 million teachers for America’s schools. More than half [...]

The art of partnerships: Community resources for arts education


The shift from the No Child Left Behind Act to the recently authorized Every Student Succeeds Act could beckon a renaissance of K-12 arts education in the U.S. By Daniel H. Bowen and Brian Kisida When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, arts advocates were relieved to see that the new law [...]

Managing stress for at-risk students


A Massachusetts school that specializes in educating highly stressed adolescents offers lessons that could benefit all classrooms.  By Ellen J. Spiegel Jeremy entered the school, visibly angry and despondent. When his homeroom teacher gently asked him how he was doing, there was no response. He sat at his desk with a scowl on his face, [...]

Teaching students of color: Looking race in the face


Schools that achieve strong results with black students address race directly and teach in ways that empower students to learn. By Derek Mitchell, Jesse Hinueber, and Brian Edwards To promote equality, many educators try to be “colorblind.” They try to look past the race of their students to avoid bias and create a refuge from [...]

The right network for the right problem


Tackling challenging educational systems problems — and spurring effective collective action — requires a network designed for that purpose. By Louis M. Gomez, Jennifer L. Russell, Anthony S. Bryk, Paul G. LeMahieu, and Eva M. Mejia Educators are increasingly realizing that individuals working in isolation can’t adequately address the teaching and learning problems facing us [...]

The promise of a college scholarship transforms a district


By Gary W. Ritter and Jennifer Ash

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