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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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