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Common Core Meets Education Reform

Author : Frederick M. Hess
ISBN : 9780807772843
Genre : Education
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How can the Common Core complement and not conflict with school improvement efforts already at work across the United States? How can it be seamlessly integrated into accountability systems, teacher preparation and development, charter schools, and educational technology? This timely volume brings together prominent scholars and policy analysts to examine the pressing issues that will mark Common Core implementation. Whether or not you agree with the standards, the Common Core is coming, and this book will help policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders anticipate the challenges and take steps to address them. “Common Core Meets Education Reform raises the hard questions about implementing and sustaining the Common Core State Standards so they don’t end up in the dustbin of abandoned public education reforms. These new standards can help students enormously in becoming problem solvers and critical thinkers—which is essential in the 21st century—but only if teachers become engaged in the rollout, get the support they need, and the fixation on high-stakes testing gives way to a fixation on learning.” —Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers “Adopting the Common Core in a mad dash for federal gold, policymakers across the country blew right past critical questions about how they’d implement the thing. This volume, in stark contrast, meticulously studies the road ahead, seeking out tripwires, pitfalls, and boulders, making it a must-read for anyone who hopes to avoid total Common Core disaster.” —Neal McCluskey, associate director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, Washington, DC “This balanced, wide-ranging, and deeply informed book is certain to guide educators and reformers through a complex time of transition for U.S. education. But it also turns out to be timely and clarifying as politicians battle over ambitious new academic standards with plenty of heat and smoke but appallingly little illumination. Thanks to the authors for turning on some lights!” —Chester E. Finn, Jr., senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and serves as executive editor of Education Next. Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.
Category: Education

Thinking And Acting Systemically

Author : Alan Daly
ISBN : 9780935302578
Genre : Education
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This volume argues that districts are important as a lever for change given the limited success of school-by-school efforts. Policies that focus on skill development, recognize and support performance, create opportunities for collaboration, build leader capacity, and create networks of knowledge sharing hold great potential for improving districts but it will require a paradigm shift in the way we view our public school system and those who work within it - away from blame and toward complext systems change.
Category: Education

Integrating Children S Literature Through The Common Core State Standards

Author : Rachel L. Wadham
ISBN : 9781610696098
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Implementation of the Common Core State Standards with the integration of children's literature can transform teaching and learning into a holistic and engaging experience. • Offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the CCSS • Defines and explains the CCSS three-prong approach to text complexity • Provides usable lesson and unit plans • Explains how to use children's literature as a primary tool for implementing the CCSS
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Fighting For Change In Your School

Author : Harvey Alvy
ISBN : 9781416624165
Genre : Education
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In this indispensable book for K–12 leaders, Harvey Alvy offers a thoughtful roadmap and guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess school- or districtwide initiatives that actually work. The book is filled with a wealth of resources—action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols—for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement. Alvy discusses in detail the six "red flags" that educators confront daily and a set of countervailing strategies (six practical guidelines) to pursue meaningful reforms, initiatives, and innovations: Red Flags The Narrative Trap Overpromising and Overloading Minimizing the Enormous Difficulty of Implementation Eyes off the Prize Historical Amnesia The Business “Solution” Guidelines Building a Collaborative Learning Community Effectively Using Human, Fiscal, and Material Resources Respecting the Change Process Sustaining a Coherent School Mission and Vision Embracing Timeless and Eclectic Teaching Practices Championing and Empowering the Underserved Selecting and implementing reforms, initiatives, and practices wisely is key if we truly want the best for our students--and skipping the necessary planning and forethought can be catastrophic. Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance is the book every educator needs to ensure the former and prevent the latter. The time to address these challenges is now.
Category: Education

Bush Obama School Reform

Author : Frederick M. Hess
ISBN : 1682532178
Genre : Education
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Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane have gathered a diverse group of scholars to examine the significant expansion of the federal role in education across the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The contributors address a wide range of topics, from standards and accountability to charter schools to the federal role in education research and the civil rights paradigm as a way of framing education issues. Bush-Obama School Reform offers a wealth of insight into the factors that support or constrain an expanded federal role in a range of education reforms and provides invaluable guidance for a changing era. "The best policy is designed for the future with a deep appreciation for what the past has taught. Bush-Obama School Reform, the first scholarly compendium of lessons from sixteen of the most active and activist years in education policy, launches a critical discussion." --Joanne Weiss, president, Weiss Associates, former chief of staff to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and former director, Race to the Top Program "These smart essays deftly explore the paradoxes, ironies, lessons, ambitions, brands, victories, and defeats of education reform at the federal level. The book serves as a cautionary tale of 'policy windows' that open wide nationally and the forces that slam them shut, and offers lessons for the next generation of education wonks." --Stefanie Sanford, chief, Global Policy and External Relations, The College Board "This collection captures a fresh perspective on the politics and ideas that defined an era in education policy. Those working to shape the path forward should seek ways to build upon the lessons learned in Bush-Obama School Reform." --Roberto J. Rodriguez, former White House deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, and president and CEO, Teach Plus Frederick M. Hess is the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael Q. McShane is the director of national research at EdChoice.
Category: Education

Education Reform In The Obama Era

Author : Robert Maranto
ISBN : 9781137582126
Genre : Education
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This book offers a sophisticated overview of President Obama’s education agenda, exploring how and why education policy became national and ultimately presidential over the past seven decades. The authors argue that the Obama education agenda, though more ambitious, is broadly in line with those of recent presidencies, reflecting elite views that since substantial increases in spending have failed to improve equity and achievement, public schools require reforms promoting transparency such as the Common Core national standards, as well as market based reforms such as charter schools. While sympathetic to President Obama’s goals, the authors argue that the processes used to implement those goals, particularly national standards, have been hurried and lacked public input. The Obama administration’s overreach on school reform has sparked a bipartisan backlash. Even so, Maranto, McShane, and Rhinesmith suspect that the next president will be an education reformer, reflecting an enduring elite consensus behind school reform.
Category: Education

Teacher Quality 2 0

Author : Frederick M. Hess
ISBN : 161250700X
Genre : Education
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Debates over teacher quality are among the most heated exchanges in the education reform arena. But while scholars and policy makers grapple with questions about teacher preparation, compensation, and evaluation, the role of teachers is changing. In schools across the country, educators are experimenting with new models for recruiting, training, and supporting teachers, and are innovating strategies for deploying their talents through differentiated roles and the use of technology. Most of the policy measures currently under consideration, however, are designed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Teacher Quality 2.0 argues that much cutting-edge work in teacher quality is happening in nontraditional environments such as online or hybrid learning, where teacher roles can be very specialized, or in charter schools that are experimenting with new approaches to staffing. The editors examine fruitful innovations taking place on the margins of the traditional education sector that promise to improve teacher quality in a more strategic way.More flexible approaches to teacher quality, the editors caution, require vigilance against backwardlooking policies that bake in traditional assumptions about teachers' roles. The editors of this provocative volume have convened a diverse array of contributors to explore these emerging practices and investigate how current research and policy initiatives may affect the next generation of innovation in teaching.
Category: Education

Educational Entrepreneurship Today

Author : Frederick M. Hess
ISBN : 1612509274
Genre : Education
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In Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane assemble a diverse lineup of high-profile contributors to examine the contexts in which new initiatives in education are taking shape. They inquire into the impact of entrepreneurship on the larger field--including the development and deployment of new technologies--and analyze the incentives, barriers, opportunities, and tensions that support or constrain innovation. Over the past decade, entrepreneurship has moved from the periphery to the center of education reform. Policy measures, philanthropic support, and venture capital increasingly promote initiatives that drive innovation within and outside the traditional education sector. These initiatives have included spectacular successes, like Khan Academy, Teach For America, and Wireless Generation, as well as highly visible failures, like the InBloom data warehouse. Educational Entrepreneurship Today offers critical perspectives on the impact of entrepreneurship and also includes lessons from leading entrepreneurs, in which they use case studies drawn from their own experience to illustrate the realities of leading disruptive change in education and pose guiding questions for the next generation of innovators. In a time of increasing polarization around education policy, this timely, frank, and insightful volume shows how we can begin to create systems in which entrepreneurial ideas and fresh thinking are welcomed, constructively employed, and held accountable for the public good.
Category: Education

Financing Education Systems

Author : Bruce D. Baker
ISBN : UOM:39015070771624
Genre : Education
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of school finance, while establishing a firm understanding of the relationship between school finance systems to their broader economic, political and sociological context. Organization: This book is organized around (a) context, (b) equity, (c) adequacy and (d) productivity and efficiency. Research Base: This book is based on the best available and most up-to-date empirical research by leading scholars across the various fields related to school finance policy. Simulation Activities: This book inlcudes numerous spreadsheet simulation and data analysis activities. The authors have developed user friendly simulations with thorough documentation regarding the use and underlying assumptions of the simulation. Companion Website: Includes up-to-date, downloadable versions of all chapter simulations.
Category: Education

New And Better Schools

Author : Michael Q. McShane
ISBN : 9781475814392
Genre : Education
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If school choice policy is to improve the American education landscape, careful thought must be put in to understand how it can expand existing high quality schools and create new high quality schools to serve more children. New and Better Schools attacks this problem from the perspective of both researchers and practitioners, documenting the hurdles entrepreneurial school leaders face and offering a way forward.
Category: Education

Annual Meeting Program

Author : American Educational Research Association
ISBN : STANFORD:36105113127737
Genre : Education
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Educational Innovation

Author : Charles E. Greenawalt
ISBN : UOM:39015029091686
Genre : Education
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the education reform movement throughout the nation, and offers an agenda to ensure that United States schools will offer a world-class education. Twenty-seven educational reform and educational leaders from across the country examine the history of the educational reform movement and its current status across the country. The most salient topics in education reform are examined, such as accountability, assessment, certification, funding equity, unionization, community service requirements, educational choice, home schooling, Learnfare, magnet schools, Chris Wittle's Project Edison, and Ted Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools' philosophy. Co-published with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
Category: Education

California Education Summit

Author : California. State Department of Education
ISBN : 0801108624
Genre : Education
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These papers, by unidentified staff members of the California Department of Education, were supplied to participants in the California Education Summit for discussion and the development of specific recommendations. The summit's keynote address, "The Global Democratic Revolution" (Diane Ravitch), is also included, as is an alphabetical listing of summit participants. The papers are titled as follows: (1) "Educational Accountability: A Driving Force for School Reform"; (2) "Educational Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Information to Improve Student Performance"; (3) "The Number 1000: A Proposal to Measure School Performance with a Single Accountability Index"; (4) "Curriculum"; (5) "High School Transitions"; (6) Adult Literacy"; (7) "Organizing More Effective Services for Children, Youth, and Families At Risk"; (8) "Restructuring to Improve Student Performance"; and (9) "Teacher Preparation and Recruitment." (MLF)
Category: Education

Keys To Changing The System

Author : National Governors' Association
ISBN : UOM:39015050043887
Genre : Education
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The state initiatives described in this report are geared toward meeting the national education goals. Although they vary considerably, the initiatives emphasize the importance of establishing high-level goals and standards applicable to all students and providing local flexibility in exchange for accountability. Many initiatives involve: (1) comprehensive legislative packages addressing all six national goals and stressing connections between K-12 education, early childhood, and lifelong learning efforts; (2) new broad-based coalitions of educators, policy-makers, and business people working to develop comprehensive statewide strategic plans for educational improvement and a common core of learning; and (3) educational reform efforts stressing school-based decision making, new approaches to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and professional development opportunities for educators. Regarding implementation, governors need to communicate clearly the reform goals and directions to the public, overcome reluctance to change, create long-term solutions in the face of short-term pressures, and support and sustain systemwide human resource development. The individual plans of Arizona, Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming are summarized. (MLH)
Category: Education