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A teacher and a principal talking while walking in a school hallway.
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| Effective educational leaders are important for student and teacher success, yet leaders’ access to professional learning varies across states and communities. States can use federal, state, and local funding sources to build infrastructure to support long-term leadership development and meet the professional learning needs of their educational leaders.
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| In 2019, state legislators re-invested in the discontinued 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) to provide free, high-quality professional learning to PreK–12 educational leaders. Evidence suggests 21CSLA has positively influenced participants' knowledge, skills, and practices, particularly in areas related to evidence-based practices, continuous improvement, and equity.
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| Teaching performance assessments (TPAs) are used by many states to assess candidates’ classroom readiness—a critical mission for preparation programs and the state agencies that approve programs and set licensure standards. Understanding the relationship between preparation experiences and TPA success can inform programmatic and policy decisions.
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Transforming Schools blog series: "Supporting Learning and Well-Being" by Tara Kini
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| Using federal, state, and local funding sources, Buena Vista Horace Mann K–8 Community School’s approach supports students’ physical and emotional well-being in myriad ways, including offering the school as an overnight shelter for families experiencing homelessness.
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| Thoughtful improvements and support of teaching performance assessments has the potential to strengthen preparation statewide and increase the readiness of the state’s teaching candidates as they enter the classroom.
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Transforming Schools Blog Series: "Prioritizing Community and Authentic Learning" by Charlie Thompson
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| While most school leaders manage countless priorities, William Smith High School explores what can happen when the focus is deliberately refined to the essentials, such as building community, exploring project-based learning, and integrating professional learning into the school’s culture.
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| Teacher residencies offer an approach to address teacher shortages while improving teacher preparation. Through robust financial and educational support, residencies attract diverse candidates who stay in teaching. Five effective California programs yield policy recommendations, including strategies for designing and funding sustainable, affordable programs that support candidates.
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Two high school students work together in science class holding up a model skeleton
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| A number of schools have been effective at rejecting the factory model and redesigning their systems to create safe environments with opportunities for exciting and rigorous academic work. Their successes have ideas in common, offering 10 important lessons for other schools.
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Blog Series: Transforming Schools. "California Community Schools Partnership Program"
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| In 2021, the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) was launched to support the implementation of community schools across the state. The UCLA Center for Community Schooling provides a first glance at the progress of approximately 450 schools that are supported through CCSPP implementation grants.
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Transforming Schools blog series: Community Schools Transforming Education Nationwide by Jane Quinn and Martin Blank
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| In a growing number of neighborhoods and school districts across the U.S., community schools are transforming public education for the better and providing a strategy for helping to tackle our country's most serious problems, including extreme inequality and racial injustice.