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| Two studies create a through line from children to practitioners to policy, describing the essential skills required for young children to be kindergarten ready, the skills educators need to teach them, and effective policies and practices for early educator preparation.
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| This letter from LPI to the U.S. Department of Education addresses the Department’s proposal to eliminate key questions from the biannual Civil Rights Data Collection. These data are gathered by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights and shed light on inequities in educational opportunities for students, providing valuable information for researchers, advocates, and policymakers.
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| Can teaching and learning practices that foster “deeper learning” among all students—not just the most advantaged—be successfully replicated across large numbers of schools? The answer is an unqualified “yes,” according to a new study released today by the Learning Policy Institute.
| Students applying to some New England colleges and universities have seen a new option on their application forms allowing them to submit performance assessment artifacts. The option is made possible through a national initiative, Reimagining College Access (RCA), that brings together more than 100 education organizations, k-12 school systems, and colleges and universities.
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| A recent LPI study identified more than a hundred California school districts in which students across racial/ethnic groups are outperforming similar students in other districts on new math and reading assessments that measure higher order thinking and performance skills. Many of these districts also are closing the gap on a range of other outcomes, including graduation rates. The critical question is: How did they do it?”
Cover photo for The Instructional Leadership Corps: Entrusting Professional Learning in the Hands of the Profession
| A new Learning Policy Institute report looks at how California’s Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is changing the paradigm for teacher learning. Rather than using outside consultants, who often conduct one-time workshops that are less likely to provide meaningful, sustained learning, ILC taps the expertise and experience of local teachers, principals, and superintendents who are trained and supported to provide ongoing professional development to peers in their own districts—and, in many cases, to other schools and districts in their regions.
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| In 2007, the New York legislature enacted a funding formula to address disparities in education. Despite that action, racial and economic disparities in education persist. In testimony before the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, LPI Senior Researcher Peter Cookson discussed research findings that explain why those disparities have persisted, New Jersey’s successful school funding reforms, and recommendations to help ensure that all students receive a sound basic education in New York.
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| EdPrepLab brings together 15 of the nation’s leading teacher and principal preparation programs to collaborate on further developing and documenting models for preparation that equip educators to advance deeper learning and equity, and that can inform other programs across the nation.
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| Social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets—such as self-awareness, self-regulation, communication, compassion, and empathy—can set students up for academic and life success. A new case study by the Learning Policy Institute looks at a preservice and inservice programs preparing teachers to integrate social emotional learning into instruction.
Positive Outliers: Understanding Extraordinary School Districts
| In some California school districts, students of color are reaching extraordinary levels of academic achievement—defying trends and exceeding the performance of students of similar backgrounds in other districts across the state. A new report by the Learning Policy Institute examined which districts have excelled at supporting the learning of students of color as well as White students, taking into account their socioeconomic status.