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Building a National Early Childhood Education System That Works
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| Despite the long-term benefits of early childhood education (ECE) and widespread public support for ECE programs, many children lack access to integrated, inclusive early learning experiences before kindergarten. To build a high-quality, equitable ECE system, federal policymakers can use the tools and resources at their disposal to support state and local efforts to meet the needs of children and families.
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| How can districts reopen schools safely and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools? Marin County, CA, offers one example of a thoughtful approach to school reopening that draws on public health research and partnerships. Using multilayered mitigation strategies and collaborating with the county offices of education and health, Marin safely reopened more than 85% of its schools for in-person learning.
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| Teacher workplace conditions can influence the overall quality of teaching, teacher retention, and school improvement. In North Carolina, several policy strategies have been identified that create the conditions that enable teachers to work more effectively. These policies can help the state build a road map for excellence and equity for every student—and the teachers and administrators who serve them every day.
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| With significant state investment, teacher residencies are spreading throughout California. Vignettes on Humboldt County and Fresno Unified School District highlight examples of California teacher residencies and how they are helping to address shortages and support both students and teachers.
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| School principals have the ability to create an environment that facilitates learning and empowers teachers and other school staff to be effective in the classroom and school community. Research shows that providing elementary school principals with access to high-quality professional learning can build their capacity to lead successful schools and foster student success. Yet many principals report obstacles to participating in professional development.
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| In the fall of 2019, hundreds of thousands of California’s students were learning in classrooms staffed by teachers who were not fully certified. Shortages vary across the state and by subject and are likely to be further impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a number of policy solutions have the potential to mitigate ongoing shortages.
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| “Positive outlier” districts in California have excelled at helping African American, Latino/a, and White students achieve at high levels on assessments of academic standards in English language arts and mathematics. Case studies of seven of these districts indicate that districts can develop leaders by identifying leadership talent from among teachers and cultivating their talent to enable some to move into principalships and central office positions.
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| Some districts in California are beating the odds when it comes to supporting student success across all demographics. Developing and retaining high-quality teachers is one strategy these districts use. This brief looks at lessons learned from the strategies these districts use.
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| Performance assessments are a strategy to improve educational outcomes, but relatively little research examines the key conditions needed to support the implementation of high-quality performance assessments at the district, school, and classroom levels. Initiatives in three California school districts—Los Angeles, Oakland, and Pasadena—provide lessons learned and showcase the role districts can play in facilitating the effective use of performance assessments.
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| To chart a path forward as the nation grapples with the impact of a global pandemic and systemic racism, federal policymakers can advance research-based policies that have been shown to foster equity and opportunity. This resource describes key policies that can help accelerate efforts to ensure that all young people have equal access to a high-quality, world-class education.