With so much attention focused on the importance of teachers, the significant role that principals play advancing instructional improvement, educational equity, and success for all students is frequently overlooked. Principal residency is one innovative approach to improving principal preparation that has shown promise for ensuring new principals are ready to lead.
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26 May 2016
High-quality preschool programs can have far reaching benefits for kids, parents, and communities—and they can provide a high return on initial investments. Some local preschool champions have opted not to wait for federal or state action and have started investing in expanding access and improving the quality of preschool provided in their communities. But scaling up from a model program to citywide or countywide access is difficult. This 10 Series report summarizes our key findings about local preschool initiatives in 10 U.S. communities.
26 May 2016
Unlike transitional bilingual programs that mainly seek to prepare English learners for general education classrooms, dual language programs aim to develop students’ literacy and content area knowledge in both English and a partner language, such as Spanish or Chinese. In this blog post, Andrea Boyle and Lisa Tabaku discuss their latest report which explores how states are developing creative ways to support the expansion of dual language programs.
25 May 2016
About 700,000 individuals are released from correctional facilities annually, and the transition home is not always easy. Failure to reconnect can mean many end up back in prison. AIR recently joined Senator Chris Murphy to lead a discussion on how to implement policy reforms in real-world settings.
19 May 2016
In the Field
More than nine million individuals are released from correctional facilities annually, and the transition home is not always easy. Many face numerous obstacles including poverty, drug abuse, family dysfunction, and lack of access to services and treatment. Failure to reconnect can mean that many end up back in prison: 68 percent of those released are incarcerated again within five years. AIR expert Roger Jarjoura shares his insights on how education can play a role in helping ex-offenders stay out of the justice system.
19 May 2016
The old either/or model of college-prep or vocational education is out of sync with the needs of 21st-century America. Career pathways offer a way out of this bind. They help high school students gain secondary and postsecondary education, training, and support services while they acquire marketable skills, industry-recognized credentials, and eventually good jobs aligned with labor market needs. In this blog post, Jessica Giffin highlights how career pathway systems combine rigorous academics with workplace experience using the latest technologies.
18 May 2016
Federal financial aid is critical to millions of college students’ success each year. Making it possible for policy researchers to leverage the data resources of the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office holds the potential to find ways to help even more students succeed. This report outlines six recommendations that the Department of Education might consider in building secure, accessible, and efficient routes to data-driven policy-making.
18 May 2016
As new technologies emerge, there is a growing perception that schools must utilize the latest technologies.This brief’s authors conducted evaluations of two large-scale technology initiatives and here share six lessons learned about common pitfalls during early stages of implementation.
17 May 2016
Achieving Common Core-aligned mathematics instruction is not easy. AIR has teamed up with the Center for Education Policy at Harvard University to offer high-quality professional development to help teachers, schools, and districts improve their mathematics instruction.
16 May 2016
As competency-based education (CBE) grows in prominence in higher education, leaders of CBE programs will be asked to demonstrate how students in those programs “stack up” against students in traditional non-CBE programs across an array of outcomes, from learning to time-to-degree and affordability. This brief outlines seven considerations for CBE program leaders who want to begin gathering and using rigorous evidence as they build a case for CBE for internal and external audiences.