Research shows that the most powerful, in-school influence on learning is the quality of instruction that teachers bring to their students. In the next decade, more than 1.5 million new teachers will be hired for our schools; unfortunately, teacher preparation programs may not be up to the task of delivering the teacher workforce we need. This brief describes elements of an effective start-to-finish look at teacher preparation.
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27 May 2015
Magnet schools are best known for offering unique programs or curricula to attract students from outside a school’s neighborhood; many started off as neighborhood public schools but converted with the goals of increasing student diversity and achievement. A nine-year AIR study of 21 magnet schools found that while there was limited evidence that the schools were successful in increasing diversity, there was inconclusive evidence of increased student achievement.
27 May 2015
The demographics of classrooms are changing dramatically. In this video interview, Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh, AIR senior researcher, talks about how schools and teachers can respond to increasingly diverse classrooms.
19 May 2015
Principal observation tools are used to accurately evaluate principal performance by helping principal supervisors and coaches improve instructional leadership. This piece describes how using the right tools is helping principals in the U.S. Virgin Islands develop such evidence-based coaching and performance evaluations.
18 May 2015
Student learning measures have rapidly become common in teacher evaluation systems across the United States. This report provides an overview of key findings from the nearly 20 studies of SLO measures that have been conducted to date, along with considerations for future research and for practice.
14 May 2015
If place heavily impacts social mobility, could strengthening schools be the key to overcoming the effects of growing up in a poor neighborhood? Peter Cookson, AIR principal researcher, explores this question in a blog post for the Education Policy Center.
13 May 2015
For 65 years, mental health organizations, practitioners, and individuals have designated May as Mental Health Awareness month, with the goal of increasing understanding of the issues and the wide swath they cut through our society, encouraging those affected to reach out, and exploring what can help. Learn more about mental health issues and strategies in these selected resources.
12 May 2015
Many children and adolescents who experience mental health issues do not receive the care they need. In this video, Galen Cole, AIR principal researcher, explains how the mental health care system can better serve children, adolescents and their families and ensure they receive the treatment they need.
12 May 2015
Recent upheaval in urban areas reminds us of the devastating impact of trauma on young people. This issue brief defines trauma and highlights its prevalence, opportunities for recovery, and offers seven core principles of a trauma-informed approach for youth service providers.
12 May 2015
In the first in a series of blog posts on teacher leadership, Gretchen Weber, managing researcher at AIR, argues that we honor teachers by letting them lead. Teacher appreciation, she argues, means schools and districts must commit to creating teacher leadership structures that are strong, authentic, and valued.