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.
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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.
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.
11 May 2015
State Teachers of the Year from across the country joined in a special workshop April 28 at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American Institutes for Research. Working with AIR’s Education Policy Center, the teachers discussed ways to engage policymakers on major education issues. The visit was part of a series of activities honoring State Teachers of the Year, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this video, Shanna Peoples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, discusses education policy and practice.
6 May 2015
How can behavior change initiatives use the digital and physical space in a unified and effective way? This is the evolving question that started with the American Institutes for Research’s Power or Promise panel event in 2014, has continued at the CDC in February, and is now making waves at this year’s 37th Annual NARRTC Conference.
5 May 2015
One objective of the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grants and Race to the Top program is to help states enhance their capacity to support the turnaround of low-performing schools. This brief documents states’ capacity to support school turnaround as of spring 2012 and spring 2013. It examines capacity issues for all states and for those that reported both prioritizing turnaround and having significant gaps in expertise to support it.
30 Apr 2015
State implementation of new standards (revising, adapting, and adopting new standards) is a significant undertaking. Many states are just beginning to consider whether to modify existing science standards, adapt standards being used in other states, or develop new ones. This document is intended to guide state boards of education through this complex process.