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AIR examines 16 successful applications from the Race to the Top District awards. Four trends mark grantees' efforts to implement teaching and learning innovations, including blended learning environments, individualized career readiness plans, and empowering stakeholders.
Recent events such as those in Oklahoma, Boston, and Texas can leave people—especially children—feeling sad, angry, out of control, overwhelmed, and unsafe. The National Center on Family Homelessness developed a resource, Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children, to help.
AIR is working with RAND to evaluate the strategic human capital reform efforts of three school districts and a cluster of charter management organizations identified by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among preliminary findings, the authors assert that the sustainability of the reforms studied relies on buy-in from stakeholders, and the ability of the districts to become more efficient in the way they create better results for students.
Are current funding allocations accurately distributing Title I funds? According to a new report, when fully adjusted for regional differences, Title I funding patterns disproportionately favor rural school districts in low cost of living states.
To assess teacher effectiveness in accordance with state and federal policies—such as the Race to the Top program—many states and districts are using growth and value-added models as one component of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system.