AIR experts David Osher and Sandra Williamson were at the White House this week speaking at the national convening to "Rethink School Discipline." In this video from an earlier event, we hear from students themselves.
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29 May 2015
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.
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
Student learning objectives (SLOs) have become the preferred measure of student growth in many new systems of teacher evaluation and compensation. This SLO practice brief aims to assist states and districts in the implementation of SLOs by providing practical steps for building a sustainable system of developing and measuring student growth.
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.
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.
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.
23 Apr 2015
Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Title I established educational equity as a federal priority by providing financial assistance to local education agencies serving children of low-income families. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title I, the Education Policy Center at AIR is presenting a video series featuring Elizabeth Grant, AIR Vice President, and Monique Chism, Director of the Office of State Support at the U.S. Department of Education, discussing the history, influence, and future of this important legislation.
15 Apr 2015
Examining the role that policy plays in shaping Title I, Elizabeth Grant, vice president of education at AIR, and Monique Chism, U.S. Department of Education discuss the roles of federal, state, and district policy in ensuring that the Title I program helps provide equal opportunities and accountability for all students.
9 Apr 2015
Exploring the personal impact that Title I schools can have on students, Elizabeth Grant, vice president of education at AIR, talks with Monique Chism, director of the Office of State Support at the U.S. Department of Education, in honor of Title I’s 50th anniversary. In the fourth video in the series Title I: Revisited, Grant and Chism discuss the role that Title I schools can play in helping disadvantaged students reach their full educational potential.