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  • Accelerated Schools Project “Accelerated Schools plus is a process for accelerating the achievement of all students by empowering learners through academic rigor and inquiry-based instruction. The guiding principle is to accelerate, not remediate.”
  • A Compact for Learning: An Action Handbook for Family-School-Community
    • Partnerships (62pp online booklet)
    • A Guide for School Reform Teams: “This guide is meant to be a resource for teachers and school administrators interested in undertaking school-based reforms. It provides examples of promising reform strategies and lessons learned from a national study of school-based reform.”
    • See also: Work Team in Schools Executive Summary: This article explores why schools are using work teams, what types of teams work well, how to form a team, and some common problems that teams encounter.
  • Association for Effective Schools: The Association for Effective Schools' mission is “to develop and support the leadership and local capacity of schools.” They hope to do this by providing professional development, supportive resources, and recognition of success.
  • America 's Choice: The National Center on Education and the Economy is focused on providing the education and skills necessary to compete economically in a swiftly-globalizing world. Along with implementation, The NCEE is also active in the research, advocacy, and analysis of the background data needed to begin these changes.
  • Atlas Communities: Atlas Communities is a school reform movement dedicated to improving student learning by closely integrating students on several campuses and from various grades together creating a sense of continuity. They focus on providing challenging and innovative learning experiences to all students with help from administrators, teachers, parents and the broader community.

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  • Center for Creative Leadership: The Center for Creative Leadership is "strongly committed to advancing the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. They offer a wealth of information about leadership, ranging from research findings to practical information for managers and executives. "
  • Center (& National Network) for Education Renewal: (John Goodlad) The IEI works with educators “to help improve schools and teacher education to better approximate the ideals of a democratic society.”
  • Center for Leadership in School Reform: (Phillip Schlechty) This organization provides support to those who are leading school reform efforts. The Center's staff primarily works with public school leaders “to transform schools from organizations that produce compliance and attendance to organizations that nurture attention and commitment at all levels in the system.”
  • College Board: (research reports) Provides data, research, and reports on issues in education.
  • Comer School Development Program: School reform based on the Comer Process with combines education with the six developmental pathways (physical, cognitive, psychological, language, social, and ethical) as a framework for making decisions that will benefit children.” This allows progress along multiple tracks, not just cognitive ability.
  • Community for Learning: Focuses on , “school-wide restructuring to encourage shared responsibility, the use of adaptable instructional strategies to meet students' diverse needs, and the development of plans to integrate the school with other educational environments such as the home and community.” It recognizes that learning takes place in environments outside the school (homes, museums, etc.) and attempts to more fully integrate these places with the school routine.
  • Co-nect: Provide district level, data-driven solutions to issues surrounding teaching and learning. It works with teachers to implement professional development programs to increase the effectiveness and quality of their teaching.
  • Core Knowledge: This movement stresses the importance of a grade-by-grade core of knowledge that every student should know. Focused on the elementary grades, the program developed by Prof. E.D. Hirsch Jr. declares that, “for the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness, and higher literacy,” every student should know a core set of concepts and ideas.

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  • Different Ways of Knowing currently under renovation
  • Direct Instruction Model: This model tries to reduce individual creativity and freedom for teachers in order to create more structured, clearer lessons to reduce misinterpretations and increase learning. It uses small learning increments and a detailed teaching procedure to achieve these affects.

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  • Education Commission of the States:“The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders.”
  • Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound: Using learning expeditions consisting of long-term study of important questions through fieldwork, group projects, and group presentations, this program focuses on combining intensive academic requirements with real world experience.

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  • Foundation for Critical Thinking: “The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking aim to improve education in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities by presenting publications, and programs, emphasizing instructional strategies, Socratic questioning, critical reading and writing, higher order thinking, assessment, research, quality enhancement, and competency standards.”
  • First Things First: A reform based on smaller learning environments and family/community/school interaction, First Things First focuses on giving students the tools needed to succeed in a post-secondary or job environment.

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  • High Schools That Work: The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) uses the High Schools That Work program to hold schools in its 16 member states accountable to high education standards while challenging the state governments to provide the money necessary for such development.

  • High/Scope Primary grades Approach to Education: With a mission to, “lift lives through education,” High/Scope uses active participation in learning, meaning students take a hands-on approach to education by making their own choices for education and following through on them. Adults act more as partners than supervisors in the students education.

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  • Knowledge is Power Program The KIPP network currently includes 66 mostly charter public schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia , and serves more than 16,000 students. Most KIPP students are members of minority groups from low-income families.

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  • League of Professional Schools (Carl Glickman) The League of Professional Schools is a “practitioner driven network of schools in which each school initiates and implements a democratic learning community that is student-oriented and focused on improving teaching and learning for all.”

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  • More Effective Schools: Focuses on a clear mission and high expectations for every school, using data-driven research to increase leadership, professional development programs to increase teacher-effectiveness, and community interaction to develop a better environment.

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  • The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) [Linda Darling-Hammond ] “NCREST works to develop understandings that help schools become: learner-centered by focusing on the needs of learners in school organization, governance, and pedagogy; knowledge-based, by restructuring teacher learning and professional development; and responsible and responsive, by restructuring accountability and assessment practices.”
  • National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education: “NCPIE s erve as a visible representative for strong parent and family involvement initiatives at the national level. They c onduct activities that involve the coalition's member organizations and their affiliates and constituencies in efforts to increase family involvement.” They also “p rovide resources and legislative information that can help member organizations promote parent and family involvement.”
  • National Commission on Teaching & America's Future “NCTAF works through partnerships with national organizations, policymakers, state agencies, school districts, business leaders, and the higher education community to raise awareness, mobilize stakeholders, and strengthen policies to improve teaching quality.”
  • National Network of Partnership Schools: (Johns Hopkins) The mission of this Center is to conduct and disseminate research, programs, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices that help parents, educators, and members of communities work together to improve schools, strengthen families, and enhance student learning and development.
  • National School Boards Association: The mission of the NSBA, working with and through all of its Federation Members, is to “foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership.”
  • NCLB 181pp online desktop reference guide: The No Child Left Behind Reference Guide provides educators with the information needed to implement the NCLB policies.
  • also (elect NCLB link on front page under NSTA presents) “NSTA publishes books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. Each year [they] hold four conferences on science education and provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another. [They] inform Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce.”
  • National Education Goals Panel: (website no longer maintained or updated, but still functioning) “The National Education Goals Panel (NEGP) is a unique bipartisan and intergovernmental body of federal and state officials created in July 1990 to assess and report state and national progress toward achieving the National Education Goals.”

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  • Onward to Excellence: The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory provides research-based products, technical assistance and training to schools. Schools and the community both bear responsibility for creating an active and positive learning environment.

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  • Parent Institute (family involvement w schools) “The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, audio CDs, brochures, videos and presentation kits.”
  • Partnership for Family Involvement in Education:“The work of the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education addresses issues, provides information, expands professional development, and offers opportunities for sharing and networking, all in the area of educating America 's children.”
  • Project Zero (Harvard/Howard Gardner et al) “Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.”

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  • Quantum Learning: Providing development workshops for teachers and administrators, as well as life skills programs for students, Quantum Learning uses summer programs to reinvigorate staff and student alike.

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  • Rural School & Community Trust:“The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. [Their] mission is to help rural schools and communities get better together.”

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  • School Development Program:“The SDP is the organization charged with implementing the Comer Process in school communities. The Comer Process, a school and system-wide intervention formulated by Dr. James P. Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center , aims to bridge child psychiatry and education.”
  • Southwest Educational Development Lab/Strategies for Increasing School Success:“During recent years, [SEDL] has helped states, districts, and schools meet the challenges presented by the No Child Left Behind Act using a mix of research-based professional development, strategies, and resources.”
  • Success for All (Robert Slavin) Success for All's top priority is “the education of disadvantaged and at-risk students in pre-K through grade eight. [They] use research to design programs and services that help schools better meet the needs of all their students.”
  • School Renaissance: Tries to get students motivated and engaged in the learning process through technology in the reading, writing, and math curriculum. The technology also gives teachers instant feedback allowing decisions to be based on real-time data.

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  • Teachers Clearinghouse for Science & Society Education, Inc. : (includes free on-line STS newsletter)
  • Teachers College/Columbia Univ. TC Record: “The Teachers College Record is a journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education.”
  • Teachers.Net Lesson Exchange:Teachers.Net allows educators to share lesson plans for grades k-12 in all content areas.
  • Teacher's Network: Teacher's Network core purpose is “to empower, recognize, and connect teachers to improve student learning, and to advocate for teacher leadership.”
  • Technical Education Research Centers/TERC (math, science & MBL R&D center) “TERC's work in mathematics and science education includes research, curriculum and technology development, and implementation support in the form of professional development and assistance to districts and schools. [Their] programs span pre-kindergarten through college, and include adult basic education and informal learning at museums, at home, and in after-school programs.”
  • Third International Math. & Science Study
    AND info@enc.org or 800-621-5785 (CD-ROM) (assessment & evaluation) “The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.”
  • Triangle Coalition for Science & Technology Education: Triangle Coalition's Mission is “to bring together the voices of government, business, and education to improve the quality and outcome of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.”
  • Talent Development High School with Career Academies: The Talent Development High School Model is focused on large high schools with attendance, achievement, discipline, and dropout problems. The goal is to establish a strong, positive school environment in which all students will be able to complete and acell in advanced high school English and math courses.
  • Talent Development Middle School: Provides subject-specific teacher support and professional development, integrated curriculum and extra help for students along with a de-emphasis on tracking. They also focus on providing a welcoming school climate.
  • Turning Points: Working in middle schools, Turning Points aims at involving students in the planning and implementation of their own education, creating new links between the school and the community, redesigning the school schedule, and teaching a curriculum based on standards.

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  • USA Today/Education Online: “ USA TODAY Education provides custom-made teacher guides that correlate to any issue of USA TODAY, providing lessons, activities, and project ideas that cut across the disciplines.”
  • U.S. Dept. of Education/Federal Resources for Educational Excellence/FREE (MS covers 35 agencies & 12 subject areas) This site provides free teaching and learning resources from 35 federal agencies in 12 subject areas.
  • U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) “The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.”
  • Publish annual The Condition of Education: This publication includes “enrollments in preschool, elementary/secondary, and postsecondary education; student achievement; high school dropout, college transition, and college persistence rates; trends in high school course taking, school choice, and the qualifications of teachers; the impacts of work on college students, distance education, and faculty salaries; and, levels of education funding.”
  • U.S. Dept. of Education Publications Center: The ED Pubs web site is intended to help you identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Urban Learning Centers (ULC): ULC's focus on raising and maintaining student achievement in urban school districts using technology along with providing schools with a team of specialists to help implement a reform plan.

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Last Updated: 4/21/16