Concurrent Conversations Briefing Materials
In preparation for the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), we want you to
have an opportunity to dig deeper into the equity conversation at the national level as well as seven complex education issues – the resolution of which will help to close opportunity gaps and have a
positive impact on educational outcomes for all children-- that will be discussed in small group concurrent conversations. View the WPS agenda.
We hope that you will review the
briefing materials below, collect your thinking – and, perhaps, generate some
questions you want answered. The briefing materials are divided into two sections:Newsweek
The Common Core State Standards aim to raise student
achievement by standardizing what's taught in schools across the United States,
but have sparked controversy among educators, parents and politicians. In this
Special Report, A Guide to Common Core,
U.S. News & World Report offers insight and analysis about the issues.
Check out the interactive Common Core map to learn about
the states that have: Adopted Common
Core standards, not adopted
Common Core standards, or have taken a break from implementation. You can view the interactive map here.
Flying under the radar? Analyzing Common Core media coverage
Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane, American Enterprise Institute
An analysis of media coverage of the Common Core State Standards
Initiative shows the effort largely flew under the radar until recently. As media coverage increased and the public
became more educated about the Common Core, the controversy surrounding it has
intensified. The American Enterprise Institute discusses media coverage of the common core, its implications and here.
Conversation Topic -
Teachers & Quality Leaders: Preparing Them/Keeping Them
Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University with the Assistance of Channa Cook, Ann Jaquith, and Madlene Hamilton
Teacher evaluation in the United States needs an overhaul.
Existing systems rarely help teachers improve or clearly distinguish those who
are succeeding from those who are struggling. Criteria and methods for
evaluating teachers vary substantially and there is little agreement about the
best way to ensure that all students have high quality teachers. The Standford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education created a comprehensive study of the criteria and methods to evaluating teachers and student in an effective way. The comprehensive study can be viewed here.
Actions Matter-Equity Principles for School Leaders
Lynda Tredway, Coordinator, Principals Leadership Institute
In this short synopsis, the Oakland Leadership Taskforce discussed educational equity in connection with school leadership. From the study, it was found that principals who are explicit about the equity issue and clear about the next steps, whether the issue was micro or macro, are more likely to disrupt historical inequities and provide access and opportunity to learn for all students. The brief of overview of the study can be found here.
Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems
Laura Goe, Ph.D., Educational Testing Service, Lynn Holdheide, Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research, and Tricia Miller, Ph.D.,
The Greater Teachers and Leaders Center at American Institutes of Research presents a similar guide on teacher evaluation and techniques to better to improve the overall evaluation system. The study includes development and implementation of teacher evaluation plans at the state level and suggestions for further implementation. For more insight on effective teacher evaluation methods, the study can be seen here.
Conversation Topic- Reforming Postsecondary Education/Jumpstarting Social Mobility
Reforming Post-secondary Education Policy to Jumpstart Social Mobility
Andrew Kelly, Director, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute
expand affordable post-secondary opportunity without breaking the bank,
policymakers must embrace innovation and competition. The article presented by the American Enterprise Institute discusses the way in which we as educators can improve policies placed by the federal government that limit how effectively college can impact social mobility. This insightful article will help participants focus on how to effectively influence the federal government in the pursuit of bettering post-secondary education.The article can be found here.
Conversation Topic - School Choice: It's More Than Charters
Comprehensive School Choice Policy
Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
Legislatures around the country have enacted various forms of
school choice. Although many school
choice methods are available—including open enrollment policies and magnet
schools—the most prominent public school choice policy is charter schools. This guide is a resource for understanding
the types of school choice options states are considering and enacting,
including the effects of using multiple forms of choice.
Conversation Topic -
to Community & to Parents: Schools Cannot Do It Alone
Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships
Lisa J. Walker, S. Kwesi Rollins, Martin J. Blank, and Reuben Jacobson
In June 2013, the Institute for Educational Leadership and Chapin Hall, with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, convened a group of people to reflect on the role of partnerships in advancing educational opportunities for children and youth in this country. This comprehensive summary discusses the role of community schools, key strategies, and implications. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools
Coalition for Community Schools
This report builds on both practice and research to describe the what,
why, and how of system-wide expansion of community schools. The guide is
written for a wide audience and for communities at different points in planning
for, implementing, and sustaining a community schools strategy. Learn more.
Making the Grade: Assessing the Evidence for Integrated Student Supports
Integrated student supports (ISS) is one promising
approach for promoting academic success that is taking hold in communities
across the country. But what are integrated student supports, and are they
effective at improving educational outcomes? See more.
Conversation Topic - America's Early Learning Agenda: Pre-School for All
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
Kids Count, Annie E. Casey Foundation
This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s
early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective
transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To
prepare all of America’s children to succeed, this document sets forth broad
policy recommendations. It also features
data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia
and the nation. You can view the Annie E. Casey Foundation report here. Separate and Unequal
The White House, Early Learning
access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest
investments that we can make. Research has shown that the early years in a
child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important
window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape
key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child’s
success in school and in life. Learn more about the President’s early
Conversation Topic - Connecting Education & Workforce
Center on Education and Workforce, Georgetown University
The higher education system is more and more complicit as a passive agent
in the systematic reproduction of white racial privilege across generations.
This report analyzes enrollment trends at 4,400 post-secondary institutions by
race in the past 15 years. Read Separate and Unequal.
Education & Economic
Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor,
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
In this conversation Anthony Carnevale discusses the connection between economic development and education. The conversation gives an overview of employment and education trends from 1946-1973, current trends in education, and the issues facing students as they navigate a broken economic and educational system. An excerpt from the conversation can be found here.
Failure to Launch
Center on Education and Workforce, Georgetown University
Failure to Launch includes an analysis of labor force
participation, employment, and earnings for young adults in their 20s and older
adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s between 1980 and 2012. Download the report.