School Districts

Rising Graduation Rates in a Small Town of California

October 19, 2016 | Student Achievement

This summer, we had a chance to visit Lindsay Unified School District, in the California, where the students—almost all from low-income families and more than half English language learners—are taking ownership of their learning and seeing improvements: graduation rates are on the rise. Watch the video to learn more.

New School Year, New Learners, New Goals

August 19, 2016 | Personalized Learning

Heading into a new school year, I’m feeling refreshed, energized, and excited to take on new challenges. I have many things on my mind. Who will I be teaching? What do they want to achieve? How can I support them in their learning needs? How will they surprise and energize…

Back to School: Embracing Goals

August 19, 2016

Back to school season is upon us. For the millions of students embarking on a new school year, that means setting goals to get them on a path to be ready for college and career success. Teachers and families are not only helping those students set their goals, they also…

Delve into the NCTQ Database

August 4, 2016

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a research and policy group whose efforts to modernize the teacher profession are driven by the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. NCTQ’s work is focused on changes in practice and policy of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments and…

School Spotlight: Noble Street College Prep

June 21, 2016 | Charter Schools

Noble Street College Prep is the first campus of the high-performing Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. Serving more than 11,000 students, the school focuses on high expectations for students—most of whom are low-income and students of color—while giving them the support they need to succeed in college and life.…

Keeping Students on Track: How to Identify and Address ‘Summer Melt’

June 10, 2016

For most students, receiving a college acceptance letter symbolizes the beginning of an exciting and rewarding journey. They breathe a sigh of relief as they head into high school graduation, knowing that they have the whole summer ahead to spend time with their friends and prepare for the transition to…

Learning from Our Efforts: Improving Teacher Effectiveness at Scale

June 6, 2016 | Effective Teaching

By Irvin Scott In the summer of 2008, during a basketball game with a group of guys half my age, I ended up tearing my Achilles tendon. I had surgery to have the tendon repaired, and was back again playing basketball three summers later, only to suffer the same exact…

An Abandoned Building Transforms into a Community Hub—With the Help of a Public Charter School

May 17, 2016 | Charter Schools

Walk down the streets of the East Side neighborhood in Tacoma, Washington, and you might see people of all ages planting trees in a former parking lot. You might stumble upon a block party full of families and community groups. Or you might come across residents on their way to…

Q&A: How Duval County Uses Standards-Aligned Tools to Drive Achievement

April 22, 2016

School districts around the country are stepping up to address an urgent need: to align curricula to new, high standards and adopt tools to aid teachers in teaching to them. One example is Florida’s Duval County Public Schools, which recently began using open educational resources from EngageNY to align its…

A Rural District’s Path to Student Success

March 11, 2016 | Professional Development

By Kathryn Hunt When the South Bend School District in Washington State gave the district’s 39 teachers $500 each to pursue individual professional development linked to their specific goals, Julie Haugan knew just what she wanted to do.  An English teacher, she enrolled in a university class for Advanced Placement…