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A QUICK GLIMPSE ATIRECENT RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

A BLOG TO BOOKMARK

TLN Teacher Voices

Teacher Leaders Network, Center for Teaching Quality

Since 2003, the Teacher Leaders Network Forum has served as a forum for virtual collaboration for an accomplished group of educators. This blog offers daily excerpts from the discussions within the forum, offering readers many perspectives on a range of topics important to teacher leaders.

http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/tln_teacher_voices/

MONEY TALKS

"CPRE's School Finance Research: 15 years of findings"

By Allan Odden, Consortium for Policy Research in Education School finance redesign has long been a research subject for this organization. In this policy brief, the author summarizes years of research and reveals how that research links the level and use of resources to strategies that improve student performance. Of particular interest are figures and descriptions of how professional development funds are allocated.

http://cpre.wceruw.org/publications/sfpolicy.php

EVIDENCE

Find sources of school data and more strategies for learning from data through these web-based resources.

STANDARDS AND PRACTICE

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

This set of data collection tools is used with teachers of mathematics, science, and English language arts (K-12) to collect and report consistent data on current instructional practices and content being taught in classrooms. The resulting data provide an objective method for educators to analyze the degree of alignment between current instruction and state standards and assessments.

www.ccsso.org/projects/Surveys_of_Enacted_Curriculum/

VALUABLE DOWNLOADS

Education for the Future: Using Data to Improve Student Learning

Education for the Future is a not-forprofit initiative that focuses on working with schools, districts, state departments of education, and other educational service centers and agencies on systemic change and comprehensive data analyses that lead to increased student learning. The project director, Victoria Bernhardt, offers several valuable books, articles, and data use tools through the download center of this web site.

http://eff.csuchico.edu/home/

FOCUS ON POLICY

"Democracy at risk: The need for a new federal policy in education"

The Forum for Education and Democracy, April 2008

Written by prominent educators and policy experts, this report says that the U.S. needs to transform the federal government's role in education to meet student achievement and equity goals. The report recommends four key strategies, including investing in a plan to improve the preparation and professional development of teachers and school leaders, with emphasis on high-need fields and locations.

www.forumforeducation. …

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