What Makes a Strong School Leader?
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  • August 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   What makes a strong school leader? A research synthesis from the Gates Foundation details four ways strong school leadership can positively impact students and schools. The article states that strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement over evaluation, involve teachers in decision making […]

Do High Quality Principals Matter? A Review on the Importance of School Leadership
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  • August 7, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Principals Matter  A few years ago, Hechinger Report released an article detailing the importance of school leadership in both student achievement and teacher retention. This article was hardly the first of its kind—in fact, one of the most cited research articles on leadership was published almost thirty years ago.  […]

The Future of CBE: Lessons for Illinois
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  • July 30, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Recent reports have shared that employers are finding recent high school graduates increasingly unprepared for the workforce and in need of additional training to supplement this lack of skills. Illinois is no exception to this case. Illinois-based employers have also discovered that both high school graduates and postsecondary graduates still lack […]

Competency-Based Education: Lessons for Adoption
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  • June 21, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   CBE: What it is and Why it Matters Competency-based education (CBE), also referred to as mastery education or proficiency-based education, upends our traditional education system and seeks to provide students with a school and classroom dedicated to ensuring their success in a particular area before moving on to more rigorous […]

The Many Impacts of Fostering a Positive School Climate
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  • June 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   The Schooling Myth and ESSA’s New Priority For those of us who have worked and are currently working in schools, it’s funny—and a little sad—to revisit some of our favorite shows and movies from childhood. Each one depicts, in varying ways, the cold, dark school building with monotone teachers reading […]

The Many Facets of Social-Emotional Learning
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  • June 12, 2019

  By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A recent article from Education Next examines wraparound services for students both in and out of school. Under ESSA, schools are now encouraged to implement whole child teaching approaches, addressing students’ needs both within and outside of the classroom. The idea behind this is that if students are taught […]

We Know SEL Works, Now What?
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  • June 12, 2019

  By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), often referred to as whole-child instruction, has been the subject of much discussion in public education decision-making. A 2017 Princeton article examined the effects of adopting these strategies into school curriculum and found that the benefits of SEL expand beyond the school and into the realm […]

Student Voice in Teacher Performance
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  • June 12, 2019

  By @GraceCShelton   The adoption of ESSA has resulted in many education priority shifts. Many of these shifts focus on equity and access, whole child learning, and additional academic needs for students. However, one that is particularly interesting is the enhanced focus on positive school culture and climate. In order to encourage positive culture […]

What Should You Look for in a School? 3 Questions to Ask
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  • May 20, 2019

  By Ryan Balch   3 Questions Parents Should Ask on Every School Tour As many parents are now thinking about school options for next year, there are a lot of questions parents have about how to know what makes a good school.  Is it a certain curriculum?  Having foreign languages or gardening programs?  Multiple […]