State Spotlight: Michigan and Connecticut Seek Educator Input in Principal Evaluations
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  • March 11, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton In continuing our deep dive into the use of surveys in statewide evaluations, we further examined NCTQ’s database in order to determine whether or not states with successful principal effectiveness ratings utilize surveys and educator feedback when evaluating administrators. When doing this, we found that NCTQ not only awards points to […]

Iowa: Student Surveys & Teacher Evaluations
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  • February 18, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton State Spotlight: Iowa and the Use of Student Surveys in Teacher Professional Practice Evaluations Recently, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its annual State of the States report for the year 2019. In this report, state teacher and principal policies were evaluated and compared to one another in order […]

The Power of Surveys
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  • January 7, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Surveys Matter Surveys are an important tool in determining what education stakeholders need. Policymakers and practitioners can gain a lot of knowledge and insight into the needs of their students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff through the use of well-designed surveys. That is why more and more evaluative processes […]

Fewer Anecdotes and More Data: A New Tool May Help Districts Measure Family Involvement
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  • December 17, 2019

As the push for parental engagement in schools increases across the country, districts are struggling to find ways to measure involvement in order to find gaps in the data and address parent needs that might be otherwise unknown to them. Surveys and tools exist, but it has been difficult to find one universal enough to […]

Parent Engagement Spotlight: DC Schools and the Power of Home Visits
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  • December 10, 2019

By @GraceCShelton In their efforts to increase parent engagement, some districts struggle to bring parents to the school building, even after removing various barriers and seeking numerous communication pathways. The Washington Post reports that this has been the case for many DC schools. However, with the help of external partners, the District has found a […]

SEL Lessons from A Promising Program in New York
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  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in improving outcomes for students. However, there are some places that need this skill development more than others. Communities with higher rates of violent crimes have a more difficult time implementing SEL instruction and curriculum when […]

Early Childhood and SEL
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  • October 1, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   As summer has faded and a new school year is well underway, it’s time to look ahead on what will be the top education issues facing teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the coming months. At least, that’s what this Forbes article indicates.  According to the author, there are many topics […]

Whole Child Education: What Does it Mean and Why Does That Matter?
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  • September 24, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   EdSurge’s latest article on the importance of teacher perception of whole child teaching practices raises a very important issue. The article puts it simply: teachers’ definitions of what whole child learning is drastically impacts the way they teach it and the way they conduct their classrooms in general. Some teachers […]