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For districts, what's the sweet spot for balancing school improvement decision making? This reflection process will help refine your approach.
What do students and families want to hear from school leaders in their-back-to-school messages? Shadiin Garcia shares a list that she's gathered.
Research shows that developing students' social and emotional skills can lead to better academic and life outcomes. Check out this collection of recent, readily available studies and articles.
Starting college can be stressful for all students but in particular for those who have experienced trauma. How can educators help?
Providing students with structure and boundaries doesn't have to take a big effort and can help young people learn more effectively.
Once you make gains in school improvement, how do you sustain them and keep going?
An effective and evidence-based way to improve schools, nonprofits, and government agencies is to make decisions in partnership with those being served. This six-page resource provides an overview and tips for educators and youth workers.
Earning college credit while still in high school can benefit students in many ways. What can states, districts and schools do to help their dual-credit programs become successful?
Our conversation with Dana Kelly and Carson Howell from the Idaho State Board of Education on Idaho’s approach and success in creating dual-credit programs.
A study found disparities in advanced course enrollment among students from different language groups. What can schools do to increase advanced course enrollment and success for English learners?
Incorporating youth voice into academic settings requires educators and other adults to be mindful and think critically about when they need to step up (and step out) to best support youth.
With ESSA placing states and districts in the driver’s seat when it comes to school improvement, what lessons can be learned from the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program?
Guest Blogger Jason Younker writes on the challenges colleges face in identifying their American Indian and Alaska Native students and the solution that U of O developed to better serve the community.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus writes on how Montana is creating language-immersion elementary classrooms as one strategy to restore and revitalize Native languages.
Science inquiry poses particular linguistic challenges for English learners. Learn a few principles and strategies for effectively teaching science to students learning English.
The density and complexity of social science textbooks and other texts can be particularly challenging for English learners. What principles and strategies can social studies teachers employ?
Math has its own language, and English learners often struggle to understand math concepts in this language. What can math teachers do to help their English learner students succeed?
English learners benefit from the same approach to reading and writing as their peers but need additional supports. Find out what language arts teachers can do to support their English learners.
Empowering Volunteers and Increasing Impact: Lessons from SMART’s Refreshed Volunteer Training Program
Designed to help districts assess and optimize their English learner (EL) services, this research-based tool contains 71 items organized into eight sections that address key components of a district’s program for English learners.

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