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Teacher & Leader Effectiveness/Standards & Assessments
School Turnaround
SEA Capacity Building
Stakeholder Communications and Engagement

Instructional Improvement & Data Systems Publications:

  • Education Architecture Guidebook [PDF, 2.59MB]

    Education Enterprise Architecture, or EEA, is a strategic framework that can provide the structure, plan and processes to achieve an education agency's vision and goals by aligning its business and program side with information technology (IT). This guidebook will help the staff members of education agencies gain an understanding of what EEA is and how it can help an agency accomplish its vision and goals. This guidebook describes the components and processes necessary to develop and implement an EEA blueprint, and walks through one example of a segment architecture approach to EEA.

  • Brief: Education Architecture Guidebook [PDF, 1.9MB]

    This two-page document provides a brief introduction to the need and benefits of aligning education reform through an Education Enterprise Architecture. Components and essential elements of Education Enterprise Architecture governance and management are discussed; those interested in additional detail should review the above Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook.

  • Using CEDS Align for P-20 Collaboration [PDF, 1MB]

    Based on work performed by Reform Support Network (RSN) experts with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), this document describes the use of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Align tool in the P-20 effort to map data to CEDS elements, the collection of data sources, and the formatting and uploading of materials.

  • The View from the States: A Brief on Instructional Improvement System Strategies and Approaches [PDF, 1.54MB]

    In the fall of 2012, Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Leads of six Race to the Top grantee States participated in a scan of their current efforts and initiatives. Based on the information provided, this publication highlights how IIS systems have been developed and deployed, what functions they support, and why certain functions were selected.

  • Request for Proposals Evaluation Guide [PDF, 1.56MB]

    This publication offers SEAs and LEAs steps for evaluating a Request for Proposal (RFP) that allows input from a wide range of participants and specific subject matter experts, permits flexibility and weighted scoring in appropriate areas and provides an objective and defensible process for determining the vendor finalist.

Teacher & Leader Effectiveness/Standards & Assessments Publications:

School Turnaround Publications:

  • Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround
    [PDF, 4MB]

    This paper examines one key strategy for making school turnaround more effective: community engagement. To explore community engagement in action, the Reform Support Network (RSN) conducted studies between April and August of 2013 of 11 States and districts, urban and rural, engaged in the communities surrounding low-performing schools. The research yielded five primary lessons or takeaways: make engagement a priority and establish an infrastructure, communicate proactively in the community, listen to the community and respond to its feedback, offer meaningful opportunities to participate, and turn community supporters into leaders and advocates.

  • Recruiting and Retaining Highly Effective Turnaround Teachers
    [PDF, 846KB]

    This publication provides resources for State and local leaders considering strategies to recruit and retain highly effective teachers for low-performing schools. The publication summarizes research and promising practices on recruitment and retention in turnarounds across all sectors, as well as findings on the recruitment and retention of highly effective teachers, with emphasis on actions State leaders can take to find and keep talented educators in low-performing schools.

  • Identifying Effective Turnaround Teachers
    [PDF, 814KB]

    What strategies can local educational agencies and States use to find, screen and hire the teachers who will most likely contribute to turnaround success? This brief reviews one approach districts and principals can take to identify teachers who can help lift low-performing schools.

  • Race to the Top Highlights, Third-Party Providers and School Turnaround
    [PDF, 870KB]

    This publication describes the varying approaches that some Race to the Top States have taken to engage outside experts and providers of specialized services to bring additional capacity and assist with implementing school turnaround models. It also provides examples of safeguards that States are using to maximize the number of available providers while ensuring that they are supplying high-quality services.

  • Highlights of State Approaches to School Turnaround Governance
    [PDF, 983KB]

    The brief describes multiple States' implementation of school turnaround strategies that have been expedited by the unique opportunity provided by the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and Race to the Top programs.

  • Delaware's Partnership Zone, School Turnaround Governance Highlights [PDF, 778KB]

    This brief describes Delaware's Partnership Zone (PZ) and the process for implementation. The document provides planning tools and other resources.

  • Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools, Highlights of State Support Systems for School Turnaround [PDF, 831KB]

    This paper provides a snapshot of the work of the 12 Race to the Top grantees (Phases 1 and 2) within state support systems. The highlights were specifically selected to draw out topics and examples that may be of use to others interested in learning from early implementation efforts.

  • Massachusetts' Essential Conditions for School Effectiveness [PDF, 930KB]

    This brief discusses the Massachusetts' Essential Conditions for School Effectiveness. The conditions articulate the key elements of school governance, curriculum, instruction, finance, training and student services.

  • Turnaround Leadership, How to Identify Successful School Leaders
    [PDF, 889KB]

    This document assists States in identifying successful school leaders, providing a list of key actions, a check list for Competencies for Turnaround Success, and links to practical resources.

  • The Principal Pipeline, Highlights of Efforts to Develop Effective Leaders for Turnaround Schools [PDF, 668KB]

    The goal of this document is to provide a snapshot of some of the publicly available resources describing efforts across Race to the Top States to ensure that turnaround schools have effective leaders.

SEA Capacity Building Publications

  • Performance Management Description [PDF, 420KB]

    This "Performance Management: Description and Key Elements" document provides a general framework for State education agencies, local educational agencies and partners in the Reform Support Network (RSN) to understand and plan for the important work of performance management.

  • EdStat in Rhode Island: A Case Study of Race to the Top Performance Management [PDF, 1.6MB]

    This publication highlights Rhode Island's EdStat, a system of performance management that has enabled the Rhode Island Department of Education to monitor the progress of its participating LEAs and its own offices on Race to the Top implementation and outcomes.

  • Collaborative Learning for Outcomes: Connecting LEAs with the Rhode Island Department of Education [PDF, 1.26MB]

    This publication highlights Rhode Island's Collaborative Learning for Outcomes (CLO), a new progress monitoring process that leads to two-way communication between the State and its 50 participating and two involved local educational agencies.

  • Performance Management: Setting Outcomes and Strategies to Improve Student Achievement [PDF, 1.6M]

    This first brief in a four-part series, outlines the first element of performance management "Clarity of Outcomes and Theory of Action", to examine how Tennessee and Massachusetts are pursuing performance management of their key education reforms by establishing and widely communicating priorities, and setting ambitious, clear and measurable goals and outcomes with aligned strategies and activities.

  • Performance Management: Aligning Resources to Reforms [PDF, 836K]

    This second brief in a four-part series, outlines the second element of performance management "Alignment of Resources", to examine how Hawaii and Tennessee are pursuing performance management of their key education reforms by directing or redirecting resources (time, money, technology and people) to priority efforts that produce results and establish clear roles and responsibilities.

  • Performance Management: Collecting and Using Data to Measure Progress, Improve Results [PDF, 893K]

    This third brief in a four-part series, outlines the third element of performance management "Collection and Use of Data", to examine how Delaware and Hawaii are pursuing performance management of their key education reforms by establishing and implementing routines and processes for collecting, analyzing and monitoring data, including leading and lagging indicators, to inform continuous improvement, provide feedback and make decisions.

  • Performance Management: Ensuring Accountability for Results [PDF, 893K]

    This forth brief in a four-part series, outlines the forth element of performance management "Accountability for Results", to examine how Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Tennessee are pursuing performance management of their key education reforms by making decisions to continue, improve or end practices based on data; implementing incentives tied to performance; and engaging and communicating results with internal and external stakeholders.

Stakeholder Communications and Engagement Publications:

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