Education Reform Hub Monthly: March 2014 Issue

ISSUE NUMBER NINE • MARCH 2014

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Welcome to the 
Education Reform Hub Monthly!

This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several areas of education reform. 

Highlighted Resources

Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround

Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround

To explore community engagement in action, the Reform Support Network conducted reviews between April and August 2013 of 11 States and districts, urban and rural, engaged in the communities surrounding low-performing schools. Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround  reports on the five primary lessons from this inquiry: 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.

Student Learning Objective Library

SLO Library

As States and school districts implement educator evaluation systems that include measures of student growth, one of the challenges they face is identifying measures for non-tested grades and subjects. The use of student learning objectives (SLOs) is one promising approach to addressing this challenge. The Reform Support Network has created a Student Learning Objective (SLO) Library that may be accessed by the public. This library currently includes 27 reviewed SLOs from across the nation. The SLO Library is searchable by grade and subject and annotated to help educators understand how to create new SLOs or improve upon those already developed. It offers important new resources to those seeking to measure student growth, particularly in non-tested grades and subjects.

How States Use Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

How States Use Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

Student learning objectives are one way to measure the contributions of individual teachers to the learning growth of their students. This method is an alternative to the more familiar value-added modeling based on standardized test scores, often not available for all teachers and subjects. This publication reports on the use of student learning objectives in teacher evaluation systems in 30 States, aiming to inform State and local policymakers engaged in creating or supporting teacher evaluation systems that include student learning objectives.

Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook

Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook

Education enterprise architecture offers a strategic framework to achieve an education agency’s vision and goals by aligning its business and program side with information technology. The Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook describes the components and processes to develop and implement an education enterprise architecture blueprint, and walks through one example of a segment architecture approach.

IN THIS ISSUE

This month we highlight new resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Explore toolkits, practical guides, case studies, summary briefs and highlights on key topics and issues that States identify as important to their work at the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Technical Assistance Resources Webpage.  

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