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Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

Nicholas Yoder

This research-to-practice brief explores teaching practices that promote social-emotional learning (SEL) and positive learning environments. The author begins with an… Read More »

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Seizing the Moment: Realizing the Promise of Student-Centered Learning

Don Spangler, Steve Brown, Tony Simmons, Bea McGarvey, Dena Cushenberry, Indiana Jim Griffin, Nicholas B. Donohue, Bob Rath, Rodney Powell & Linda C. Dawson

This policy brief presents a series of recommendations for building public will in support of student-centered learning, including policy priorities… Read More »


Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities


This brief recommends seven ways for supporters of deeper learning to take advantage of the changing education policy landscape, as… Read More »


A Call to Action to Improve Math Placement Policies and Processes


This report, a call to action is based on a simple but important premise: The nation cannot allow college placement… Read More »

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Competency-Based Education in Three Pilot Programs

Jennifer L. Steele, Matthew W. Lewis, Lucrecia Santibanez, Susannah Faxon-Mills, Mollie Rudnick, Brian Stecher & Laura Hamilton

This research brief summarizes findings of the RAND evaluation of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Project Mastery grant program, which… Read More »


STEM in Afterschool and Summer Learning: Issue Brief

Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership

This issue brief explores the role of after school and summer programs in building skills and interest in STEM fields.… Read More »


Performance Assessments: How State Policy Can Advance Assessments for 21st Century Learning

Ace Parsi, Linda Darling-Hammond

This report is intended to familiarize state boards of education with performance assessments and help state board members and other… Read More »


State Approaches to Competency-Based Education to Support College and Career Readiness for All Students

David Blumenthal, Jeremy Rasmussen

This brief provides an overview of competency-based education (CBE). Free from the restraints of a one-size-fits-all approach, CBE provides strategies… Read More »


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

This brief is based on a two-day conversation with twenty-three incredibly insightful people who work in competency education, personalized learning, and… Read More »


Leadership in Action: What Should a 21st Century High School Look Like?

New England Secondary School Consortium

This issue brief from the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Leadership in Action series outlines what it means to develop… Read More »

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