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Resource Bank



Promoting Social Justice
What role do superintendents of color play in promoting social justice in their schools and what resistance do they face?

Anthony J. Rosilez examined that subject in his dissertation toward a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He interviewed six superintendents of color in districts that significantly raised the achievement of marginalized students in integrated settings, as well as each superintendent’s school and district administrators and school board members.

Rosilez found the superintendents engaged stakeholders with inequities in their districts and created more equitable schools by prescribing inclusive pedagogy relevant to all students. These leaders faced resistance from multiple sources, yet were steadfast to their visions of equity and excellence.

“Stories of Social Justice from Superintendents of Color: Intersections of Resistance” can be ordered from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or info@proquest.com.


Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA has produced a new policy brief, “Leadership Changes: Minimizing the Downside.” Copies are available from http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu.

The center also developed a resource for staff working on improving learning support systems in a school district. Access the “Rebuilding Toolkit” at the same website.

State Funding
The Center on Education Policy has released “State Education Agency Funding and Staffing in the Education Reform Era.”

The report considers trends in state funding for state education agency operations for the 2012-13 school year compared to the 2011-12 school year, as well as how states are compensating when their funding is reduced. Special attention is paid to staffing and reform efforts.

The full report is available at www.cep-dc.org.

Oral Health
The National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center has released a guide offering program descriptions, policy reports and research on improving oral health care.

Oral Health for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women: Knowledge Path devotes entire chapters to resources for K-12 education. It is available at www.mchoralhealth.org/knwpathoralhealth.html.

School Improvement Grants
The Center for Education Policy has produced “State Implementation and Perceptions of Title I School Improvement Grants under the Recovery Act: One Year Later.”

The report draws on a survey of state Title I directors to analyze general perceptions on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its School Improvement Grants.

The report is available at www.cep-dc.org.

WestEd Newsletter
R&D Alert, published three times annually by WestEd, is a newsletter covering national issues affecting schools, communities and human development professionals.

Recent issues discussed literacy, successful approaches to school turnarounds and improving instruction for English language learners.

R&D Alert is available online. Visit http://WestEd.org/R&DAlert.

Post-Stimulus Impact
A new report from the Center on Education Policy examines the fiscal condition of states now that government stimulus funding is depleted.

Based on a recent survey, “After the Stimulus Money Ends: The Status of State K-12 Education Funding and Reforms” considers funding from state sources and how it will change in the coming year.Download the full document at www.cep-dc.org.

Dropout Film
The PBS documentary series FRONTLINE will broadcast a film in September profiling school administrators who are working to keep students from dropping out.

“Dropout Nation,” airing on Sept. 25, follows a group of high school students in Houston, chronicling their struggles and the challenges faced by educators trying to keep the students on track to graduation.

The film, along with an earlier one shown in July, is part of the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen campaign aimed at identifying dropout-prevention strategies. Free DVDs are available for educators. Access details at http://pbs.org/frontline/dropout-nation.

Green Schools
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools provides information to school districts in supporting schools that want to improve their physical environment.

Resources for administrators, teachers and students are available at www.centerforgreenschools.org



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