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Resource Bank

 

ABSTRACT

Instructional Superintendents
In her doctoral study at University of Southern California, Blanca S. Cantú examined the critical aspects of oversight that superintendents must employ to improve instruction.

Cantú looked at four district superintendents who have demonstrated instructional effectiveness in their school district. The study was based on a three-year period, using standardized test scores for language arts and math and looked at the superintendents’ beliefs, perceptions, skills, leadership style and organizational design.

The study posed these questions: (a) How do superintendents define a districtwide plan for improving instruction in language arts and math? (b) How do superintendents mobilize human, social and physical capital to build a coalition of instructional leaders? (c) How do superintendents build the capacity of site-level instructional leaders to implement the chosen instructional programs? and (d) How do superintendents evaluate the effectiveness of their programs?

Copies of “The Evolution of Superintendents as Instructional Leaders: Past, Present and Future” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600.


 

BITS & PIECES

Modern Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has launched a new online initiative, Patterns of Innovation: The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program, which showcases schools and educators who have embraced the P21 Framework to increase educational options and outcomes for all children.

Developed with the Pearson Foundation, the document shares examples of successful transformation of students’ learning. Access the work at www.P21.org/Exemplars.

Concussion Course
“Concussions in Sports — What You Need to Know” is a free online resource for educators about recognizing the symptoms of a concussion and proper responses. The training was developed by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The course is available at www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000

College/Career Readiness
ACT released its annual “Condition of College & Career Readiness” report about the 2013 U.S. high school graduating class. The report examines the preparedness of students moving on to college classes or a career.

The report is available on ACT’s website at www.act.org.

Environmental Grants
K-12 students can compete for individual prizes and school grants in a program that identifies environmental problems in the community and replicable, green solutions.

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is accepting entries until March 4. Full details are at www.wecanchange.com.

Phys-Ed Research
A new report, “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School,” offers recommendations for improving physical education in schools and making physical activity for youth a priority.

The Institute of Medicine report, based on emerging research on physical inactivity, can be accessed at www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18314.

Transition Research
A new report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance reviews two decades of research on programs that help students with disabilities make successful transitions beyond high school.

The review examines the employment and independent-living outcomes associated with community-based work programs and functional life skills development programs.

Read the full report at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20134011.

Tech-Based Algebra
A RAND Corp. study examines the effectiveness of a technology-based algebra course. Cognitive Tutor Algebra I is designed for students at various grade levels.

The course was found to have no effects in the first year of implementation, but evidence strongly suggests a positive effect in the second year.

Read the report at www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR984.html.

 

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