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Resource Bank

 

ABSTRACT

Shifting Culture
How do superintendents reshape school district culture so that new values and past practices of the organization work in concert with each other to match the culture of increasing accountability?

In his 2013 doctoral dissertation at University of Southern California, Joshua Arnold learned through surveys and six in-depth interviews that superintendents who are successful in shifting culture communicate clearly, value collaboration, share beliefs throughout the organization, hold everyone accountable for being mission-aligned, possess a clear vision, focus on instruction, maintain high expectations for students, value process and hire extraordinary people.

Arnold’s study found that to modify organizational culture, leaders must be deliberate and intentional in the processes, programs and protocols they use.

Copies of “Should It Stay Or Should It Go: How Successful Superintendents Build, Shift, and Transform District Culture in an Age of Increasing Accountability” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600.


 

BITS & PIECES

Social Learning
The Developmental Studies Center has created new resources to support social and emotional learning in connection with its Caring School Community program.

The resources include short videos that introduce and demonstrate best practices; interactive, downloadable professional development sessions on creating a school vision; implementation support materials; and grade-level lessons.

For information, contact ginger_cook@devstu.org.

Supporting Principals
“Laying the Foundation for Successful School Leadership,” a new report by the Rand Corp., concludes that school districts can do more to support principals and ensure their success.

The report encourages districts to match the correct candidate with the appropriate school, use high-quality evaluation systems, provide targeted professional development and determine the appropriate level of autonomy for each principal and school, among other things.

Access the report at www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR419.html.

Teacher Recruitment
The U.S. Department of Education is partnering with U.S. companies and education groups in the public service campaign “Teach,” aimed at recruiting a new generation of teachers.

The campaign will run PSAs on TV and radio, online and in print and will send emissaries to college campuses to talk about teaching as a profession.

Learn more about the campaign at www.teach.org/.

Transformation Toolkit
The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership released the Central Office Transformation Toolkit, with three guides designed to help school district leaders improve teaching and learning in their districts.

“Readiness Assessment” helps identify the proper starting place for a central-office transformation; “Creating Your Theory of Action for Districtwide Teaching and Learning Improvement” ensures that the transformation plan is grounded in a clear analysis of what does and doesn’t work for students; and “Principal Instructional Leadership” teaches central-office leaders to continuously assess their principals’ instructional leadership.

Download the toolkit at http://bit.ly/wallacetoolkit.

Urban Teachers
TNTP is revisiting its first research and policy report, an investigation of teacher-hiring patterns in urban schools called “Missed Opportunities: How We Keep High-Quality Teachers Out of Urban Classrooms,” 10 years after its publication to see whether it still holds true.

Read the original report and access the TNTP blog at http://bit.ly/TNTP​Missed​Opportunities.

Parental Involvement
A new review by the Nuffield Foundation addresses whether programs designed to improve parental engagement also improve student achievement.

The review cites improper program evaluation based on limited sample sizes and misuse of statistical techniques.

Download the report at www.nuffield​foundation.org. 

Education Research
A new report published by the Aspen Institute considers how federal policy influences education research.

The report includes a summary of the way the federal government funds education research through a plethora of agencies.

Access the report at www.aspeninstitute.org/leveraginglearning.

Safety Materials
California’s School Action for Safety and Health program has designed a set of national health and safety materials for schools. Developed with state and federal funding, the materials are free.

Based on Occupational Safety and Health Act requirements, the safety materials include fact sheets, tools, tip sheets and posters suitable for training school district employees.

Download the materials at www.dir.ca.​gov/C​hswc/SASH.  

Teaching Math
A new practice guide by the What Works Clearinghouse features tips for teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten.

Download the practice guide at http://ies.​ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?​sid=18.  

Family Involvement
A new review from MDRC analyzes how families’ involvement in the learning and development of children age 3-8 affects literacy, mathematics and social-emotional skills.

Research finds a positive link between family involvement and literacy and math skills, but a weak association between family involvement and children’s outcomes.

Read the full review at www.mdrc.org.

Scaling Programs
In “Going to Scale: Expanding Programs that Work,” a new report by the Johns Hopkins School of Education, three researchers offer advice on bringing successful, evidence-based programs to scale.

They address questions such as how to bring a program to scale without sacrificing quality, and how to convince school leadership to implement more effective practices.

Read the full report at http://education.jhu.edu/media/jhu_dean.pdf.

 

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