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Baltimore is the 30th-largest US city by population and is a study in contrasts. It has a low average income compared with other wealthy Northeast cities, has nine colleges and universities, and is a magnet for people pursuing higher education but has undergone decades of population loss. A large social sector provides important services to residents and buoys the local economy: nearly every third job in the city is with a nonprofit employer. But this also illustrates the city's limited economic vibrancy. This mix of market and nonmarket forces makes Baltimore an important place to examine the geography of opportunity in an American city.
Taylor Newberry Consulting;
This 18-question self-assessment tool is meant to help organizations to identify and assess the state of learning in their organization. This tool is a starting point for discussion that can help identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.
Taylor Newberry Consulting;
This Question Bank offers users the ability to draw from a variety of questions that can help to inform and start a dialogue with grant applicants or recipients on their learning culture and goals. Some of these questions can be used in a grant application template or in a more informal conversation with a potential grant recipient. They may also be useful internally for discussing or reviewing a grant application.
With recent developments in federal education policy, school turnaround has become an increasingly prominent area of focus for practitioners and policymakers nationwide. However, what we know about effectively turning schools around is limited.
In this archived webinar, we explore strategies at the school and district level to improve the most struggling schools. (Note that our focus is not on the lowest five percent of schools but on schools in the lowest third of school performance in California.)
This webinar focuses on:
Effective strategies cited by 9 turnaround school principals
The role the district can play in both contributing to and reversing school failure
A practitioner perspective on what is required for dramatic school change
What instructional practices are most likely to lead African American male students to excel academically?
The quality of instruction influences the quality and quantity of learning for all students, but especially for African American males.
For the past six years, the National Center for Urban School Transformation has been identifying and studying urban schools that achieve outstanding academic results for all students, including African American males. These studies have pinpointed practices that lead African American male students to excel.
This webinar provides information about the instructional practices that make a difference, and also discusses strategies for changing instructional practices in schools.
Specific topics addressed are:
Key instructional practices that influence the extent to which African American males are likely to learn rigorous academic content
Key instructional practices that influence the commitment and engagement of African American males
Schoolwide practices that influence changes in classroom instruction
This archived webinar is the fourth in a four-part series designed to help school, district, and state administrators implement the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, a framework developed by WestEd's Center on School Turnaround.
Effective leadership is critical for sustained improvement in schools and districts. Education leaders — individually and as members of a leadership team — spearhead the design and implementation of processes that strengthen culture, capacity, and skill to improve student outcomes.
Learn about WestEd's approach to Transformational Leadership using the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement. Our Transformational Leadership team guides viewers to enhanced understanding of leading for change, as well as adjusting and prioritizing instructional approaches and practices. They share research-informed strategies for:
Diagnosing and responding to student learning needs
Providing rigorous evidence-based instruction
Removing barriers and providing opportunities for all students
This archived webinar, the third in a four-part series, describes WestEd's Comprehensive Needs Assessment, a service designed to help education leaders quickly and thoroughly assess and strengthen school improvement plans and achieve enduring outcomes.
Our process leverages diagnostic data and a variety of assessment tools to provide guidance uniquely tailored to the challenges of your school or district, and consists of six key steps grounded by the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, a framework developed by WestEd's Center on School Turnaround. The six key steps include:
Kick-off meeting with leadership
CALL Survey administration and analysis
Quantitative data request
Preliminary needs assessment report
Qualitative data gathering
Commencement of school improvement planning
This archived webinar is the second in a four-part series designed to help school, district, and state administrators implement the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, a framework developed by WestEd's Center on School Turnaround.
Learn about WestEd's new Four Domains CALL System, an online tool that identifies a school or district's unique leadership opportunities and challenges.
CALL utilizes a multi-source comprehensive survey to assess core leadership practices distributed across an organization and the results are used to create a targeted action plan that supports professional growth and school effectiveness.
The Four Domains CALL System delivers:
Domain-specific feedback on your schools' strengths and opportunities for improvement that will inform planning and monitoring
A shared understanding of excellence and the required leadership skills and knowledge necessary to achieve improvements
Data comparisons against national norms and previous school-level CALL administrations
Tools to measure ongoing progress
Who Will Benefit
School & District Administrators
State School Improvement Directors
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA);
This Financing Package brings together the main resources already available on sector financing, many of them linked to the SWA Framework, processes and activities.
This package was developed and shared in response to the absence of a dedicated venue for resources that sector actors can use to strengthen their planning, implementation and review of progress on SDG financing.