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  • Teaching Democratic Citizenship When Democracy is at Risk

    January 10, 2018

    Speakers: Danielle Allen, Timothy Snyder and Randi Weingarten. Noon to 2:00 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. More information and registration.

  • Charter School Expansion

    May 9, 2018

    Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers

  • How Should Teacher Shortages Be Addressed?

    April 11, 2018

    Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers.

  • Academic Freedom in an Age of Political Polarization

    March 14, 2018

    Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers

  • Is the Promise of ESSA Being Actualized?

    February 14, 2018

    Co-Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers

  • 2017-2018 Conversations

    January 11, 2018

    Co-Sponored by the Shanker Institute and the AFT, they are held the second Wednesday of the month during the school year from noon to 2:00 pm at 555 New Jersey Ave, NW. Lunch is served and registration is required. More information and registration.

  • Austerity Politics and American Education

    November 8, 2017

    Soeakers: Ivy Bailey, Michael Fabricant and Gary Miron. Watch the video.
  • Deborah Meier Book Event and Reception

    October 25, 2017

    Wednesday October 25, 2017. More information

  • Daniel Koretz Book Reception

    October 16, 2017

    Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00 to 6:30 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Vouchers and Education: What Do History and the Research Tell Us?

    September 13, 2017

    As Congress considers the Trump-DeVos proposals for a national voucher program, what can we learn from the history of vouchers and from the research on the performance of voucher systems? From a variety of perspectives, our panel addressed this question. Panelists: Martin Carnoy, Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute; John Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education; and Ning Rui, Senior Study Director, Westat. (Full bios.). Watch the video.
  • 2016-2017 Conversations

    June 30, 2017

    Co-sponsored by the Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers.
  • School Integration By Race & Class: A Movement Reborn?

    June 7, 2017

    In recent years there have been signs of a resurgent grassroots movement to integrate schools. From a variety of perspectives, our panelists examined the state of segregation by race and class in America’s schools, and the promising initiatives and practices that are emerging in the renewed movement to integrate America’s schools. Watch the video.

  • In An Age of Scapegoating, Making School A Safe & Nurturing Place for Youth

    May 10, 2017

    From a variety of different perspectives and work with different populations of vulnerable students, our panel examined the challenges facing American educators and the best practices educators have developed to address them. Watch the conversation..

  • School Turnarounds: What has Worked and What Has Failed

    April 12, 2017

    Our panel of researchers and practitioners addressed this question by examining both the current state of research and on-the-ground efforts at school improvement that have worked. Watch the conversation video.

  • The Role of School Organization, Social Capital and Collaboration in the Improvement of Teachers and Teaching. From Research Findings to Policy Proposals

    April 6, 2017

    Current education policies haven’t sufficiently leveraged the organizational and interpersonal aspects of schools which can benefit educators and students collectively. Instead, the focus has been primarily on technical and individual-level approaches. However, a focus on individuals seems insufficient and limited; a simultaneous and equally strong focus on strengthening the organizations where teachers work appears sorely needed.

  • Promoting Children's Well-Being

    March 8, 2017

    Promoting Children's Well Being. This panel examined 21st century approaches to a culture of health in and with schools. Watch the video.

  • AFT: One Hundred Years of Social Justice Teacher Unionism

    January 11, 2017

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Watch the Conversation.

     

  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series 2013-2016

    June 8, 2016

    Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series held the second Wednesay of the month during the school year, is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. Watch the videos from the last three seasons.

  • Educating English Language Learners in an Age of Anti-Immigrant Scapegoating

    June 8, 2016

    Most students who immigrate to the United States enter our schools as English language learners (ELLs). These students face the challenge of simultaneously learning a new language and the same subject material as students for whom English is the native language, while struggling to adapt to a new, often alien culture. Few groups are more poorly served by our schools. The divisive, hateful rhetoric of racial, ethnic and religious bigotry that has been unleashed in the current presidential election campaign has increased the obstacles faced by these students, and left them shaken and unsure about their place in American society. What is the appropriate response of American educators to this critical situation? What must be done to provide English language learners with the quality education that addresses their specific needs? What pedagogical strategies best meet the needs of English Language Learners? What must be done to provide students with a pathway to citizenship and full incorporation into American society? How should educators confront expressions of prejudice and bigotry against immigrant students and other English language learners? Our panel will address these and other questions from different vantage points and experiences.

    Speakers include: Steven Choi, Executive Director, The New York Immigration Coalition and Joe Luft, Executive Director, Internationals Network for Public Schools, Inc. Watch the video.
  • New Visions of Collective Bargaining in American Education

    May 11, 2016

    May 11, 2016. When the first collective bargaining agreements in American education were negotiated a half century ago, they were largely focused on wages, working conditions and due process. School district officials resisted the inclusion of educational issues as encroachments on “management prerogatives.” Meanwhile, the fledging teacher unions modelled themselves after progressive unions, such as the United Auto Workers and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, using industrial-style contracts as a template for their own collective bargaining. But the democratic idea that teachers should have a collective voice in their educational workplace could not be contained within such limited parameters. For a generation, teacher unions have struggled, with increasing success, to expand collective bargaining into the professional sphere. Our panel will investigate some of the most promising efforts on that front around the country, as teacher unions find new ways to negotiate contracts for educational innovation and improvement and build new partnerships with community around that work. Watch the video.

  • Educating Tomorrow's Teachers: Are U.S. Education Department Regulations for Schools of Education a Help or a Hindrance?

    April 13, 2016

    Controversial new regulations for teacher education have been proposed by the U.S. Ed Dept. Although there are objections to the regulations, the controversy centers on the proposed measures of teaching performance -- student test scores, as seen through the prism of value-added measurements, and surveys. Are there better alternatives? Can they be replicated at scale? Given the need for teacher ed schools to prepare teachers to do well from day one, what is the best way to ensure that all teacher prep programs are of the highest quality? Wed., April 13, noon to 2:00 pm. Watch the video.

  • Education Research and Teachers Unions

    April 9, 2016

    AERA2016 Presidential Session, Washington, D.C. Panelists: Deborah Lowenberg Ball, Ellen Bernstein, Leo Casey, Susan Moore Johnson. Watch the panel video.
  • The Social Side of Education: How Social Aspects of Schools & School Systems Shape Teaching & Learning

    April 8, 2016

    The notion that teaching and learning are social endeavors may seem obvious. Yet, the implications of that statement for research, policy and practice are less so. This conference foregrounds recent evidence showing that social aspects of schools and school systems deeply influence school improvement. The conference will also encourage in-depth debate on the practical implications of this evidence. Watch the videos here.

  • "No Excuses" Schools and the Education of Impoverished Students of Color

    March 9, 2016

    "No Excuses" Schools and the Education of Impoverished Students of Color. March 9, 2016, noon to 2:00 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. More information and registration Watch the video..

  • Conversation on Teacher Diversity

    March 8, 2016

    Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Howard University School of Education,Teach For America, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Albert Shanker Institute, this panel discussed why teacher diversity is important and how it can be strengthened through recruitment, retention, and continued support for teachers of color. Watch the video and downloard the ASI report here.

  • Where We Live and Where We Learn

    February 10, 2016

  • Teacher Tenure: An Outmoded "Job For Life" or Essential Right to Due Process?

    January 13, 2016

    In this panel, we will explore divergent viewpoints by focusing on what tenure laws actually consist of, how they work in practice, how they might be improved, and, of course, their impact on important outcomes such as teacher retention and student achievement. Watch the video.
  • Quality Teaching: Individual and Social Approaches

    December 7, 2015

    This two-panel conversation focused on theresults of the annual “PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools,” and their implications for policy and practice, taking on the question of how government, schools of education, school districts and schools can promote, nurture and support quality teaching. Watch the video.

  • Positive Alternatives to Suspending And Expelling Misbehaving Students in Early Childhood Education

    November 4, 2015

    Recent research and news reports show that even very young children--and particularly young children of color--can be subject to harsh and overly punitive school disciplinary practices. At the same time, the need for schools to be safe and orderly places to teach and to learn remains a top priority in poll after poll of parents and the public.These are the issues our speakers will discuss.

  • Creating Safe & Supportive Schools II: Next Steps

    November 4, 2015

    The focus of this Good Schools seminar was to share effective policies and strategies to enhance school climate, mitigate behavior problems, and support improved performance, with special attention to supporting labor-management teams as they work to comply with new rules and guidelines on behavior management. The discussion bridged a wide range of topics, including: schools as caring communities; providing the social, emotional and medical supports that students need; the challenge of implicit bias; and alternative behavior and classroom management strategies

  • Florida Education Reform Under Jeb Bush: Miracle or Mirage?

    October 14, 2015

    The panelists examined the Florida reforms and their educational impact from a variety of perspectives—from the educational frontline in classrooms and schools to the overview of system analysts.. Watch the video.

  • Ten Years After the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans

    September 9, 2015

    The first panel from 12:00-2:00 pm will focus on "New Orleans After the Deluge: What Happens To A Community Dispossessed," taking up the broader questions of the post-Katrina economic and political changes in New Orleans and how they shaped developments in its public schools. The second panel from 2:15-4:00 will focus on "Public Education in New Orleans: What Is The State of New Orleans Schools After A Decade of Market Reforms?," and will address the specific question of the current state of the city’s public schools.

  • Teaching Voting Rights

    July 14, 2015

    Using the C3 framework developed for teaching social studies and civics with the Common Core, this workshop will investigate the use of inquiry lessons to teach the theme of voting rights. This panel is part of the AFT's TEACH conference. Watch the panel.

  • Working Together Matters for Improvement

    July 13, 2015

    Improvement is as much about the capacities of educators and school leaders (human capital) as it is about the capacities and resources that are created between them (social capital) at all levels of the school organization and broader school system. This panel is part of AFT's TEACH Conference. Watch the video.

  • The Use of Value Added in Teacher Evaluations

    July 13, 2015

    In this workshop, Matt Di Carlo discusses the strengths and weaknesses of value-added models, with a particular emphasis on their use in teacher evaluations. This event was part of the AFT´s 2015 TEACH conference. Watch the video.

  • Gauging the Impact of School-Based Health Care On Students’ Health, Wellbeing and Educational Outcomes

    June 12, 2015

    Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of School Nurses. Watch the video.

  • The Affordability Crisis: Rescuing the Dream of College Education for the Working-Class and Poor

    June 10, 2015

    Speakers: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Beth Huang, Zakiya Smith; Moderator: Mary Cathryn Ricker. Watch the video.

  • Strategies for African-American Economic Emancipation

    May 29, 2015

    A panel sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute at the Fighting Inequality Conference at Georgetown University.

  • Education and Economic Policy in an Age of Political Polarization: Is There a Good Way Forward?

    May 13, 2015

    Is there a way for education and economic policy to escape from the paralyzing dynamic of political polarization that has confounded progress on so many issues?  Watch the Conversation.

  • In Defense of the Public Square

    May 1, 2015

    A robust and vibrant public square is an essential foundation of democracy. It is the place where the important public issues of the day are subject to free and open debate, and our ideas of what is in the public interest take shape. Watch the sessions.

  • Opportunities to Learn: Equity in American Education- Looking Backward, Looking Forward

    April 8, 2015

    In an era of growing racial and class segregation in American education, what must be done to provide every student with a genuine opportunity to learn? April 8, noon-2:00.

  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    April 8, 2015

    Co-sponsored with the American Federation of Teachers and held the second Wednesday of every month during the school year, this series is designed to engender lively and informative conversations on important educational issues. We invite speakers with diverse perspectives. Watch videos from the conversations.

  • Fairness & Effectiveness in School Discipline

    March 14, 2015

    How do we teach discipline and maintain order, while protecting against the effects of persistent, unconscious biases? How do we ensure that schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students? Watch the video.

  • A Diverse Teacher Force

    March 13, 2015

    There is concern that, as the U.S. population and student body is growing more racially and ethically diverse, the teacher workforce does not yet reflect this diversity. In fact, diversity should go beyond having more black and brown teachers in front of students. Diversity is also about equipping all teachers (regardless of race) to work with heterogeneous classrooms and diverse schools. Watch the video.

  • Is There A Pension Crisis?

    March 11, 2015

    Elected officials seeking to diminish the pensions of public sector employees have argued that they are responding to a fiscal crisis. Is this crisis real or contrived? March 11, noon-2.
  • ESEA at 50: The Federal Government and Equity in American Education

    February 18, 2015

    The basic provisions of Title I have barely changed in 50 years, and neither has the persistent inequality of educational opportunities offered to poor children. What more should Congress do? Watch the video.

  • The Emergence of the "Precariat": What Does The Loss of Stable Well-Compensated Employment Mean For Education?

    January 14, 2015

    The emergence of the global knowledge economy has revolutionized the nature of work in America – for the worse. Watch the Conversation.
  • Losing Our Way: Book Event with Bob Herbert and Randi Weingarten

    December 1, 2014

    In his 18 years as an opinion columnist for the New York Times, Bob Herbert championed the working poor and middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way.

  • The Next Generation of Differentiated Compensation: What Next?

    November 12, 2014

    This panel will examine the terrain of teacher compensation from a number of different perspectives, offering their recommendations on what a good compensation policy would entail. Watch the Conversation.

  • How Do We Get Experienced, Accomplished Teachers Into High Need Schools?

    October 8, 2014

    From a variety of different perspectives, our panel will address two vital questions: What are the systemic causes of this mismatch of educational resources and educational need? What policies could be adopted to remedy this mismatch, and attract experienced, accomplished teachers into schools with high educational need? Watch the Conversation.

  • This is Not A Test: Jose Vilson Book Event

    September 24, 2014

    This book follows the author through his coming-of-age story, beginning as a naïve young man growing up in the drug-tainted, community-centered projects of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and continuing through his struggles to mature and give back through a career teaching middle school math.

  • A New Social Compact for American Education: Fixing Our Broken Accountability System

    September 10, 2014

    Twelve years after the passage of No Child Left Behind and five years into Race to the Top, America finds itself in a ‘test and punish’ system of school accountability that poorly serves the nation and its students. Watch the Conversation.

  • Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    September 1, 2014

    Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other. Watch the past conversations and register for upcoming conversations.

  • Educational Justice and the Integration of American Schools

    June 11, 2014

    As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. Watch the Conversation.
  • Governing American Education: The Elusive Public in Public Education

    May 14, 2014

    The American ideal of “public education” has historically included a robust and complex conception of what it meant for education to be “public.”
  • American Education in Global Perspective

    April 9, 2014

    Since the 1995 introduction of the TIMSS studies and the 2000 start of the PISA assessments, much ink has been spilled on where U.S. students stand vis-à-vis their international counterparts
  • Good Schools IX / Creating Safe and Supportive Schools

    March 25, 2014

    How do we ensure that all schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students? How do we maintain safety and order, while protecting against the effects of the persistent, unconscious biases that plaugue our society?

  • The Future of Teacher Education and Preparation

    March 12, 2014

    Each panelist provides his or her diagnosis of American teacher education and a program for its improvement.
  • Philanthropy and Democratic Education: Friends or Foes?

    February 12, 2014

    Ever since their emergence in the early twentieth century, major philanthropic foundations have played a funding role in American education.
  • Disrupting the Pipeline

    January 8, 2014

    How do we ensure that our schools become vehicles for escaping poverty and constructing meaningful, productive lives as democratic citizens, and not the starting point of an institutional arrangement that ends in mass incarceration?
  • Early Childhood Education: The Word Gap & the Common Core

    December 11, 2013

    Given states’ difficulties in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) thoughtfully, many early childhood educators have begun to worry about what the NAEYC refers to as “a downward pressure of increased academic focus and more narrowed instructional approaches.”
  • Quality Assessments for Educational Excellence

    November 13, 2013

    The conversation focused on federal and state policy on student assessment, with an eye to identifying policies that would promote best assessment practices.
  • Fulfilling The Promise Of a Quality Education for All: 21st Century Career & Technical Education

    October 10, 2013

    This New York City conference (co-sponsored with the UFT) was designed to allow participants to share their expertise in CTE policy, practice, and research, as well as to deepen their understanding of how quality CTE can serve to expand the educational and career horizons of all students. Participants also considered a statement of recommendations on what needs to be done to develop and support quality CTE programs in U.S. education.

  • Civic Purposes of Public Education and the Common Core

    October 9, 2013

    One of the primary purposes of public education is to foster an engaged and well-educated citizenry: For a democracy to function, the "people" who rule must be prepared to take on the duties and the rights of citizens.
  • The Use And Misuses of Value-Added in Teacher Evaluations: Three Perspectives

    September 11, 2013

    Nationally-recognized experts, Linda Darling Hammond, Douglas Harris and Thomas Kane will present and discuss concrete proposals for how to incorporate test-based performance measures into new teacher evaluations
  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, 2013-2014

    September 2, 2013

    Co-sponsored with the American Federation of Teachers and held the second Wednesday of every month during the school year, this series is designed to engender lively and informative conversations on important educational issues. We deliberately invites speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other. Watch the Conversation videos.

  • Good Schools VIII / Doing Assessment Right

    March 2, 2013

    In the wake of No Child Left Behind, the demands on educational testing are heavier than ever – from diagnosis to instructional improvement to gate-keeping to accountability for students, teachers, and schools. What would a useful assessment system look like at the state and local levels? What are the conceptual and practical issues that must be confronted to achieve such a system?

  • Good Schools VII / Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

    November 16, 2011

    Districts across the country are struggling to improve low-performing schools, many using school improvement formulas imbedded in state and federal law. But what can research tell us about the relevance of family and school context to learning? About the “social capital” such contexts produce? About how effective these efforts have been and are likely to be? And about what is really known about “what works” to help schools improve

  • Good Schools VI / Multiple Measures of Teacher Performance: What Does It Mean? How Is It Implemented?

    November 9, 2010

    The quest to define and measure teacher effectiveness has sparked useful research on many different fronts, using different means to gauge various important outcomes. But it has also prompted many ieffective, punitive redesigns of techer evaluation systems. How do we create a system that is clear, fair, and useful for improving practice? 

  • Good Schools V / Pushing the Teacher Evaluation Envelope: Designing the Most Valid and Reliable Systems Possible

    April 27, 2010

    The fifth meeting of district partners in the Albert Shanker Institute’s “good schools” seminar series was convened in the wake of the first round of the Obama Administration’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top competition. Although only two states were declared as winners, scores of others made plans and passed laws that changed state education systems in ways that could be positive or negative, depending on the care with which these changes are planned and implemented.

  • "Modernizing Career and Technical Education (CTE), High School's Neglected Resource for Comprehensive Post-Secondary Preparation."

    February 10, 2010

    In this February, 2010 off-the-record Conversation, top federal and state policymakers, educators, business and labor leaders, practitioners, researchers and other experts with an interest in Career and Technical Education (CTE), including Education Secretary Arne Duncan and American Federation of Teachers and Shanker Institute President Randi Weingarten discussed the achievements and challenges facing high quality CTE. Following the Conversation, one of several sponsored by the Institute on key education topics, the Institute published a Compendium of the issues and questions addressed by the group.

  • Good Schools IV / Using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act To Advance the Good Schools Agenda

    April 20, 2009

    In addition to shoring up decimated education budgets, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is a possible funding source for state and local education reform efforts. This seminar examines what the law really says and the sorts of projects it might fund to: improve teacher quality, develop effective curriculum, improve the achievement of low-performing students, develop useful assessments, etc.

  • Good Schools III / Teacher Pay and Staffing Policies: What Works, What Doesn’t

    November 19, 2008

    In this November 2008 Good Schools Seminar, panelists including Doug Harris, David Osher, and Randi Weingarten discuss the evidence and policy on compensation and staffing policies for teachers in the U.S.

  • Good Schools II / Developing the Teaching Corps We Need

    January 29, 2008

    This seminar series is part of an effort to build a network of union leaders, district superintendents, and researchers to work collaboratively on improving public education through a focus on teaching.

  • Good Schools I / Unions, Teaching Quality and Student Achievement

    June 4, 2007

    This is the first in a series of two-day seminars, designed to help build a network of union leaders, district superintendents, and researchers to work collaboratively on improving public education through a focus on teaching.

  • What Do We Really Know About High School Dropout Rates & What Can Be Done To Improve Them?

    May 2, 2007

    The reliability of the data on high school dropout and graduation rates and the best way to calculate them have recently become the subject of intense debate, often generating more heat than light. What are the hidden assumptions and implications behind the dueling methodologies? What can we say with some certainty about how many students leave school prior to graduation, when, and why? And, more importantly, what do we really know about the policies and programs that are most effective in preventing dropouts and promoting school success?

  • Performance-Based Pay in Public Education

    June 2, 2006

    Across the country, policymakers are promoting or implementing plans to encourage excellent teaching by linking some portion of teachers’ pay to their performance or to the performance of their schools or students. While these proposals have generated a lot of heated discussion, most of the debate has centered around issues of theory or politics, not efficacy. What is the empirical evidence on the effects of performance-based pay plans, in general? In the public sector? In education? And what can research and experience tell us about the factors that make the implementation of some plans more or less successful?

  • Background Knowledge & Reading Proficiency

    May 19, 2006

    Research has demonstrated that students’ vocabulary and background knowledge are vital to reading comprehension, and that poor children and struggling readers are disproportionately disadvantaged by this fact. What are the implications of these findings for improving curriculum and instruction at the elementary and secondary levels? And how do schools impart this knowledge to students who don’t read well enough to acquire it from the written word?

  • Improving the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

    May 5, 2005

    Despite the continuing “math wars” debates, there is an emerging consensus on the need for U.S. math teachers to improve both their content and pedagogical knowledge. Key researchers (who were selected using an informal peer review process) have been asked to provide an overview on recent research about what mathematics teachers ned to know and be able to do to improve the performance of all students.

  • Reading Disabilities, Reading Difficulties & School-Based Interventions that Work

    April 13, 2005

    The importance of early reading success to later educational achievement has now become common wisdom. Federal agencies, state governments, and individual schools and districts across the country have initiated programs to improve beginning reading instruction, including strategies to identify struggling readers as early as possible. But what comes next? Once a reading problem is detected, can it actually be averted? And, if so, with what “treatment”? In recent years, neuroscientists and reading researchers have pursued a preventive model of reading instruction that could also be wildly successful. What does this research tell us about what goes on in the brain of a struggling reader, before and after intervention? And how can schools and districts translate this research into classroom materials and strategies that really work to prevent reading failure?

  • Bridging the Gap Between State Standards and Classroom Achievement: A Forum

    March 2, 2002

    Unless states step in to help turn standards into the tools that schools need, the promise of standards-based reform will be lost. That was the message of a March 2002 national forum for state educators, policymakers, teacher unionists, and business leaders on the challenges of curriculum and professional development to meaningful standards-based reform. The event was cosponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and Achieve, Inc.