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This tool from the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders will help you determine why some strataegies worked and others did not and how to develop action steps to improve outcomes through a strong plan to monitor the implementation progress of your equity plan strategies.

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The Handbook on Innovations in Learning focuses on innovations—both methodological and technological—in teaching and learning that promise to surpass standard practice in achieving learning outcomes for students. The chapters in this Handbook consider best practice from the perspective of topics emerging as priorities in education. Each of the authors presents a concise review of the literature on the topic of the chapter, an explanation of what the topic means in relation to education, and, importantly, suggests action principles for states, districts, and schools. Topics covered include personalized learning, online learning, implementation, instruction for students with disabilities and for English language learners, games in education, career and technical education, the use of data and data analytics to improve learning outcomes, local and state approaches to building a network of leaders of innovative practices.

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To guide states and districts in designing and implementing effective evaluation systems, this article by staff of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders offers an overview of 10 common missteps to avoid and identifies two major challenges that states will need face to keep reforms on track.

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This resource from the Center on School Turnaround examines how state education agencies are supporting districts in improving their capacity to assist with school turnaround efforts and how that support might be improved.  The efforts states have made to turn around low-performing schools have met with mixed success and districts may be the missing link between federal and state desires to improve those schools and the actual changes that improve learning for students.  This analysis uses survey data from state-level turnaround leaders in all 50 states and interviews with eight intentionally selected state leaders, and also includes a section on implications for state education agencies.

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The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky is intended to inform state leaders and policymakers as they navigate the process of implementing new college- and career-ready standards. Both Kentucky and Tennessee implemented the Common Core State Standards in their respective education systems. Examples of well-organized communication and change management processes to implement education reform are highlighted, as are lessons learned. The publication includes sections focusing on how to manage resistance to content standards adoption and implementation and on considerations for policymakers as they implement multiple large-scale reforms.

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This guide is divided into two parts. Part I provides an overview of the state education agency’s (SEA’s) oversight role in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) programs, and discusses the importance of developing a strategic vision for how the SEA will approach oversight. Part II highlights thirteen oversight responsibilities SEAs have under federal law, describes how SEA oversight activities influence local education agency implementation of ESSA programs, and provides examples of possible oversight activities SEAs might carry out in different situations.

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