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Minority Community Outreach. (2010). Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement. Minority Community Outreach.

This report identifies general practices for engaging minority parents, discusses the dynamics that hinder parent involvement, explores successful strategies that strengthen parent engagement for closing the achievement gap, and identifies recommendations to improve parental engagement policies.

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Thao, M. (2009). Parent involvement in school: Engaging immigrant parents. Wilder Research. Effective strategies for, and common barriers to, engaging immigrant families are discussed.  This resource is designed to reduce barriers and help immigrant parents demonstrate the value of education to their children.

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Horn, M. B. & Staker, H. (2011). The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning. Innosight Institute.

Most of the growth is in online learning is occurring in blended-learning environments, in which students learn online in an adult-supervised environment at least part of the time. As this happens, online learning has the potential to transform America’s education system by serving as the backbone of a system that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students. Tips and strategies to incorporate blended learning into the school environment are included in this report.

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New Zealand Education Workforce. (2012). School Support Staff: Collectively Making Resources Count. New Zealand Ministry of Education.

School systems and practices need to enable leaders, teachers and support staff to “collectively make resources count” to optimize student learning outcomes. This report provides suggestions on how to offer guidance to support staff and build a team vision.  The appendices provide resources for principals to learn and improve the allocation of responsibilities at their schools.

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Barakos, L., Lujan, V. & Strang, C. (2012). Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Catalyzing Change Amid the Confusion. Center on Instruction.

This document offers an overview of the role of STEM in current educational improvement efforts and provides a brief history of STEM initiatives and publications.  The document captures important trends, clarifies the goals and approaches of STEM initiatives, and presents several important considerations for state and district educators in developing STEM programs that serve the needs of their students.

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Yoo, T. (2008). Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century. Cisco.

The future growth and stability of the global economy depends on the ability of education systems around the world to prepare all students for career opportunities and help them attain higher levels of achievement. This guide provides tips to engage in a new paradigm of 21st century learning; one that will require a holistic transformation of education systems. A vision for the local journey is specified.

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Kalogrides, D., Loeb, S., & Béteille, T. (2011). Power Play?  Teacher Characteristic sand Class Assignments. Urban Institute.

Although more effective (higher value-added) teachers and those with advanced degrees are also assigned less difficult classes, controlling for these factors does not eliminate the association between experience, race, gender, and assignments. The authors hypothesize that this pattern of class assignments results, in part, from power relations among teachers within a school, a process that works to disadvantage those with less experience and from minority and female backgrounds, as well as from parental pressures. These patterns have negative implications for teacher retention given the importance of working conditions for teachers’ career decisions.

 

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Danielson, C. (2007). The Many Faces of Leadership. Educational Leadership; ASCD.

Building a collaborative school culture is not possible without the help of effective teacher leaders. In this research report, the author explains the power of good teacher leadership in building collaboration and provides several conditions that promote leadership.