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Britt, M. & Raine, E. (N.D.) Clarence Edwards Middle School: Success Through Transformation. Massachusetts 2020 & the National Center on Time and Learning.

This case study sheds light on how one struggling school that was labeled a failing school became on of the best performing schools in Massachusetts.  Teachers, union leaders, community members, administrators, and parents worked together to change the length of the school day to meet student needs.

 

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Killion, J. (2013) Establishing Time for Professional Learning. Learning Forward.

Time is a valuable resource that is needed for professional learning. This how-to report provides research, tools, and strategies on how to embed time for professional learning within the school day.

 

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Public Impact. (2014) Teacher-led Professional Learning: To Reach Every Student with Excellent Teachers-Defining Teacher- Leader Roles. Chapel Hill, NC.

This report defines a variety of roles for teachers as leaders and provides a teacher leader job characteristics checklist. Some information is provided about Opportunity Culture Schools and their principles.

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Chan, R. (n.d.) Transforming Schools through Expanded Learning Time: Tumbleweed Elementary School. National Center on Time and Learning.

This case study highlights the changes made to turnaround a low performing elementary school in a high poverty area. The 3 main changes: extended learning time for students, additional planning time for teachers, and professional development that focused on collaboration.

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Kaplan, C., Chan, R., Farbman, D., Novoryta, A. (n.d.) Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers.  The National Center on Time and Learning.

This report/case study explores six specific practices that highly effective schools utilize.  Practices explored in this report include: collaborative planning, embedded professional development, summer trainings, data analysis, coaching, and peer observation.

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Meyer, G. (2005) On Time and How to Get More of It. National Institute for Urban School Improvement.

As the demands on teachers increase, the question is how to find more time for teachers to be able to meet those demands.  This brief looks at possibilities on how we might create more time within the day for teachers to plan, collaborate, and meet student needs.

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Whitmore Schanzenbach, D. (2014)  Does Class Size Matter? National Education Policy Center.

This policy brief summarizes the academic literature on the impact of class size and finds

that class size is an important determinant of a variety of student outcomes, ranging from

test scores to broader life outcomes. Smaller classes are particularly effective at raising

achievement levels of low-income and minority children.

 

 

To supplement our online tools and resources for participants to enhance work on school improvement planning, NTC also built a series of eight 90-minute supplemental training sessions. These are built to introduce school level educators to survey results and help make connections between those results and conditions in schools. With only 90 minutes to provide instruction virtually, these sessions are not intended to solve systemic challenges at the school level, but are a great start to informing your school improvement efforts.

Online 90-minute training: Finding Time for Teachers to Plan and Collaborate

Participants in this class will:

  1. Reflect on TELL results to consider the amount and use of collaborative time
  2. Examine specific strategies for scheduling to maximize teacher time for planning and collaboration
  3. Consider protocols for using collaborative time to focus on instructional practices and student learning
  4. Explore processes toward engaging staff in scheduling and meetings in order to move forward on potential plans

Interested in participating? For more information, including a sign up, click here.

To supplement our online tools and resources for participants to enhance work on school improvement planning, NTC also built a series of eight 90-minute supplemental training sessions. These are built to introduce school level educators to survey results and help make connections between those results and conditions in schools. With only 90 minutes to provide instruction virtually, these sessions are not intended to solve systemic challenges at the school level, but are a great start to informing your school improvement efforts.

Online 90-minute training: Differentiated Instruction

Participants in this class will:

  1. Examine 5 key components of differentiation as defined by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  2. Consider strategies to utilize the 5 components of differentiation
  3. Deepen the understanding of the role of assessment in differentiation
  4. Explore the potential of the Knowing Students tool to support differentiation

Interested in participating? For more information, including a sign up, click here.