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The Successful Practices Network was created to be a living lab for schools to exchange research, ideas, best practices, and professional development resources. SPN Research has two primary missions: 1) to disseminate the most useful education research available that is consistent with the organizing pedagogy of Rigor and Relevance for ALL students to SPN members 2) to engage in research with a variety of partner schools, organizations, and foundations in effective instructional and leadership practices that can be replicated and implemented on a larger scale. SPN has recently partnered with two Texas education leaders to better understand the effective and efficient practices that are possible with an aligned near real time data system. SPN Research also partnered with CCSSO, the International Center for Leadership in Education, and the Quaglia Institute on a five-year study of model schools and promising schools that sought to improve the rigor, relevance and relationships in their schools. SPN research is informed by the data generated by the WE Surveys. This analysis guides development of new initiatives and resources for members. SPN members access a deep collection of research articles and links through a searchable database that is organized by school level, topic, and keywords. Members can download as much of this research as they want as part of their membership.

 

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  • A wide range of research sources are sifted and organized for members around topics of interest to SPN members
  • Research is selected for its practical application and usefulness to school practitioners
  • Research is connected to other resources accessible on the website through a common “Topic” database
  • Members can rate and identify research that is helpful. SPN monitors access rates to better understand which research members seek out and use.
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9 January, 20129 January, 2012
Folder: Leadership
"The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning," is the latest installment in the foundation's Perspectives series. This report distills lessons from school leadership projects and research in twenty-four states and many districts. According to the report, the key practices in effective school leadership are shaping a vision of academic success for all students; creating a climate hospitable to education; cultivating leadership in others; improving instructio...Read more
Public Resource 3 May, 20103 May, 2010
Folder: Student Engagement
These surveys measure perception data about leadership, relationships, rigorous instruction, and relevant learning. Schools across the country are using this data as part of their efforts to move beyond just using state tests scores to drive their school improvement.

We Lead:32,916
We Teach:19,362
We Learn: 201,063
We Support (New December 2009) 1320
3 May, 20103 May, 2010
Folder: Teacher Effectiveness
Over the last 6 months, the discussion about how to measure teacher effectiveness has dominated the news. This issue brief released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives an excellent synopsis of how this topic will go from a “discussion” to an implementation in 10 districts around the country. Undoubtedly, the results of this effort to focus on improving teaching and learning will drive many reform efforts. This easy to read brief is an excellent road map to get a glimpse of what...Read more
Public Resource 11 August, 201011 August, 2010
Folder: Student Engagement
The National Essential Skills Study asks participants to identify what they believe are the 20 to 30 most important topics in each of four subject areas:
English language arts
mathematics
science
social studies
The topics compiled for each content area were adapted from national standards as identified by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Research Council, and the National Council for the Social Studies, and fr...Read more
Public Resource 11 August, 201011 August, 2010
Folder: Student Engagement
The National Essential Skills Study asks participants to identify what they believe are the 20 to 30 most important topics in each of four subject areas:
English language arts
mathematics
science
social studies
The topics compiled for each content area were adapted from national standards as identified by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Research Council, and the National Council for the Social Studies, and fr...Read more
14 December, 201114 December, 2011
Folder: College Readiness
This study, Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students, found that algebra-ready students in schools offering online Algebra I scored higher on an algebra test and were more likely to participate in an advanced mathematics course sequence in high school, compared to algebra-ready students in schools that did not offer the online course. The study also found no evidence of negative effects on non-algebra-ready students attending schools where online Algebra I w...Read more
11 April, 201111 April, 2011
Folder: Turnaround Strategies
Students who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time, and disadvantaged students who fall behind by third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate with their peers, according to new research. The author of the study said reading is taught until third grade, at which point students are expected to use reading skills to learn new material, meaning that students who fall behind likely will remain there.
24 May, 201024 May, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
This study of four national English lan­guage arts college readiness standards sets compares content alignment and level of alignment of the standards statements in three comparison sets to a benchmark set, the American Diploma Project (ADP), and analyzes the cognitive complexity of all four sets. This study is part of SWREL's "Issues and Answers" series. Look for the dramatic differences in the number and types of standards across the 4 compared groups.
Public Resource 29 March, 201129 March, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Studies have shown that students understand and retain knowledge best when they have applied it
in a practical, relevant setting. A teacher who relies on lecturing does not provide students with optimal
learning opportunities. Instead, students go to school to watch the teacher work. The International
Center’s Rigor/Relevance Framework is a powerful tool that has captured the imagination of teachers to
aspire to teach students to high rigor and high relevance.

All educators can use t...Read more
Public Resource 8 April, 20118 April, 2011
Folder: White Papers
The importance of all students achieving reading proficiency, as well as the new federal requirements to set proficiency standards and monitor progress across subgroups of students, continues to influence policymakers, educators, and the American public. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that all students be “proficient” in reading by 2013-14 and demands that all schools make adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward that end. Proficiency is a truly worthy goal, but the practical realities...Read more


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