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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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24 August, 201024 August, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
This article presents a community-based relational approach to fostering parent engagement in schools. We investigated the efforts of CBOs to engage parents in schools in low-income urban communities. We argue that when CBOs are authentically rooted in community life, they can bring to schools a better understanding of the culture and assets of families, as well as resources that schools may lack. As go-betweens, they can build relational bridges between educators and parents and act as catal...Read more
24 May, 201024 May, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
This report examines the high school preparation and postsecondary persistence of first-generation students—those students whose parents had no education beyond high school—and compares them with students whose parents went to college. Previous research has demonstrated that first-generation students exhibit different college enrollment and persistence behaviors than their counterparts whose parents have more education.
Public Resource 21 April, 201121 April, 2011
Folder: White Papers
There is a great scene in the movie BraveHeart where William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, addresses the troops prior to a battle with the English army. After he delivers his moving call to arms he returns to the ranks and his fellow soldier looks at him and says “Nice speech, now what do we do?”

Similarly, audiences who listen to my keynote on brain health typically wish to apply the content of the message to their own lives and to their organizations ask “Now what do we do?” Cer...Read more
15 November, 201015 November, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
The study, funded by the National Science Foundation looked at how 45 elementary school teachers in a purposive sample of 9 schools in 2 districts used interim assessments in mathematics. The study focused on teachers’ use of data in a cycle of instructional improvement; that is, how teachers gather evidence about student learning; analyze and interpret that evidence; use evidence to plan instruction; and carry out improved instruction.

Both the policy brief and research report review th...Read more
24 May, 201024 May, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
This document gives a broad overview to the concept of college readiness. The ideas in this document are targeted to taking a more deliberate and comprehensive view to college readiness than simply graduating high school. This paper is a good introductory look into the topic.

More on this assessment can be found at: http://epiconline.org/
Public Resource 29 March, 201129 March, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Color is an important factor in the physical learning environment and is a major element in interior design that impacts student achievement, as well as teacher effectiveness and staff efficiency. Research has demonstrated that specific colors and patterns directly influence the health, morale, emotions, behavior, and performance of learners, depending on the individual’s culture, age, gender, and developmental level, the subject being studied, and the activity being conducted.*
27 October, 201127 October, 2011
Folder: Adult Education
The Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS® has created this guide to stimulate
discussions about the opportunity before us. We begin with an overview of the CCSS — what’s new, why
they’re needed, and how these standards will drive new designs in assessment. We then provide you with
descriptions of the two assessment systems to be built. Finally, we provide our best thinking on the work ahead
in assessment — the most significant and high-leverage measurement...Read more
Public Resource 29 March, 201129 March, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Nearly a decade ago, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) presented states with a daunting mix of challenges that supported the creation of statewide standards and assessments and rigorous accountability requirements. Yet, as a nation, the United States still lags behind other countries in student academic achievement and in preparing its young people to succeed beyond the classroom. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education expects the gap between American students and students from top performing co...Read more
Public Resource 21 April, 201121 April, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Courage comes in many forms. In the field of education, courage and true leadership that makes a positive difference involves a number of philosophies and action plans, including: : being accountable and establishing measurable results; setting high goals and not making excuses; standing up to detractors; never being satisfied with the status quo; communicating openly and honestly even when it is painful.

Leaders who exhibit courage find that it can be a lonely position and may make them u...Read more
26 April, 201226 April, 2012
Folder: Adult Education
Analyzes data on risk of school suspension by race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status in nearly five hundred districts; highlights research showing suspensions to be ineffective and harmful; and calls for implementing evidence-based alternatives.


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