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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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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 12 March, 201112 March, 2011
Folder: Effective and Efficient
This research report written by Bill Daggett, SPN's Doug Silver, Dr. Jimmy Byrd, and Dr. Cindy WIlliams provides a model of how effective and efficient are not mutually exclusive. This paper describes the rationale and context for work in support of the El Paso ISD's effort to become more effective and efficient through a real time data analysis. The focus of this work is on efficient prevention rather than expensive intervention in assisting schools’ existing efforts and identifying poten...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 25 August, 201025 August, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
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 22 November, 201122 November, 2011
Folder: Adult Education
As schools and districts work to improve student learning outcomes, demand has grown for information on efforts to promote formative assessment and strategies that support its implementation. Formative assessment has been defined by a national group of education leaders and researchers as an ongoing instructional process rather than a discrete event. Using formative assessment, teachers collect feedback daily and systematically with students to inform adjustments to instruction to help studen...Read more
Public Resource 9 September, 20119 September, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Converging Challenges

As Western nations struggle to recover their economic equilibriums after the financial crisis of 2008, China and India are leveraging their size and human capital to become global economic powerhouses. Emerging economies such as Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, and Panama are increasingly capable of winning greater shares of international business. The ability to compete in the interconnected global economy is primarily leveraged by technical innovation and a hi...Read more
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 17 May, 201117 May, 2011
Folder: White Papers
For decades, General Motors was the heart of the American economy. Then in early 2009, the one-time market leader in the automobile industry found itself on the brink of insolvency. More recently, GM has been in the news once again, this time touting its back-on-its feet strategy. Our K-12 education system could learn a few lessons from the business dynasty’s failures, and more importantly, from the savvier overseas car companies that nearly put it out of business.
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
Model School
Public Resource 30 September, 201130 September, 2011
Folder: Leadership
A Research Partnership of the Successful Practices Network, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the International Center for Leadership in Education, and the Quaglia Institute. Funded by the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This report describes the results of five years of research SPN led in 75 schools in 10 states. The factors that emerged from this research has contributed to a national understanding of what distinguishes model schools. This report feat...Read more


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