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Using Learning Huddles to Improve Teaching and Learning

September 25, 2018

The REL West K-6 Literacy Improvement Partnership is working closely with staff in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) in Reno, Nevada, to strengthen implementation of a writing curriculum using improvement science strategies — such as the "Plan-Do-Study-Act" (PDSA) cycle — to select and iteratively test improvements in instruction and collect short-term data on its effectiveness. Participating teachers engage in grade-level inquiry or "learning huddles," which provide opportunities for peer support as teachers examine data and evidence together and engage in testing change ideas as they strive to improve students' writing.This one-hour archived webinar includes an overview of the inquiry cycle structure, an explanation of the design features of the discussion protocols, and examples of change ideas and related data tracking to demonstrate how teachers are learning about improving instruction. WCSD practitioners will discuss their early experiences and lessons learned while facilitating and participating in the learning huddles.Who Will BenefitThis webinar was designed for district leaders, instructional coaches, and school leaders interested in engaging teachers in structured inquiry protocols for curriculum implementation and improvement in any subject.What You Will LearnViewers will:Learn about the theory and practice of teacher learning huddles and how they reflect an improvement science PDSA inquiry cycleThrough huddle examples from WCSD, understand the design features and leverage points to facilitate learning about instructionExplore ways to support teacher learning through inquiry in their context

Evaluation of the TechSF Workforce Innovation Partnership

January 1, 2015

An explosion of growth in San Francisco's technology sector has fueled an acute demand for local talent. Three challenges, however, prevented the public workforce development system from fully capitalizing on the tech boom:

Reforming Developmental Education to Better Support Students' Postsecondary Success in the Common Core Era: Core to College Evaluation

January 1, 2015

When students first enroll in college, they are required to demonstrate readiness for college-level work. Course placement depends on standardized assessments, and students who do not attain a satisfactory score are typically assigned to developmental (e.g. remedial) education courses.

Silicon Valley ALLIES Innovation Initiative Evaluation Report

January 1, 2015

Silicon Valley (CA) lacks sufficient resources to meet its growing demand for both adult English as a second language (ESL) training and technical career training for English learners.

Core to College Evaluation: Statewide Networks -- Connecting Education Systems and Stakeholders to Support College Readiness

January 1, 2014

The Core to College initiative aims to facilitate greater coordination between K-12 and postsecondary education systems around implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.

Core to College Evaluation: Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Articulating Course Sequences Across K-12 and Higher Education Systems

January 1, 2013

The Core to College Initiative is designed to promote collaboration between the K-12 and higher education systems in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments. The frequent lack of alignment between the content and rigor of high school courses and college courses has contributed to many college students being placed into non-credit-bearing remedial courses, limiting their chances of success at the postsecondary level. To address this challenge and to support students' successful transition to postsecondary education, the Core to College Initiative aims to improve the alignment between K-12 and postsecondary education systems in the initiative's participating states.

Core to College Evaluation: Placing College Students in Courses for Credit

January 1, 2013

The Core to College Initiative, a three-year, multi-state initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is designed to promote collaboration between the K-12 and higher education systems in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.

Core to College Evaluation: Building Bridges through Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

January 1, 2012

What can K-12 and higher education systems do to foster increased collaboration in order to better prepare students for college?