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Knowledge From the Field: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Mapping the Field: A Report on Expanded-Time Schools in America

National Center on Time and Learning
Jessica Edwards, David Farbman, Fran O'Reilly
December 2012

Analyzes trends and key characteristics of expanded-time schools in America using information from the 1,002 schools represented in the National Center on Time and Learning's database. Presents a concise history of the expanded-time schools movement and directions for future research.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wallace Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Toward Closing the Achievement Gap: A One-Year Progress Report on Education Reform in Massachusetts

Race to the Top Coalition
Pauley, Elizabeth
November 2011

Highlights early outcomes of school reform efforts launched under a new state law with support from the Race to the Top program, including progress in turnaround schools, charter schools, and innovation schools. Outlines challenges and recommendations.

Funder(s): Boston Foundation


Supporting and Scaling Change: Lessons From the First Round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program

Bellwether Education Partners
Smith, Kim; Julie Petersen
July 2011

Assesses the degree to which the i3 program helped advance innovation in public education. Outlines takeaways, challenges, and recommendations for the Education Department and grantmakers, including optimizing support for different stages of innovation.

Funder(s): Rockefeller Foundation


Steering Capital: Optimizing Financial Support for Innovation in Public Education

Bellwether Education Partners
Smith, Kim; Julie Petersen
April 2011

Examines efforts to align capital to education innovation and calls for clarity and agreement on problems, goals, and metrics; an effective R&D system; an evidence-based culture of continuous improvement; and transparent, comparable, and useful data.

Funder(s): Rockefeller Foundation


School Improvement Grants: Take 2

School Turnaround Group
Shea, Jennifer; Meredith Liu
December 2010

Outlines lessons from the FY 2009 funding process and failed strategies to turn around failing schools, including the importance of accountability for student achievement and innovative partnerships. Offers advice on application design and implementation.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York


Race to the Top: What Grantmakers Can Learn From the First Round

Foundation Center
Lawrence, Steven
June 2010

Based on interviews with stakeholders in the Department of Education's first-round Race to the Top competition, examines the challenges states faced, grantmaker support for applications, concerns, and insights into grantmaker-government partnerships.

Funder(s): Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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Interpreting “Race to the Top” TNTP Summary & Analysis of USDE Draft Guidelines

The New Teacher Project
September 2009

Outlines the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) “Race to the Top” Fund (RTT) application and selection process, summarizes the USDE application and overall selection criteria for RTT funding, and provides a checklist that states and districts can use to determine their own eligibility based on the four assurance areas and overall selection criteria.


Race to the Top: Colorado May Be Used to High Altitudes But Can It Compete in Race to the Top?

National Council on Teacher Quality
Walsh, Kate; Sandi Jacobs
August 2009

Outlines expected requirements for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's funding to the states for education reform. Offers strategies for improving teacher quality in Colorado, as well as data infrastructure, low-performing schools, and standards.

Funder(s): Colorado Children's Campaign, Donnell-Kay Foundation, Piton Foundation, Public Education & Business Coalition


Realigning Resources for District Transformation: Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to Advance a Strategic Education Reform Agenda

Center for American Progress
April 2009

Offers ideas for spending stimulus funds strategically to align and restructure districts' use of resources to improve student performance by assessing current practices, focusing on support for quality instruction, and making transitional investments.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


By Design Not Default: Optimizing District Spending on Small High Schools

Education Resource Strategies
April 2009

Analyzes small school design elements driving extra per-student spending, needed start-up and ramp-up investments, and impact on facility use and enrollment projections. Offers a tool for quantifying resource use and suggestions for effective allocation.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success

Coalition for Student Achievement
April 2009

Outlines stimulus funding priorities and actions for governors and superintendents to improve standards, data systems, teacher evaluations, efforts to turn around low-performing schools, and targeted interventions. Supplement lists resources and examples.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation


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