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Relationships Matter

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2006. (web article, available for purchase)

Research shows that strong teacher-student relationships improve academic achievement.

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Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008. (PDF, 87 pgs.)

A practice guide with evidence-based recommendations for use by educators to address the challenges of reducing behavior problems in elementary school classrooms.

Recommendations on Helpful Ways for School Professionals and Families to Talk about Mental Health Related Concerns

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and coalition partners, 2007. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

Developed by a national coalition of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and physicians, this tip sheet helps educators and families talk together about children's mental health issues.

Reassessing the Achievement Gap: Fully Measuring What Students Should Be Taught in School

Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2008. (PDF, 29 pgs.)

A report from The Campaign for Educational Equity argues for broader measures of assessment in NAEP.

Realizing the Promise of Promise Neighborhoods

The Bridgespan Group, 2009. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to issue RFPs for planning grants to create Promise Neighborhoods in 20 of the country's poorest communities. This paper discusses the lessons learned from earlier models and how policymakers and community leaders can benefit from this opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Ready to Learn, Empowered to Teach: Guiding Principles for Effective Education

National Association of School Psychologists, 2008. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

This document advocates for meeting the needs of the whole child in order to ensure that students of all ages, even those struggling with barriers to learning, are truly ready and able to learn when they come to class. In addition, this document outlines education policy recommendations for the new administration.

Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success

A Guide for Governors. National Governors Association, 2003. (PDF, 43 pgs.)

This guide offers advice to states on how to improve schools from kindergarten through college to prepare students to become productive citizens.

Reaching the Reluctant Learner

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2008 (web publication)

Educational Leadership magazine shares numerous articles on how students can be more effectively motivated and engaged in learning.

Quality Counts 2011: Uncertain Forecast—Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality

Education Week with the EPE Research Center, 2011. (web report)

This report investigates the impact of the Great Recession, federal stimulus, and broader economic conditions on the nation's schools. Examine both lingering concerns about the halting economic recovery and emerging opportunities for innovation as state and local officials attempt to move reform agendas forward despite depleted budgets.

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PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide

PTA, 2008.(PDF, 32 pgs.)

The PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships offer a framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student success. This assessment guide, or rubric, helps facilitate the implementation of these standards. The guide includes specific goals for each standard, indicators for measuring these goals, and examples for each indicator to show what good practice looks like at different levels of development.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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