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The Challenge of Addressing Equity of Opportunity for All Students:Broadening the Work of the Equity and Excellence Commission

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2013. (PDF, 16 pgs.)

The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA's ENEWS is a forum to link with those who are concerned with enhancing policies, programs, and practices related to addressing barriers to student learning and promoting mental health in schools. It augments the ways the Center shares information and facilitates interchange and networking. This issue of the center's ENEWS looks at the Equity and Excellence Commission’s 2013 report to the Secretary of Education entitled: For Each and Every Child – A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence (PDF). The report provides a five-part framework "of tightly interrelated recommendations" to help guide policymaking on addressing equity of opportunity for all students.

School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006

Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006. (PDF, 4 pgs.)

A quick fact sheet from the latest School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) that identifies changes between 2000 and 2006 in school health policies and programs at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

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Reshaping High Schools

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2008. (web publication)

Find information on the reshaping of high schools, including a number of calls for policy changes, descriptions of reform models that work, and ways to improve high schools both systemically and incrementally. The authors make clear that a wealth of new choices needs to be developed because the typical high school culture is not working for so many.

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 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.

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.

Policy Update: Cyberbullying

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), 2007. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A brief policy update from the Policy Information Clearinghouse on cyberbullying including issues to consider and state actions to address the problem.

New Hampshire's Vision for Redesign: Moving from High Schools to Learning Communities

State of New Hampshire Department of Education, 2007. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

A report bringing together state, regional, and national resources with the work of New Hampshire educators in a plan to support the improvement of our secondary schools.

Making Every Moment Count: Maximizing Quality Instructional Time

Multiple associations, 2007. (PDF, 31 pgs.)

A collaborative project that includes short papers by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Reading Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and many other educational groups on their recommendations to promote effective use of class time.

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