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  • The Evidence on the "Florida Formula" for Education Reform

    A review of the high quality evidence on the "Florida Formula for education success," a package of policies put in place during the late 1990s and 2000s, which focus generally on test-based accountability, competition, and choice.

  • Social Side of Education Resources

    Relationships, trust, collaboration and social capital are key to educational improvement. Learn more about the social side perspective through these resources.

  • Literacy Ladders

    This curated collection of essays for early childhood educators and others examines the research on increasing young children's language, knowledge, and reading comprehension.


  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series 2015-2016

    Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series held the second Wednesay of the month during the school year, is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other.

  • Ten Years After the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans

    The first panel from 12:00-2:00 pm will focus on "New Orleans After the Deluge: What Happens To A Community Dispossessed," taking up the broader questions of the post-Katrina economic and political changes in New Orleans and how they shaped developments in its public schools. The second panel from 2:15-4:00 will focus on "Public Education in New Orleans: What Is The State of New Orleans Schools After A Decade of Market Reforms?," and will address the specific question of the current state of the city’s public schools.


  • The Story Behind The Story: Social Capital And The Vista Unified School District

    In Vista Unified Schools, Superintendent Dr. Devin Vodicka approached improvement by understanding social dynamics and relationships first, a process that was aided by data and research, with the goal of building trust and partnerships throughout the system.
  • Recent Evidence On Teacher Experience And Productivity

    A recent working paper questions the conventional wisdom about whether teachers improve beyond their first few years in the classroom, and also illustrates important lessons about the relationship between research and policy.
  • The Magic Of Multiple Measures

    Cara Jackson of the Urban Teacher Center provides recommendations for designing and using teacher evaluations as a means to teacher improvement, but does so in a rather "magical" context.