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Shanker Blog

November Nov30, 2023

Comprehensive Reading Curricula and Teacher Expertise: We Don’t Have to Choose

Kata Solow, Executive Director of the Goyen Foundation, writes that successful curriculum implementation must be built together, with teachers, school leaders, and the community working hand-in-hand.


October Oct18, 2023

Celebrate Family Engagement All Year Round

Public school educator Sarah Johnson encourages fellow teachers to facilitate meaningful family engagement year-round in order to improve academic and social/emotional outcomes for students. 


October Oct11, 2023

Literacy Legislation in Education: Align Policy with Practice

Jeanne Jeup, co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, writes that in order to ensure that policies are effectively implemented, collaboration among educators, administrators and policymakers is crucial. 



@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS P.S. Here's a nice little 2018 review of NYC-specific studies post-Hoxby:

8 months 1 week ago

@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Scarsdale aside, NYC very interesting back then (Boston too). Small sectors, slow growth, large/positive effects. I’ve been meaning to look at more recent papers (can’t believe that Hoxby report is almost 15 years ago, feeling old). Thanks again.

8 months 1 week ago

@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Thanks for the comment. Critique is not of the models/results but rather that illustration of effect size (as presented in “glossy” report’s summary). Seems I might have explained that better, but my description not much different from paper’s.

8 months 1 week ago

RT @edtransformGU: Check out the latest blog by our Advocacy and Policy student, @RachelWessler, on early care provider compensation that s…

8 months 2 weeks ago

RT @NEPCtweet: A proposal to make school finance more equitable with a strategic use of federal funding @shankerinst @SchlFinance101 @dicar…

8 months 2 weeks ago

New post: The Shanker Institute turns 25 years old this month!

We'll be celebrating during the coming year.

8 months 2 weeks ago

RT @Stephen_Sawchuk: Still looking for a few good #mathteachers . Help me share your success!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Our recent report laying out and simulating a federal foundation aid formula for K-12 education is excerpted in the newest issue of American Educator.

Co-authored by @SchlFinance101
and @jerseyjazzman

8 months 3 weeks ago

RT @DrMikeHansen: I’m proud to announce a new brief on gender pay differences among teachers with coauthors @Quintero05Diana & @NicolasZerb…

8 months 3 weeks ago

Check out @kayreist on what it takes for instructional coaches to be effective.

8 months 4 weeks ago