This report describes the Job Training Programs Curriculum Study (JTPCS), which was commissioned by the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) to analyze the content of course materials from five job-training occupational areas and is part of a larger program of preparedness research projects that are being conducted for the Governing Board.
Journey Toward Deeper Learning: An Evaluation of the Roadtrip Nation Experience in San Jose PLUS Academies
This report describes the background, methods, and findings of a “deep dive” evaluation of Roadtrip Nation’s (RTN) high school program, the Roadtrip Nation Experience. The primary focus of the evaluation was RTN pilot implementation in three San Jose Unified School District PLUS Academies during the 2011–2012 academic year, supported by analysis of program curriculum and instructional materials.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest educators create purpose statements for each lesson to make the purpose very clear. They argue that the purpose statement should reflect the understandings that students will gain through the lesson rather than simply the tasks that must be completed.
Authors Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson stress the importance of quality leadership in achieving educational equity.
Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness
The CCSS gave states an opportunity to voluntarily adopt common expectations in English language arts and literacy, and mathematics. With common standards in place, states could more easily and efficiently share best practices in curriculum and assessments, while still retaining flexibility on how best to teach these subjects locally (Phillips & Wong, 2010). Major questions remain to be answered about these standards, chief among them the degree to which they reflect what is necessary to be ready for college and careers.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest educators create purpose statements for each lesson to make the purpose very clear.
Education research and development non-profit Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning suggest taking these steps to improve the chances of life success for all children…
This report from the Carnegie Corporation of New York advocates for the use of writing-based practices to increase literacy skills among American students.
Former teacher and teacher coach Tristan de Frondeville suggests strategies to increase student engagement.
Daniel T. Willingham argues that “People are naturally curious, but they are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, people will avoid thinking.”