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Leader SEL Toolkit

Social and emotional skills are widely acknowledged to have a critical role in student success and, increasingly, education leaders also recognize the importance of developing SEL among the adults in…

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Starting with Why: How District Leaders Drive Change

How did leaders in a rural school district in middle Georgia consistently improve math outcomes for traditionally underperforming students? That is the driving question of GLISI’s third report in it’s Conditions for Success case study…

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Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates

What happens to students’ post-secondary dreams when schools aren’t equipping them with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college and career success?  Meandering Toward Graduation, a report from EdTrust explores that issue, highlighting the gulf…

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Providing Effective Instructional Feedback : GLISI Research Brief

The engine of school improvement is feedback. Though the education airspace is swirling with curriculum reforms and scheduling adjustments and improvement plans, the direct pathway to helping teachers to more effectively teach is via feedback about their teaching performance. Yet data tell us that few teachers, and even fewer principals, receive regular feedback that is concrete, specific, instructionally-relevant and likely to help them improve classroom instruction. But why? In this brief, we will explore the importance of providing effective performance feedback, highlight common barriers encountered by education leaders and teachers in the feedback process, and pose questions for district and school leaders to consider to make the feedback process more effective.

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Collective Impact in Education: GLISI Research Brief

How can districts make their partnerships designed to improve student learning more effective? One new promising strategy is collective impact. Collective impact is a recently developed strategy that shows how like-minded organizations can join forces to bring about long-lasting positive change in their communities. Particularly, this brief examines how collective impact works in an educational context to improve student achievement and suggests ways to adapt the approach for success in rural settings.

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Soft Skills Development in K-12 Education: GLISI Research Brief

Implementing Common Core is at the center of the current education spotlight. The attention of schools, legislators and media is squarely focused on implementing rigorous academic curriculum to ensure all students graduate college and career ready. Yet, research suggests that soft skills are equally important to student success after high school as strong academic performance. This research brief highlights some of the research on soft skills, and offers examples and tips for how pioneering educators are teaching these important skills across the K-12 spectrum.

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Remediation & K-12 Leadership: GLISI Research Brief

If you think that a student who graduates from high school with a strong GPA and a solid college entrance exam score is adequately prepared for the demands of higher education, you may be wrong. Post-secondary enrollment trend data show that high school graduation does not equate to college readiness.This brief overviews college remediation, explores its connection to K-12 preparation, and describes the opportunities one Georgia school district identified to intervene and support students more effectively to shore up college readiness.

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Conditions for Success: Community pride, sustained district focus, and teaching excellence in a rural Georgia county 

What did school and community leaders do that led to rural school success in third-grade reading? Researchers at GLISI found three conditions in a case study with implications for rural student achievement. This is the second in GLISI’s Conditions for Success series.

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Conditions for Success: A case study of leadership practice in a rural Georgia school district

The inaugural report in our Conditions for Success series, this document is the culmination of a study that explored what leaders were doing and what conditions were present in a small, rural school district in Georgia when the graduation rate increased by 15 or more percentage points from 2007 to 2010 among student groups that struggle with high school completion across the nation.

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Supervising Principals: How Superintendents Can Improve Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

This resource examines the role superintendents as principal supervisors and their importance in building principals’ instructional leadership capacity and helping them advance student achievement, looking particularly at 3 high-leverage arenas in which superintendents can have the greatest impact on principals.

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