An increase in social-emotional support for students as well as opportunities for them to exercise leadership skills is paying off at a Chicago high school.
- Issues and Publications
- Common Core
A critical challenge facing American educators is how to improve the quality of schools in high-poverty school districts so that all students have an opportunity for academic success. Several recent studies – including the Learning First Alliance report Beyond Islands of Excellence– offer promising examples of districts that have raised student achievement across most schools. Evidence from improving school districts suggests that districts should:
Unfortunately, many districts struggle to provide the resources and supports needed to improve teaching and learning on a large scale. The Alliance calls on educators and policymakers to build the political will to invest in districtwide strategies that support the instructional work of teachers and principals and increase student achievement.
Alliance Publications on Districtwide Improvement
Alliance reports and case studies outline findings from a two-year study of five improving high-poverty school districts. These reports show how the districts raised student achievement by focusing on districtwide strategies to improve instruction.
Districtwide Success Stories on Public School Insights (2008)
This new Learning First Alliance website offers accounts of what is working in public schools and districts across the country. Click here for stories about districtwide strategies that are improving student outcomes.