National PTA President Otha Thornton discusses why his organization supports the Common Core, dispelling myths and sharing resources to help parents learn more and support successful implementation of the standards.
Beyond Islands of Excellence: What Districts Can Do to Improve Instruction and Achievement in All Schools (2003) (PDF, 562Kb)
The report outlines lessons from five high poverty districts with a record of increasing student achievement. The report identifies a set of practical steps that schools and districts can take to move beyond a few excellent schools to success across entire systems.
Beyond Islands of Excellence – A Leadership Brief (2003) (PDF, 381Kb)
The Brief is geared to district leaders and policymakers and highlights key findings and recommendations from the complete Beyond Islands of Excellence study.
District Case Studies (2003)
The case studies provide detailed descriptions of the strategies used in each district to improve instruction and raise student achievement.
A VISION FOR GREAT SCHOOLS
On this website, educators, parents and policymakers from coast to coast are sharing what's already working in public schools--and sparking a national conversation about how to make it work for children in every school. Join the conversation!