POLICY PAPERS

Our policy papers codify the learning from our community of practice and offer recommendations
to Chiefs as they shape the future of education in their states and districts.
August 8, 2017

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

Leveraging Curriculum to Improve Student Learning

A relatively nascent but powerful body of research suggests that content-rich, standards-aligned, and high-quality curricula exert a powerful influence on student achievement. There is also early evidence that switching to a high-quality curriculum may be a more cost-effective way to raise student achievement than several other school-level interventions. Leading states and districts – from New York to Louisiana to Washington, D.C. – are showing how smart strategies can be used to ensure that high-quality standards are matched with high-quality instructional materials, leading to strong student outcomes – without trampling on local control of education.
June 5, 2017

THE CASE FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP

Elevating the Teaching Profession and Sustaining Equity and Excellence

School systems throughout the country are working to establish avenues for teacher leadership, but often lack powerful models to guide action. This policy brief from Chiefs for Change offers a view into some of the most promising efforts, and perspectives on how others can learn from those models. "The Case for Teacher Leadership" draws lessons from distinct approaches by Chiefs for Change members — Louisiana, New Mexico, and Tennessee — to elevate the teaching profession. It also lays out a five-stage continuum for meaningful teacher leader engagement.
September 12, 2016

ESSA TITLE II-A

Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, and Other School Leaders

The Title II program under ESSA continues to focus on raising student achievement by improving the quality of teachers, principals, and other school leaders, and affords significant flexibility for states and districts to carry out a wide variety of activities, consistent with their specific needs. These opportunities are significant, as in 2016 $2.34 billion was appropriated for Title II. This brief provides specific pathways for states and districts to develop and implement programming in a strategic and collaborative manner in order to better prepare, develop, recruit, retain, and ensure equitable access to our strongest educators.
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