Professional Development/ Teacher Training

An approach to educational reform that is gaining increasing currency is the one taken by the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative ( BASRC ), a not-for-profit grantmaking and support organization that aims to increase educational equity among students in six San Francisco Bay Area counties. The central idea informing BASRC ’s work is that school improvement is a...

The problems of urban middle and high schools are rooted in the inadequate preparation that too many students receive in elementary schools, and these problems become most visible in the ninth grade, when students encounter more demanding coursework and tougher requirements for grade-level promotion. In troubled high schools, a large percentage of ninth-grade students...

Launched in Houston in 1993 by James Ketelsen, retired CEO of Tenneco, and since expanded to 12 additional school districts, Project Graduation Really Achieves Dreams ( GRAD ) combines a variety of promising reforms to improve instruction and raise student achievement in schools that serve primarily minority and low-income students. With the overarching objective of...

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