How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top

In this report, McKinsey examines 25 school systems around the world, including the 10 best performing, to drill down on what matters most in the systems. It found that attracting the right people to become teachers, properly developing them into effective instructors, and ensuring that the system is modeled to deliver the best possible instruction to every child are key elements to the top-performing school systems. 

A Better Blend: A Vision for Boosting Student Outcomes With Digital Learning

Blended learning that combines digital instruction with live, accountable teachers holds unique promise to improve student outcomes dramatically. This brief explains how schools can use blended learning to encourage improvements in digital instruction, transform teaching into a highly paid, opportunity-rich career that extends the reach of excellent teachers to all students and teaching peers, and improve student learning at large scale. Public Impact calls this a “better blend”: combining high-quality digital learning and excellent teaching.

A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T.—Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching

As part of the U.S Department of Education's RESPECT (Recognizing Education Success, Professional, Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching) movement, this publication lays out seven critical components of a new, transformed profession identified by ED and seven other national teacher organizations. The document also outlines next steps ED will take to continue this conversation with teachers and help to reach this vision to reform and elevate the teaching profession.

Transforming Teaching: Connecting Professional Responsibility With Student Learning

This report, released by the National Education Association, identifies guiding principles set by 21 teachers and leaders from across the country to transform the teaching profession. The report envisions a profession that “embraces collective accountability for student learning balanced with collaborative autonomy that allows educators to do what is best for students” and provides recommendations for state and local teachers associations, preparation programs, districts, states, and policymakers to make this vision a reality.

A New Approach to Principal Preparation

This report by the Rainwater Leadership Alliance presents detailed information and examples from successful principal preparation programs on their approaches to recruitment, selection, training, ongoing support, and continuous improvement.

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership

This annual survey conducted by MetLife examines the views of teachers and principals on the responsibilities and challenges facing school leaders, including the changing roles of principals and teachers, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness. The 2012 report finds the following:

When Learning Counts: Rethinking Licenses for School Leaders

This Wallace Foundation report seeks to provide an answer to whether licenses that states require for school principals cover the skills and knowledge to promote student learning. And, if not, what policy framework would allow educators, lawmakers, and others rethink principal licenses? The investigation finds that licenses don’t reflect a learning focus and that licensing requirements across states are unbalanced and misaligned with today’s ambitions for school leaders. 

Using Competency-Based Evaluation to Drive Teacher Excellence: Lessons From Singapore

The complete recipe for Singapore’s educational success is not public, but one element stands out: the development and thorough use of performance-linked “competencies” to measure, reward, and develop teacher performance. This report by Public Impact explores Singapore’s successful teacher evaluation and development system—recognized by its education leadership and teachers as effective and fair.

Teacher Leader Model Standards

There is a growing acceptance, indeed enthusiasm, among policymakers and education leaders for a heightened teacher role in leading a stronger profession. More than 60 colleges now offer master’s programs in teacher leadership. Smart, dynamic, motivated teachers fear stagnating in their growth, and teacher leadership positions provide avenues to pursue new skills and interests while remaining in the classroom.

Blended Learning Case Studies

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation recently published a series of case studies on five school networks engaged in blended learning. These case studies provide deep insight into the following:


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