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Five Critical Challenges of High School Reform

Janet Quint

category: Research

tags: reform, talent-development model, implementation, small learning communities, instructional improvement, personalization, instruction

Conference

June 2006

In deciding whether to adopt a comprehensive reform model or add onto existing efforts, Quint recommends administrators consider what is already in place and the capacity of local personnel. MDRC found strong district support is necessary.


Examining the Effectiveness of Scaling Up First Things First

Ed Deci

category: Research

tags: reform, hierarchy, small learning communities, instruction

Conference

June 2006

Deci describes his research on the efficacy of the First Things First (FTF) school reform model. FTF includes three strategies: small learning communities, a family advocate system, and instructional improvement.


Closing the Achievement Gap: What Works in Secondary Schools

Robert Balfantz

category: Research

tags: drop-out, behavior, reform, poverty, talent-development model

Conference

June 2006

Based on over a decade of work involving over 100 high-poverty middle and high schools using the Talent Development model, Balfanz argues that to close the achievement gap reform must be comprehensive, intensive, sustained, and on-target.


What Works in What Context and How?

Charles Payne

category: Research

tags: reform, implementation, instruction

Conference

June 2006

Payne argues that researchers know what the causal problems are and what to do to address them. However, it is implementation that remains the issue. He urges researchers to study the best practitioners to learn how to implement reform and he cautions that reform takes time.