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Jan 19, 2023
Our National Center Community of Practice on Strategic Use of Summer and Afterschool Set-Asides facilitators, Hillary Oravec and Brenda McLaughlin, published an article in the Journal of Youth Development. The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated how essential summer and after-school programs are for youth and their families. Policymakers took note of the needs and the evidence base and prioritized stimulus funding to expand access and accelerate…
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Jan 4, 2023
By Jeanette Joyce, Sara McGinnis, and Carrie Parker.  True systemic change requires time. There must be a clearly defined scope, a commitment to build a strong foundation, and a crafted partnership determined to see solutions through a holistic lens. In this project, the Region 11 Comprehensive Center (R11CC) team partnered with Nebraska education agencies to create and systematize processes for data use and implementation of evidence-based…
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Dec 20, 2022
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores have been released, and one of the big questions on educators’ minds is, “How has the pandemic affected students’ progress?” The NAEP scores act as a report card for the nation, announcing which groups of students are landing below, at, or above the proficiency line. Confirming people’s fears, the results were disheartening this year. However, there were some signs of upward…
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Dec 9, 2022
Let’s say I had trouble dividing fractions, one of the Accelerated Learning participants began, should I get remediated in all things fractions? The simple question seems to have an obvious answer, “No,” and yet remediation is still a go-to response for many teachers. But what are the potential harms of remediation, and what might be a better solution? These are just some of the questions the Accelerated Learning Work Group analyzes, evaluates…
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Nov 29, 2022
Grow Your Own (GYO) refers to programs that recruit, prepare, and support people from within communities to become certified teachers. These programs harness partnerships from school districts and community organizations to offer supports like mentorship, financial assistance, and flexible schedules that can engage a wider pool of candidates from under-represented groups, thereby diversifying the educator workforce. In fact, these opportunities…