What We Are Reading: English Language Learners, Postsecondary Credentials, Principal Influence

Looking for new high school-related resources? Here are some pieces that the National High School Center and other organizations have recently released:*

Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners (Center for American Progress, April 30, 2012). This report summarizes key findings drawn from the literature on promising practices that all teachers can employ when working with ELLs. It also describes the degree to which that research is integrated into the preparation, certification, and evaluation of teachers as a means for improving educational outcomes for ELLs. Through a review of professional and state level standards for teacher-education programs, state teacher-certification examinations, and teacher-observation evaluation rubrics, the report examines gaps in policy and practice pertaining to general education teachers of ELLs. 

The Credential Differential: The Public Return to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment (CLASP, April 2012). By 2025, the United States will need to produce about 24 million additional credentialed adults to remain globally competitive with leading Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries. Right now, the nation is losing ground and falling far behind, yet public investments in increasing the number of adults with a postsecondary credential remain stagnant. 

The Ripple Effect: A Synthesis of Research on Principal Influence to Inform Performance Evaluation Design (American Institutes for Research, April 30, 2012). This brief draws upon research literature on principal effectiveness and policy documents created by scholars and national organizations concerned with principal professional practice and its effects.

*Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization.

Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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