What Works

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What Works

Many of the top-ranked industrialized nations address socio-economic disparities by providing wraparound services in schools to meet students’ health and social service needs. This is true even in nations with child poverty rates far lower than the United States’ 2011 rate of 23 percent.

Common sense, research and experience tell us that resources need to be directed to the schools and students with the greatest needs. Teachers need to be well prepared and supported. All students need a robust curriculum and access to high-quality, universal early childhood education. Parents and community members need to be welcomed as partners in our public schools. Students need to have multiple pathways to graduation that include career and technical education.


Further Reading

A Model Lesson: Finland Shows Us What Equal Opportunity Looks Like,” Pasi Sahlberg

Raising the Bar: Aligning and Elevating Teacher Preparation and the Profession,” AFT Teacher Preparation Task Force

There’s No Such Thing as a Reading Test,” E.D. Hirsch and Robert Pondiscio

“Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Early Education Interventions on Cognitive and Social Development,” Gregory Camilli, Sadako Vargas, Sharon Ryan, W. Steven Barnett

Community Schools Results,” Coalition for Community Schools

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11-Point Program for Reform


After a recent poll found that voters want greater oversight for charter schools, In The Public Interest and the Center for Popular Democracy released The Charter School Accountability Agenda: An 11-Point Program for Reform, which outlines steps for states to ensure public accountability and provide oversight to improve student learning and reduce instances of fraud. […] Read More »

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AT&T contribution to boost McDowell students’ job prospects


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An AT&T contribution will allow scores of McDowell County, W.V., high school students, who are at risk of dropping out, to explore a world beyond their community through mentors, college campus visits and job shadowing programs in Charleston and Washington, D.C., AT&T officials, Reconnecting McDowell leaders and other state officials announced April 23. The three-year, […] Read More »

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West Virginia district buys buildings for teacher village


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In an effort to recruit and retain teachers as well as encourage economic development in McDowell County, W.Va., the Reconnecting McDowell partnership purchased a long-abandoned property May 12 in downtown Welch, W.Va., that will become apartment-style housing for teachers and other professionals. Read More »