Resources

Leadership in Action: What Should a 21st Century High School Look Like?

New England Secondary School Consortium

4/25/2011

Textbooks, chalkboards, and desks were the hallmarks of 20th century schooling. Today's best schools are borderless community learning centers.

Leadership in Action: What Can the World’s Best Schools Teach Us?

New England Secondary School Consortium

4/11/2011

National borders no longer define the knowledge and skills needed for success. Lessons from other countries are helping us more effectively prepare our students.

Leadership in Action: How Do Today’s Students Learn?

New England Secondary School Consortium

3/29/2011

How can we use what we know about the way the brain works to inspire and engage students?

Leadership in Action: What Do Today’s Students Need to Know?

New England Secondary School Consortium

3/16/2011

Every day, the world is growing more complex and demanding. Today's students need new skills that will equip them for success in the global economy.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

Robert B. Schwartz, Ronald F. Ferguson, and William C. Symonds

2/14/2011

Roughly half of all young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills or labor market credentials essential for success in today's increasing demanding economy.

Securing the Dream

Maria Idali Torres, et. al.

1/31/2011

This collection of reports tells the story of the continuing growth of the Latino population in Massachusetts, and offers policy recommendations aimed at improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this population.

The Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy: What the Research Says

Michelle Renee and Sara McAlister

1/25/2011

Community organizing for education reform has the potential to create equitable changes in schools and districts.

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick

11/22/2010

Competency-based education has the potential to re-engineer education systems so that failure is no longer an option for students.

A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life

Jill Norton, Lisa Famularo, Michael Bennett, and Ivy Washington

10/7/2010

How are school and district leaders supporting the integration of 21st century skills into public education?

Massachusetts’ Forgotten Middle Skills Jobs

Michelle Wilczynski

7/14/2010

Middle-skills jobs—those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—are critical to the state's economic growth.

Disconnected Young Adults in New England

Ephraim Weisstein and Flora Traub

6/22/2010

Too many young adults, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups, are leaving high school without the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and the emerging workforce.

Ready for the Future: The Role of Performance Assessments in Shaping Graduates’ Academic, Professional, and Personal Lives

Laurie Gagnon

6/20/2010

How can performance assessments help high school students prepare for success in college and beyond? Through a series of interviews with Boston public school graduates, this study analyzes how performance assessment systems prepared students for future academic, professional, and personal endeavors.

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems

Rosann Tung

1/13/2010

Performance assessments, often used for individual student evaluation, are effective measurements, but rarely incorporated into accountability systems at the district and state levels.

Meaningful Linkages between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners

B. McLaughlin and T.L. Phillips

11/16/2009

What do effective summer learning partnerships look like? This report offers guidance and examples for schools and communities looking to develop and manage successful summer learning partnerships.

Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

7/16/2009

Pre-K is proven to improve educational outcomes, but not all students have access to high-quality programs.

Many Sizes Fit All

4/27/2009

The report reviewed six options that are likely to be considered in any comprehensive multiple pathways initiative. These options serve

Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

4/27/2009

To increase the number of young people who gain the credentials necessary to succeed in the 21st century, we need to establish "multiple pathways" for learners that lead to a variety of high-quality postsecondary options.

What It Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century—and How New Englanders Are Faring

Jobs for the Future

10/16/2008

As New England's population changes, the region must rework its policies and practices to meet the increasingly demanding expectations of today's economy for underserved learners.

The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement

Beth M. Miller

6/20/2007

Students from different socioeconomic backgrounds learn at the same rate, but without access to quality summer learning opportunities, low-income students often fall behind their peers.

Adults Must Be College Ready Too

Blenda J. Wilson

12/1/2006

Although "college-readiness" is usually associated with teenagers, adult learners often struggle with this issue. This article reflects on the difficulties and successes of adult learners who participated in adult basic education (ABE)-to-college programs.