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This brief profiles strategies that large public school districts utilize to manage student behavior and discipline. The brief includes an overview of practices schools use to keep students in school, particularly in the context of disproportionality, by leveraging programs like Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Justice. The research addresses how teachers and staff are trained and supported in these practices and the ways schools determine whether related programs are effective.
Summary This research brief explores middle school retention policies. In this brief, “retention” refers to the practice of requiring a student to repeat a grade level. All profiled districts, regardless of formal retention policy, offer multiple interventions for academically at-risk students, so that administrators rarely retain students. An effective alternative to retention and social promotion […]
Summary This report describes how districts operate interdistrict desegregation programs to combat regional segregation. The report first provides an overview of interdistrict desegregation program types, outcomes, and common challenges. The report then suggests solutions to major problems facing interdistrict desegregation programs, including the legality of selection criteria, decreasing community engagement, the lack of sustainable funding, […]
Summary This report describes how districts select and implement classroom layouts, furniture, and technology resources to support student-centered instructional practices. It first explores the impacts of classroom design and technology integration on instruction. Next, the report suggests effective classroom layouts, components and technology resources. Lastly, the report profiles techniques to effectively evaluate, select, and implement […]
Many K-12 schools are postponing final decisions and announcements about end-of-year events like graduation or prom because they often aren’t scheduled until May or June. Read this insight for guidance on how to prepare for graduation and prom during this unprecedented time.
Use this diagnostic to improve managing behavioral disruptions in early grades. These questions are structured according to four key areas of opportunity.
Summary This report describes how districts can improve equity and student achievement by expanding access to dual enrollment courses. The report first explores the relationship between dual enrollment and student achievement. Next, the report describes how district administrators negotiate partnership agreements with higher education institutions. Lastly, the report offers strategies (e.g., student supports, parent engagement […]