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The School Improvement Newsletter

The latest in school improvement research and opportunities

Focusing Improvement
Why doesn’t hard work always lead to improved student outcomes? Carrie Miller and Michelle Call explain how districts and schools can help educators accelerate student achievement by narrowing their focus to high-leverage, evidence-based practices. Read more >>


Opportunity: ESSA Peer Review Positions Available
The U.S. Department of Education recently extended its application deadline for ESSA state plan peer  reviewers to February 17th. Successful applicants will receive an honorarium for their participation in a peer review process of 4-5 state plans, including a week-long panel review in Washington, D.C. Apply here >>
Opportunity: Personalized Learning Partnership
Ed Direction is excited to partner with Summit Learning, a non-profit organization supported by Facebook’s education partnership division. This free program—which includes a curriculum, assessments, and implementation support—helps schools with grades 6-12 bring personalized learning into their classrooms. What’s even more exciting than the opportunity to work with an organization that has seen some impressive gains from their work (this report gives a great snapshot of the results schools are seeing) is the fact that Summit Learning’s instructional philosophy aligns closely with the Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies Ed Direction helps schools all over the country implement with fidelity. In addition, Summit Learning’s focus on data use and collaboration make this a partnership made in heaven! We feel strongly that Summit’s tools will provide additional support to schools working hard to customize instruction to meet students’ needs.

Interested in learning more about how Ed Direction can help your school or district implement Summit Learning? Email Allison Miller at

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