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Using Policy to Improve Principal Quality

Join us as we discuss a new Wallace Foundation-RAND Corporation report on key policy levers for principal improvement.

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The Standard - Article

Why School Climate Matters for Teachers and Students

Teachers in strong climates get better faster, stay longer, and propel their students to greater heights.

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The Standard - Article

Why School Climate Matters and What Can Be Done to Improve It

Educators’ abilities to forge strong relationships with students lie at the heart of strong schools.

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Press Release

States Move to Support Teachers through Employee Wellness Programs

By creating opportunities and infrastructure for employee wellness programs, state boards of education and other policymakers can foster the physical and emotional well-being of teachers and school leaders.

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Policy Update

Supporting Educators through Employee Wellness Initiatives

By creating opportunities and infrastructure for employee wellness programs, state boards of education and other policymakers can foster the physical and emotional well-being of teachers and school leaders. 

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State Innovations

Michigan Narrows Licensure Bands to Improve Early Learning

Michigan jettisoned its broad elementary teaching licenses in favor of preK-3 and 3-6 licenses that will better equip new teachers with developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.

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Press Release

Michigan Takes Bold Steps to Improve Early Learning by Narrowing Teacher Licensure Bands

A new NASBE analysis explains how Michigan jettisoned its broad elementary teaching licenses in favor of preK-3 and 3-6 licenses that will better equip new teachers with developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.

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State Innovations

School Leaders' Role in Empowering Teachers through SEL

To implement SEL well, states like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington are empowering school leaders and educators through "adult SEL" initiatives.

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State Innovations

Preparing Diverse, Effective Teachers through Residencies and Induction

Many states are expanding teacher residency and induction programs. 

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