Best Practices for School Staffing
The purpose of this report was to conduct a literature review to determine best practices for school staffing models. This report explored research-based best practices for improving staffing practices at a school or district level.
This report included data results from one school district’s pre-instruction conference, a new form of professional development offered to teachers, which allowed for teacher choice regarding session attendance. Survey data included feedback from participants regarding the keynote speaker and other session results, as well as feedback on session timing, attendance, quality, and preparation. The results were quantitative and qualitative, and recommendations for future conference preparation were made. MCPER conducted a follow-up study providing longitudinal data on the results of this pre-instruction conference for teachers.
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers and Administrators: Research-Based Best Practices
This report addressed considerations surrounding the recruitment of teachers and administrators and identified reasons for attrition. Recommendations for the recruitment of culturally and linguistically diverse candidates was included.
Translation and Interpretation Services
This report will discusses a variety of translation and interpretation services that educators can offer to help student and families with limited English language skills to communicate more effectively with teachers and other school officials.
Bonds 101 and Tips for Success
The purpose of this literature review was to provide basic knowledge about bonds and strategies to pass a successful bond measure.
This report examines the literature on year-round school recommendations, cost for implementation, and the impact year-round school models compared to traditional school as it relates to “summer slide.”
This report summarizes various research-based summer school models that target elementary school students. This report highlights various goals for summer school, including reducing the achievement gap, providing literacy interventions, school readiness, and supporting English Language Learners.
This report provided quantitative and qualitative data analysis of survey results. Findings included how and when participants felt most valued by the district, how participants learn most effectively, and recommendations for future research.
Middle School Models
This report explored the literature on characteristics of effective middle schools. The literature review included research on creating a school climate and how to help underserved youth.
Physical Environment and Student Achievement: School Facilities, Designs, and Perceptions
This report summarized current research on the impact of the physical environment on student learning. The report included models for assessing facilities and characteristics of learning environments that promote safety and health.
International Field Trips
This report investigated the pros and cons of international field trips to better understand its effects on students. Also, virtual field trips, as a substitution to regular, international field trips, was investigated as well. Finally, a series of phone interviews involving parents, students, teachers, and school principals within the school district being studied was conducted to more thoroughly understand findings and meet the needs of the school community.
In an effort to help close the opportunity gap prevalent in schools, many school districts are examining the utility of the traditional September-through-June school calendar. Therefore, this report summarizes current research on the two most common school calendars: traditional and year-round.