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.
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color
This report seeks to explain the measures being taken in Oregon and throughout the country to recruit and retain teachers of color while also providing information about the challenges and benefits of such efforts.
Strategies for Transitioning to a Co-Teaching Model
This report provided a review of the literature to identify common co-teaching approaches and suggested strategies for how a district might meet the needs of ELLs through collaboration teaching models.
Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of Participating in the School Improvement Grant
This report investigated the impacts of a School Improvement Grant (SIG) program on two elementary schools located in the Pacific Northwest by reporting the themes within participants’ interview responses. The report includes recommendations based from the interview data.
Community-Based Partnerships: A Spectrum of Collaborative Relationships
This report explored a range of types of school-community partnerships with the corresponding desired outcomes and required resources. Additionally, the report describes examples of community school models in current practice.
The Impact of Science Detracking on Equitable Enrollment
This mixed methods study evaluated the impacts of science detracking reform on students and teachers. Quantitative enrollment data was analyzed to determine whether the reform resulted in increased enrollment in core and Advanced Placement science courses by underrepresented populations, and qualitative interview data provided themes found in the perceptions of the teaching and administrative staff.