Leadership

REL Northeast & Islands to Lead Forum on Collaborative Research

Jill Weber

On December 10, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands will host a forum in Washington, D.C. focused on lessons learned from forming and sustaining researcher/practitioner partnerships. In January 2012, when the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) selected EDC to continue its leadership of the REL-NEI, staff began to build partnerships among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers as part of a heightened REL focus on collaborative research to advance education reform.

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Quality Measures: Principal Preparation Program Self-Assessment Toolkit

Thu, 11/14/2013

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Designed to help principal preparation programs assess the quality of the training offered, this kit was developed originally for use in states and districts taking part in Wallace Foundation-funded efforts to improve school leadership. It was first published in 2009 and updated in 2013. The kit includes “rubrics” (or ratings with descriptions of what they mean) on course content, candidate recruitment and other matters.

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18 pp.

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Governance Readiness Tool

Mon, 07/01/2013

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EDC's National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations staff

This tool helps Head Start governing bodies and leaders assess their capacity to effectively oversee a Head Start program. It consists of indicator worksheets, a governance readiness plan, and resources.

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31 pp.

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Designing Innovations for Implementation at Scale: An Emerging Framework for Increasing System Capacity

Fri, 06/01/2012

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Cheryl King, Eliza Fabillar, Thomas Haferd, Maria-Paz Avery, Shai Fuxman

The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU) is a national research and development center that focuses on identifying the combination of essential components and the programs, practices, processes and policies that make some high schools in large urban districts particularly effective with low income students, minority students, and English language learners. The Center’s goal is to develop, implement, and test new processes that other districts will be able to use to scale up effective practices within the context of their own goals and unique circumstances.

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New Tool Will Assess, Strengthen Partnerships to Develop Effective School Leaders

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In a new initiative supported by The Wallace Foundation, a team led by Dr. Cheryl King will develop, pilot, and field-test a tool and protocols to assess the effectiveness of partnerships between districts and university principal preparation programs. The tool and protocols can play a key role in fostering the “great leaders” called for by Race to the Top by leveraging the capacity of districts and universities to align program elements and resources and pursue a shared vision for preparing “great leaders.”

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Maria-Paz Avery

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Maria-Paz Avery

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Maria-Paz

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Avery

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Throughout her career in education, Maria-Paz Avery has brought a keen sensitivity to the importance of viewing the performance of schools as embedded in the context of district and state supports. She has consulted extensively on organizational and multicultural issues with schools throughout the country. She brings her training and experience as a psychologist and mediator working in community cross-cultural settings to help understand the issues of historically disenfranchised families and students, especially from immigrant communities. As a researcher she has focused on ethnographic and qualitative research in a variety of settings.

As the Research Alliance Manager for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, Avery supports the activities of eight research alliances on topics such as college and career readiness, drop-out prevention, educator effectiveness, rural education, early childhood, English learners, and school improvement. She serves as the Facilitator for the English Language Learners Alliance. For 15 years, she was a manager and technical assistance provider for the New England Comprehensive Assistance Center and the New England Comprehensive Center (NECC). As part of NECC, she focused her work on the development of state guidance for districts on the implementation of formative assessment and on policy issues in the education of English language learners.

In her previous work at EDC, Avery directed the Gender Healthy Schools Project that provided technical and program evaluation assistance to teacher teams working on projects addressing gender equity in two urban districts. She provided consultation and training to the South Bend Community School Corporation on a project called Valuing Diversity that used the lens of student diversity to guide reform efforts to restructure K-12 education. In addition, she directed a project on the training of medical interpreters and was instrumental in the development of standards of practice for the profession. For this work, she received a 2015 Language Access Champion award from the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC).

She holds a BA in child study from Maryknoll College in the Philippines, an MA in psychology from Smith College, and a PhD in sociology from Boston University.

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Managing Project Director

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Leadership for Learning Innovation

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2341

Rebuilding for Learning: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students

Thu, 01/19/2012

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Daniel Light, Terri Meade, and Camille Ferguson

The Rebuilding for Learning™ initiative assists school leaders in their work to develop systems of learning supports. This report presents that process and outlines the successes of Gainesville City Schools as they created their own comprehensive system of learning supports. Over three years, Gainesville has increased graduation rates and decreased disciplinary action referrals.

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34 pp.

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Investigating the Impact of the Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative on Hattiesburg Public School District

Wed, 10/14/2009

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Harouna Ba, Terri Meade, Elizabeth Pierson, Camille Ferguson, Amanda Roy, Hakim Williams

The Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative (Cisco 21S Initiative) represents an intensive, four-year, $80 million investment in technology, training programs, and Cisco employee resources in Mississippi and Louisiana. This report presents findings from an evaluation of the implementation of the initiative in The Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) in southern Mississippi.

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94 pp.

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Investigating the Impact of the Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative on Harrison County School District

Wed, 10/14/2009

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Harouna Ba, Terri Meade, Elizabeth Pierson, Camille Ferguson, Amanda Roy, Hakim Williams

The Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative (Cisco 21S Initiative) represents an intensive, four-year, $80 million investment in technology, training programs, and Cisco employee resources in Mississippi and Louisiana. This report presents findings from an evaluation of the implementation of the initiative in the Harrison Central 9th Grade (HC9) and Harrison County High School (HCHS) in Harrison, Mississippi.

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51 pp.

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