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News and Opinion Oct 4, 2012

Race to the Top-District Action Brief and Guidance

AIRTurnaround for Children and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have written two white papers to support districts who are applying for the Race to the Top – District (RTTD) competition.

The Race to the Top-District (RTTD) competition presents an important opportunity for school districts to design and implement personalized models of teaching and learning that can deepen and accelerate college and career readiness.  To leverage RTTD, districts must begin with a clear vision and high quality plan for establishing the “foundational conditions” to create personalized learning environments, including a plan to measure the implementation of and impact of those conditions.

The two white papers that follow serve as step-by-step guides for establishing these foundational conditions and for using a specific set of metrics to measure their effectiveness and impact.

CLICK HERE for RTTD Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

Authored by Turnaround for Children, this white paper contains powerful language and actionable items that districts can and should use to address RTTD’s Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority.

CLICK HERE for RTTD Guidance: Implementing Continuous Improvement Metrics and Strategies for the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

Authored by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), this paper describes metrics and a continuous improvement strategy for the foundational conditions for personalized learning, including a rigorous application of performance measures at the district, school, classroom, and student levels.

CLICK HERE for a Brief Overview of the two white papers and how best to utilize them.