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|The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.|
|Chugach School District, Alaska, was the smallest organization to ever win a Baldrige Award. This small Alaskan school district transformed itself from failing to thriving with data-driven decision making, and individualized instruction. Their site contains many lessons learned and resources.|
|The Consortium for School Networking is a professional organization that sponsors conferences, workshops, as well as offering timely updates and information through its web site. CoSN promotes the use of telecommunications to improve K-12 learning. Members represent state and local education agencies, nonprofits, and companies and individuals who the CoSN vision. CoSN's goal areas are leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and emerging technology.|
|Great video and white paper describing Kevin Silberberg's Data Dashboard using data to start conversations and make decisions.|
|EdTechProfile is one of the statewide educational technology services (SETS) funded by the California Department of Education and provided free of charge to California public schools. In this episode, Steve Kay talks with Brian Dunsmore, EdTechProfile’s director, about ways you can use EdTechProfile in your technology planning process.|
|Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, EWIT (Educators’ Website for Information Technology) provides help with strategic planning, assessment, curriculum development, professional development and evaluation. You may also find the searchable database very helpful when looking for information technology career education. It includes current research, reports, publications, latest innovations and trends. Also included are instructional resources such as curriculum and assessment, standards, implementation tools, integrating academics and information technology.|
|Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.|
|In this Radio TICAL episode, Dan Neville, Technology Specialist with Arizona’s Kyrene School District, shares how his district is using technology for more effective asset and data management. He gives examples that range from wireless devices that improve the accuracy of textbooks and equipment inventories to tools for collecting data from lots of sources in one place for analysis and interpretation.|
|The National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit organization that represents state associations of school boards and their member districts across the U.S. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership.|
|In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.|