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Ideas in Action: Taking Care of Students’ Emotional Needs by Giving Them a Voice

2017-08-21T15:33:04+00:00

Taking Care of Students’ Emotional Needs by Giving Them a Voice   Key Practice: Working with students to “find their voice” when it comes to dealing with conflict and pursuing non-violent solutions to problems. “Students come to us with a lot of responsibilities and challenges. For many kids, it becomes possible to achieve their [...]

Ideas in Action: Taking Care of Students’ Emotional Needs by Giving Them a Voice 2017-08-21T15:33:04+00:00

Improving Outcomes for Adult Learners

2017-08-16T19:26:45+00:00

Improving Outcomes for Adult Learners By Margaret Patterson More than 40 percent of adults age 16 or older participate in some form of adult education activities. Safal Partners recently concluded a contract with the national Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in the U.S. Department of Education to conduct research and [...]

Improving Outcomes for Adult Learners 2017-08-16T19:26:45+00:00

Ideas in Action: Assessing Student Language and Special Education Needs Through Teamwork

2017-08-15T14:31:28+00:00

Ideas in Action: Assessing Student Language and Special Education Needs Through Teamwork Key Practice: Educators are teaming up at Camino Nuevo’s Kayne Siart campus to better assess student needs when it comes to language acquisition and special education. Photo Credit: Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Kayne Siart Campus “Poverty is not a learning disability [...]

Ideas in Action: Assessing Student Language and Special Education Needs Through Teamwork 2017-08-15T14:31:28+00:00

Lake & Tuchman: Disability Rights Advocates Are Fighting the Wrong Fight on School Choice

2017-08-14T19:09:03+00:00

Lake & Tuchman: Disability Rights Advocates Are Fighting the Wrong Fight on School Choice In this commentary Robin Lake and Sivan Tuchman argue that people are asking the wrong questions about how school choice may best serve students with disabilities. The authors support efforts to ensure all sorts of school choice are designed [...]

Lake & Tuchman: Disability Rights Advocates Are Fighting the Wrong Fight on School Choice 2017-08-14T19:09:03+00:00

The Nations Report Card, Time for an Update?

2017-08-14T19:04:26+00:00

The Nations Report Card, Time for an Update? The Nation’s Report Card, officially the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) has not been updated for 15 years, and a lot has changed in the American education during that time.  This article provides an overview of the potential changes up for debate in this [...]

The Nations Report Card, Time for an Update? 2017-08-14T19:04:26+00:00

EdBuild Provides Data on District Secession’s Effects on Segregation

2017-08-14T18:47:26+00:00

EdBuild Provides Data on District Secession’s Effects on Segregation This story is originally from the Washington Post. Data on the demographics of school districts and the effects of districts splitting up were in the news this week in Georgia. EdBuild, which presents data visualizations on a many aspects of public education, recently posted [...]

EdBuild Provides Data on District Secession’s Effects on Segregation 2017-08-14T18:47:26+00:00

CREDO Study on Texas Charter Schools Shows Performance Improves

2017-08-14T18:41:41+00:00

CREDO Study on Texas Charter Schools Shows Performance Improves The Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) released its third study of Texas charter schools. The 2017 edition reports that changes in the Lonestar state have produced higher performance among charter schools than in previous years. CREDO identifies several of the state’s high-performing [...]

CREDO Study on Texas Charter Schools Shows Performance Improves 2017-08-14T18:41:41+00:00

Asking the wrong questions of the wrong data

2017-08-14T18:26:33+00:00

Asking the Wrong Questions of the Wrong Data By Alex Medler I get a kick out of my kids’ musical performances. What do we parents discuss during intermissions? Our universal pride in our young performers, how much we liked the music, how much the kids have improved at their instruments, and how well [...]

Asking the wrong questions of the wrong data 2017-08-14T18:26:33+00:00

Good Outcomes: Making a positive difference for students, parents, and educators in school communities across the country

2017-08-15T19:50:02+00:00

Good Outcomes: Making a positive difference for students, parents, and educators in school communities across the country At Safal Partners, we want to make a difference. Since our founding in 2010, our firm has made an unwavering commitment to help education leaders achieve their boldest goals. These goals drive us all to make [...]

Good Outcomes: Making a positive difference for students, parents, and educators in school communities across the country 2017-08-15T19:50:02+00:00

Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card

2017-08-14T18:11:55+00:00

Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card Project Lead: Alex Medler, Phd. Safal Partners work with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) was expanded recently.  Safal Partners is facilitating study group for the FDOE that is developing a state-wide, model charter school performance framework. The [...]

Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card 2017-08-14T18:11:55+00:00