Opportunity for Principal & Teacher Voice Re: School Culture Assessment (Elementary & Middle Schools)

Principals, teachers, and other educators, to participate in our online school culture validation study or if you have questions, please send an email to Christine Mason (cmason@edimprovement.org) with “Validation Study” in the title.  You will receive directions and a link to the online survey. Participating teachers who complete the validation study have an opportunity to[…]

ESSA, First Round Feedback

By Adriana Jarquin, CEI Intern As the transition period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes to an end, states are beginning to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by submitting their new education plans to the U.S. Department of Education. All states are required to submit new accountability plans to be peer reviewed[…]

We Are Lacking a Realistic New Vision for Education

By Christine Mason and Maud Schaafsma On Inauguration Day 2017, we pause for a moment to ask our colleagues about their hopes and dreams for schools. In 2017 and the years to come. Peter Senge, the brilliant systems thinker from MIT and author of Schools that Learn, observed: “Aspiration does not come easily in most[…]

Using 21st Century Practices- Results of CEI’s Survey of Principals and Other Leaders

By Christine Mason How frequently are 21st Century educational practices used in schools? Which of these practices are used most frequently? Sixty-nine early respondents answered questions to a brief, nine-question survey on 21st Century Learning that the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) emailed to principals and other educational leaders in May of 2016. The survey[…]

ESSA & NCLB – Some Comparisons

By Donald Kim, CEI Intern On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) bill into law.  ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which was passed in 2001. ESSA had bi-partisan support in congress like its predecessor.  The new law is now the most current reauthorization of the Elementary and[…]

Back to the States

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director We recommend you click on the links to listen as you read. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its companion, the Common Core, are fading away; soon to be only a memory. . . just a memory. A good or bad thing? Will we, a few years from now, be chanting[…]