Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting America’s most proven and promising educational professionals through a series of fellowship programs designed to foster collaboration and elevate strategies for accelerating student achievement.
OUTSTANDING LEADERS AT EVERY LEVEL CATALYZE SUCCESS IN EDUCATION
America’s proven and most promising educational leaders—teachers, principals, superintendents — are essential to driving improvements and success in education. But these professionals often lack the adequate tools and resources to develop and share their work.
To fill this void, Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with America Achieves to establish a series of fellowship programs for educational leaders at all levels to convene, collaborate, and share best practices for advancing student achievement.
CREATING A NETWORK OF SUPPORT FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS WILL PROVIDE BETTER RESULTS FOR STUDENTS
These educational programs bring together the most effective and promising teachers, principals, and superintendents from around the country, and provide them with opportunities to share their expertise with leaders and policymakers and learn from one another.
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partner, America Achieves, worked with our teacher fellows to launch a new website showcasing some of America’s best teachers doing what they do best: teaching. This free online resource allows fellows to assist other educators through a series of “how to” videos on exemplary and successful teaching methods. This website is geared toward helping teachers make the dramatic shift to the new “Common Core” State Standards, which have been adopted in 46 states. The Common Core Standards are a set of educational standards designed to ensure that students at every grade level receive a quality education that adequately prepares them for college and their careers.
PROVIDING SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES WITH INFORMATION THEY CAN USE TO IMPLEMENT CHANGE
Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners helped fund and launch a pilot program for 100 U.S. high schools to compare their performance to that of other nations. The pilot program has developed and administered a test that enables individual schools to benchmark their results against the global standardized Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which assesses the competencies and skills of 15-year-old students from various countries around the world. Following the pilot, the assessment was made available to every high school in the U.S., and the network of participating schools has grown to hundreds of schools, including participating schools in Spain and the UK and interest in participation from other countries as well.
With this assessment, for the first time ever, individual U.S. schools will be able to understand their performance in direct relation to that of schools in other countries. The results of this comparison will serve as a catalyst for improvement — and for learning from successes both here in the U.S. and globally. To facilitate ongoing learning and sharing of best practices and ideas throughout the school year, America Achieves has launched a Global Learning Network for participating schools to learn how to communicate about the value of the assessment, better understand best practices from around the globe, and learn how to dissect their reports and translate results into improved practice.
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