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  • Publication
    Bill Durbin
    Sherri Geng
    Jeff Schulz

    With school opening just weeks away in many parts of the country, leaders need a detailed level of support — and a plan — to start the school year in the midst of a global pandemic.

    Our complementary new resource, “Completing Your 2020-2021 Reopening Plan: A Practical Workbook for School Leaders,” includes all of the components of a reopening plan, offers questions school leaders should address, and links to concrete resources and examples of completed plans as guides.

    We hope this new workbook provides helpful structure to an incredibly complex challenge and helps school leaders make more progress, faster.

    Download the tool here to access templates to use or modify.

  • Publication
    Lina Bankert
    Jeff Schulz
    Rochelle Dalton
    Alison Fuller
    Liz McNamee

    Postsecondary education dramatically increases the likelihood of employment and economic success. But many young people, especially those furthest from opportunity and from underserved communities, are not accessing postsecondary pathways or realizing the benefits that come with a degree. To disrupt this inequity, we must better support students to identify, pursue, and complete college.

  • Media
    Jeff Schulz

    Job loss and funding cuts may hurt low-income students' chances of entering 4-year colleges, but Jeff Schulz's research shows that many nonprofits are providing vital college advising to these high school students. 

  • Publication
    Kelly Robson
    Phillip Burgoyne-Allen
    Juliet Squire
    Jeff Schulz

    "Wide-Open Spaces: Schooling in Rural America Today” provides education policymakers with a factbase on America’s rural schools and communities: the economic and academic challenges they face, their unique assets, and opportunities for improvement.

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  • Publication
    Jeff Schulz
    Gunjan Sud
    Becky Crowe

    There is a growing belief that students can provide valuable feedback on a teacher’s performance in the classroom. Student perception surveys are increasingly seen as a low-cost and reliable tool for gathering data and feedback on the quality of teaching in individual classrooms. However, incorporating student surveys into formal, high-stakes teacher evaluation and development systems has its challenges. In this paper, Jeff Schulz, Gunjan Sud, and Becky Crowe highlight the experience of states, districts, charter management organizations, and teacher preparation programs that are “early adopters” of student perception surveys.