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2010

November 4, 2010
REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates Launches the Midwest Education Atlas
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest at Learning Point Associates has launched the Midwest Education Atlas, an online repository of geographic data displays that map out the most recent data on high school dropout rates and give educators a new view toward prevention. Maps for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are included.

October 7, 2010
Learning Point Associates and Partners Awarded Contract to Launch Online “Communities of Practice"
Learning Point Associates, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research (AIR), and its partners have been awarded a $3.8 million contract by the U.S. Department of Education to create online communities of practice that will engage a broad range of audiences, including teachers and administrators, to use innovative technologies to transform and personalize teaching and learning.

September 22, 2010
Turning the Corner on School Improvement Grants: What's on the Horizon?
A panel of experts, including an official of the Michigan Department of Education and the principal of a Hampton, Virginia, school, will discuss the challenges of turning around chronically low-performing schools and the new requirements of the federal School Improvement Grants during a Capitol Hill forum on Friday, September 24, 2010.

September 21, 2010
Unprecedented Meta-Analysis of Children's Book Lending and Ownership Programs Reveals Positive Effects
What impact, if any, does access to print materials have on our children's reading? In an unprecedented, exhaustive search of 11,000 reports and analysis of 108 of the most relevant studies, children's book lending and ownership programs were shown to have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes. The study, Children's Access to Print Materials and Education-Related Outcomes Adobe PDF Icon , was commissioned by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States, and conducted by Learning Point Associates.

September 10, 2010
Midwestern States Pass Significant Legislation on Teacher Evaluation But Most Lack Cohesive System for Building School Leaders Adobe PDF Icon
A recent analysis of seven Midwestern states from Learning Point Associates, Managing Educator Talent: Promising Practices and Lessons From Midwestern States, found that states passed significant legislation within the last year focusing largely on teacher preparation, licensure, and evaluation. However, despite the recent legislative activity, most of the states do not have a cohesive, intentional system for developing, recruiting, and retaining effective teachers and leaders. The analysis profiles Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

August 10, 2010
Learning Point Associates and the American Institutes for Research Chosen to Evaluate Four Winning i3 Grants Adobe PDF Icon
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Learning Point Associates were selected by four of the highest rated Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant applicants to evaluate the efficacy of their programs in improving student achievement and increasing teacher effectiveness. The eMINTS Validation Project, the Teacher Effectiveness and Certification Initiative (TEACh Initiative), the Educator Evaluation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Consortium, and the Children’s Literacy Initiative will reach more than 500,000 students and 10,000 teachers in rural and urban schools throughout the next five years.

July 27, 2010
American Institutes for Research to Merge with Learning Point Associates Adobe PDF Icon
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to education research, evaluation, and technical assistance, the American Institutes for Research today announced that it will merge with Learning Point Associates, effective August 1, 2010. The union of two of the leading and most influential education research companies in the nation provides a seamless organization of federal, state, and local education knowledge and know how.

May 26, 2010
Position Your School or District for Continuous Improvement in the 21st Century! Adobe PDF Icon
The School Leadership Triangle: From Compliance to Innovation is a new book by Paul L. Kimmelman, Ed.D., senior advisor at Learning Point Associates. In this book, Dr. Kimmelman provides a three-point framework for creating the conditions that improve schools and districts: federal policy compliance, effective leadership, and innovation. The School Leadership Triangle provides leadership teams with a solid foundation for discussing key issues that can lead to substantive improvements in schools and districts while addressing the challenges of federal laws.

May 19, 2010
Learning Point Associates' Jessica Johnson Presents Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor Adobe PDF Icon
Jessica Johnson, chief program officer for district and school improvement at Learning Point Associates, presented testimony on "Research and Best Practices on Successful School Turnaround" before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor.

May 13, 2010
Right Conversations, Right Tools, Right on Time: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality Hosts Forum on Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Adobe PDF Icon
Accurately measuring a teacher's effectiveness is a complex and difficult task—and a grade-A critical issue for our nation's states and districts—especially those competing for Race to the Top funds. On Monday and Tuesday, 140 state and regional policymakers from 38 states rolled up their sleeves for a two-day forum, "Enhancing Teacher Evaluation: A Critical Lever for Improving Teaching and Learning," hosted by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center)—a partnership with Learning Point Associates, ETS, and Vanderbilt University. To ensure that the teacher's perspective was included, most states were joined by a teachers union representative. It was standing room only.

April 2, 2010
National Charter School Resource Center Enhances WebsiteAdobe PDF Icon
The National Charter School Resource Center (Charter School Center) announces its enhanced website, which supports the Charter School Center's mission as a national clearinghouse for the best available resources and guidance to support high-quality charter schools. The website delivers important news, research, resources, and information about upcoming events and training opportunities. New features include links to current federal program and grant information as well as a highlighted charter school.

January 26, 2010
New Analysis Suggests Teachers’ Voices Do Not Have a Strong Influence on the Policy AgendaAdobe PDF Icon
The third release of data from the Retaining Teacher Talent study, Convergence and Contradictions in Teachers’ Perceptions of Policy Reform Ideas, seeks to draw teachers into the debate to bring nuance and experience to the conversation. The Learning Point Associates and Public Agenda report describes the implications of the results of the nationwide survey for policymakers and teachers who want to influence policy.

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