The Dell Scholars program may serve as an important model for improving the college success of first-generation college-goers from low-income backgrounds. It provides support on multiple domains, and this support is yielding substantial impacts on scholars’ college success. Specifically, when we compare similar students, we find that those selected as scholars are nearly 25 percent more likely to earn their bachelor’s degrees four or six years after high school graduation.
More than dollars for scholars: The benefit of combining financial aid with counseling support
The Dell Scholars program may serve as an important model for improving the college success of first-generation college-goers from low-income backgrounds. It provides support on multiple domains, and this support is yielding substantial impacts on scholars’ college success. Specifically, when we compare similar students, we find that those selected as scholars are nearly 25 percent more likely to earn their bachelor’s degrees four or six years after high school graduation.
Western Oregon University’s College of Education (WOU) has an unofficial motto: Connecting teaching and learning. What does this really mean? It means we see student learning outcomes in preK-12 classrooms as evidence of great teaching (and great teachers.) It means that we put data—gathering it, assessing it and using it to drive ongoing improvement—at the heart of our teacher training.
Mark Girod, Western Oregon University: Data literacy in our DNA
Western Oregon University’s College of Education (WOU) has an unofficial motto: Connecting teaching and learning. What does this really mean? It means we see student learning outcomes in preK-12 classrooms as evidence of great teaching (and great teachers.) It means that we put data—gathering it, assessing it and using it to drive ongoing improvement—at the heart of our teacher training.
Today the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation published a series of case studies that highlight pioneer teacher preparation programs that are defining what it means for a teacher to be data-literate. In 2015, the foundation and WestEd went into the field to see what we could learn from a handful of teacher preparation programs that have adopted an explicit focus on data literacy skills and practices.
Training data-literate teachers: Insights from pioneer programs
Today the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation published a series of case studies that highlight pioneer teacher preparation programs that are defining what it means for a teacher to be data-literate. In 2015, the foundation and WestEd went into the field to see what we could learn from a handful of teacher preparation programs that have adopted an explicit focus on data literacy skills and practices.
Given the proper support, children and youth have a much better chance of achieving their goals and becoming successful adults. While the path is not always easy or straight, our partners are not afraid to take on the most difficult problems.  And LifeWorks is no different.
LifeWorks: Empowering Central Texas youth for success
Given the proper support, children and youth have a much better chance of achieving their goals and becoming successful adults. While the path is not always easy or straight, our partners are not afraid to take on the most difficult problems. And LifeWorks is no different.
My name is Reina Olivas, a Houston native, and I am a third-year journalism student at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). I am a 2013 Dell Scholar, as well as a Dell Scholar Ambassador. Through my experiences at college, I have learned firsthand what it means to be on both ends of the spectrum of giving and receiving support.
Reina Olivas: My experience as both mentor and mentee
My name is Reina Olivas, a Houston native, and I am a third-year journalism student at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). I am a 2013 Dell Scholar, as well as a Dell Scholar Ambassador. Through my experiences at college, I have learned firsthand what it means to be on both ends of the spectrum of giving and receiving support.
Data can be a tremendous asset to mobilizing school communities and unlocking the potential of teachers and learners. At Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB) real-time, ongoing assessment that informs educator practice, coupled with personalized learning, serve as the primary drivers of academic achievement.
Eric Tucker: How data matters for school leaders
Data can be a tremendous asset to mobilizing school communities and unlocking the potential of teachers and learners. At Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB) real-time, ongoing assessment that informs educator practice, coupled with personalized learning, serve as the primary drivers of academic achievement.
One of our organizational values at ReNEW Schools is innovation. To be an innovative network, autonomy in our schools must be a core belief. At ReNEW, school autonomy is focused in four primary areas: finance, human capital, instruction, and operations. The chart below illustrates our belief on autonomy within all schools.
Gary Robichaux: Anatomy of autonomy in school restart
One of our organizational values at ReNEW Schools is innovation. To be an innovative network, autonomy in our schools must be a core belief. At ReNEW, school autonomy is focused in four primary areas: finance, human capital, instruction, and operations. The chart below illustrates our belief on autonomy within all schools.
Restart operators, by definition, must be operated by a third party organization that has significant autonomy from the school district. That said, while the restart operator is distinct from the district, this is not to underplay the role of the district which is paramount to success.
Restart schools: The anatomy of autonomy
Restart operators, by definition, must be operated by a third party organization that has significant autonomy from the school district. That said, while the restart operator is distinct from the district, this is not to underplay the role of the district which is paramount to success.
If you’re the parent of a school-aged child today, you may have noticed that your child’s educational experience is really different from what you remember about your time in school.  And while it’s easy to explain this stark contrast with the Things-Were-Different-In-My-Day-Approach, there are a two big shifts happening in education that I think explain the different experiences more clearly, and lead to a revised perspective about the role that parents play in their child’s education.
Juan Pablo Parodi: Why student data (should) matter to parents
If you’re the parent of a school-aged child today, you may have noticed that your child’s educational experience is really different from what you remember about your time in school. And while it’s easy to explain this stark contrast with the Things-Were-Different-In-My-Day-Approach, there are a two big shifts happening in education that I think explain the different experiences more clearly, and lead to a revised perspective about the role that parents play in their child’s education.