Building Achievement Through Choice: An Online Toolkit
This interactive presentation with Kristin Mitchell, Director of Edvance Research, will introduce an online toolkit, www.buildingchoice.org, designed to help districts implement and expand their school choice offerings. The Web site draws upon practices of districts that are on the leading edge of expanding family education options. These districts were also featured in the Innovations in Education Book Series developed by WestEd and published by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.
Kristin Mitchell (Primary)
Edvance Research, Inc.
The Innovation in Education series includes:
These guides feature a variety of districts or in the case of charter schools, individual schools that serve as examples for other schools and districts across the country. The online toolkit itself is a dynamic resource that will further help district leaders learn from others.
This presentation will lead participants through the site and introduce:
Arnold manages collaborative learning and emerging practice research projects at Edvance. She helped WestEd produce the Innovation Guides book series for the U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Innovation and Improvement as well as collaborative benchmarking studies on procuring statewide assessments and teacher education and preparation. Arnold also collaborated with WestEd to develop www.buildingchoice.org, the online toolkit featured in this event, highlighting district practices in implementing public school choice programs.
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