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Topics / College-Ready Education (U.S.)

The foundation has set an ambitious goal in K-12 education: to graduate all students college-ready. Currently, only a third of students graduate on-time with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed beyond high school. Together with our partners, we are working to provide all students—especially low-income and minority students—with the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

5 Quotes That Show How Literacy Design Collaborative Tools Transform Teaching & Learning

As LDC goes viral, the tools are transforming how students learn and how teachers approach their practice. Here’s what five teachers told the Southern Regional Education Board about what their teaching was like before and after they started using LDC tools in their classrooms.

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Literacy Leaders Can Be Found in All Subjects

One advantage of the Common Core State Standards is that they give all teachers—not just English teachers—the opportunity to become literacy leaders in their schools.

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Tool-Hungry Teachers Swim With Developers in Shark Tanks

It makes sense that developers of education technology products should seek the perspectives of teachers, just as they pitch their products to investors. This is the idea behind a recent series of virtual “shark tanks,” inspired by the ABC TV series and organized by the education technology-focused website EdSurge.

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The Power of Time: How Teachers in Fresno Are Owning Their Professional Learning

As one of 14 districts and charter management organizations participating in the Innovative Professional Development (iPD) Challenge, California’s Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) has taken major steps to increase time for teacher collaboration and, ultimately, deeper teacher-student connections.

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Why “Many Mini” Observations Are Catching On Among Teachers

Teachers know that timely, frequent feedback can boost students’ learning.In response to consistent feedback, Aspire piloted a new evaluation option—the “Many Mini Model”—during the 2014-15 school year.

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