The GSP Monthly Dispatch – December 2020

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Welcome to the December issue of The GSP Monthly Dispatch. This month, you can:

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Visit our event calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

JAN 12, 2021 @ 2 PM EST
New England Reimagining College Access Collaborative: Community of Practice

This exciting regional initiative is designed to explore how the use of K-12 performance assessments can provide better information about students’ preparedness for higher education. This session is facilitated by the Great Schools Partnership in collaboration with the Learning Policy Institute.


JAN 14, 2021 @ 3 PM EST
School in the Spotlight: BACS Students at the Center of Equity Focused Learning

In our fourth just-in-time session, we will feature teachers and students, highlighting student-centered, equity-focused learning experiences at Blackstone Academy Charter School (BACS) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Get insights and lessons learned from those already living this work.


JAN 27, 2021 @ 1 PM EST
Discover EEI: Fostering Student Engagement in Remote and Hybrid Learning

We invite you to join us for our next discovery session: the first of a two-part series to learn about the Elements of Effective Instruction (EEI), with a particular focus on remote and hybrid learning. In this workshop, educators will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues in learning and planning for their own context.


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Using Data to Improve Your School: How to Identify Your Focus Questions

Collecting and analyzing data is a critical part of being a reflective and evolving educator. But how do you identify the problem statement or focus question that might guide your data collection and analysis?

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It’s Time to Check Your Equity Pulse

A school’s educational equity statement should be more than just words. Educational equity should be at the heart of what all schools say and do. Taking your school’s equity pulse can help stakeholders reflect and honestly share their experiences while also identifying and prioritizing strategies for change.

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Data, Data Everywhere: Tools and Resources for Educators

Educating our youth through a pandemic is causing us to rethink almost everything we do in schools. How do we know what’s working? By collecting and analyzing data, of course. These free tools and resources can help.

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Creating Equitable Pathways to Ensure Civic Engagement and College and Career Readiness for All Students

When all students, but in particular our students who have been most underserved, are guaranteed to graduate with skills that transfer across disciplines, experiences and credentials that qualify them for employment in well-paying careers, and the ability to take in and critically examine the vast quantities of competing information available in today’s social and political environment, the American promises of social mobility, liberty, and self-actualization may be realized.

To achieve this, we must create equitable pathways for all students. Read the report to get role-specific strategies and resources to implement pathways in your context.

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Across New England, high school graduation rates have steadily increased over the last decade, increasing by eight percentage points from 80% in 2009 to 88% in 2019.College enrollment rates, too, have increased during this time period. Between 2009 and 2019, college enrollment in New England rose by five percentage points from 62% to 67%.

While these trends shows promise, consider the longer-term implications for college persistence and completion rates. Imagine a hypothetical class of ninth-graders: the data from the NESSC Common Data Project Annual Report suggests that for every ten students who enter 9th grade, nine will graduate high school and six will enroll in college. Among these students, just five will persist into a second year and only four students will earn a college credential (including two- and four-year degrees).

We urge you to consider exploring the data through inclusive conversations with colleagues, students, parents, and other members of your school community. One of many questions you might consider:

What steps could your school district take to become a place where all students are engaged and are able to successfully pursue and complete postsecondary options, including college?

Introducing Our (Free) Data Toolkit for School Communities

In addition to the report and the data-related writing from our dedicated correspondents, we are proud to announce the publication of our latest toolkit for school communities. Our data toolkit is designed to help educators, families, students, and other members of your school community gather, analyze, and understand data, which can be used to inform school improvement strategies working toward educational equity.


Thanks for reading! See you next month.

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Tuesday, April 27

Discovery Session—
Understanding Leads to Change: Exploring Racism in Ourselves, Our Schools, and Our Country

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