Select Publications and Tools

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Managing for Change: Achieving Systemic Reform Through the Effective Implementation of Networks for School Improvement

November 2020

We are pleased to share the results of our 2-year formative evaluation of the Networks for School Improvement (NSI), an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We found that NSIs have great potential to improve academic and college access outcomes for marginalized students. Two NSIs in our study exemplify the motivational and management structures needed to realize that promise.

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A Family Guide to Distance Learning

September 2020

Distance learning presents a challenge for many families. We are proud to provide families with some much needed resources to make distance learning more manageable. Check out these publicly available resources in English and Spanish

You can also access these resources as Google Slides in English and Spanish.

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Actualizing Connecticut Classrooms for Continuous Learning

July 2020

CPRL, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and its educational partners, developed guidance to support districts in creating equitable, high-quality, and culturally responsive and sustaining remote learning available to all children, no matter what their home situation and their education and language needs. In response to the possibility that public health data may require remote learning for the 2020-21 school year, this resource draws directly on the state’s fall guidance as well as comprehensive research into best practices of how districts and schools met the challenges and opportunities posed by the spring 2020 transition to remote learning. Follow the link to see the complete set of resources.


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Mitigating the Impact of School Mobility: An Effective Practices Model and Guide for Educators

November 2019

The models and tools included in this guide are designed primarily for adaptation and use by school- and district-level personnel responsible for supporting highly mobile student populations. The guide will also be helpful to state department of education personnel seeking to devise state-level supports for mobile students and to assist districts and schools in designing and implementing their supports.

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Newark Enrolls: A Principled Approach to Public School Choice

April 2018

CPRL and MarGrady Research released this report which examines the school enrollment system in Newark, New Jersey and determines that Newark’s centralized enrollment system has improved access and equity for high-needs students. Newark Public Schools (NPS) developed a universal enrollment system, Newark Enrolls, that went into effect during the 2014-15 school year. This report assesses the impact of Newark Enrolls, highlights strengths in the implementation of Newark Enrolls, and identifies opportunities for continued improvement.

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The Challenges of Supporting Highly Mobile, Military-Connected Children in School Transitions

October 2017

CPRL released this report which examines the current environment of school transitions and military-connected children. The report describes the challenges students and families face, shares promising practices, and identifies potential solutions. CPRL produced this report at the request of the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC) and with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Re-envisioning Professional Education

March 2017

CPRL hosted two dozen U.S. and Canadian leaders of innovative university-based graduate programs in multiple disciplines and allied professional organizations at the Accelerating Multidimensional Learning in Professional Education Convening at Columbia University. In preparation for the convening, CPRL staff prepared this paper to provoke discussion about the state of professional education, the need for reform, and the promises and challenges of implementing the dramatic changes needed to prepare professionals for the 21st workplace.

Other Media and Tools

Strategic Teaming: Working Together Better

Learning Forward invited CPRL Executive Director Liz Chu and Evolutionary Learning Fellow Michael Arrington to discuss the tools school leaders and teachers need to effectively collaborate in distance learning environments. In their article, Liz and Mike describe strategic teaming resources, which were created in partnership with districts, schools, and education nonprofits. These teaming resources help school leaders and staff remain responsive to students' academic and social-emotional learning even when teaching in remote or hybrid settings.

Here’s How To Do Remote Learning

CPRL Executive Director Liz Chu and Shannon Marimón, the Executive Director of ReadyCT, offer advice on distance learning. Liz and a CPRL team partnered with Shannon and other leaders in Connecticut to learn about what went well in Spring 2020 with distance learning and what could go better. They shared these thoughts in an op-ed published in The New York Daily News.

Distance Learning Resources for States and School Districts

With so many unknowns about the coming school year, we are pleased to offer guidance for creating district- and school-wide remote learning plans. This guidance, which is the result of collaboration between us, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and leaders and educators from across the state, is designed to help districts create remote learning plans that attend to the needs of all students.

The Ruling that Got Race All Wrong

As part of our commitment to advancing racial equity, we also renewed our commitment to use the law as a meaningful lever for pursuing equity. We summarized some of those ideas in this op-ed published in The New York Daily News.

Straight Up Conversation: Liz Chu on Research and Leadership

Check out the conversation between Rick Hess and CPRL's Executive Director, Liz Chu, published on Hess's Ed Week Straight Up blog.

Improvement as a Series of Learning Opportunities

Read a blog written by CPRL's Deputy Director of Quality and Improvement, Kimberly Austin, explaining our improvement methodology and approach.