SEDL Monthly
SEDL Insights Managing the Implementation of School Improvement Initiatives

For a school improvement initiative to succeed, education leaders must do more than adopt a new program and train staff. The newest issue of SEDL Insights explores steps that leaders can take to ensure the successful implementation of a new program or practice.

SEDL Insights on Managing the Implementation of School Improvement Efforts:

  1. Don’t just adopt a new program; implement it.
  2. Understand that change is personal.
  3. Define the change.
  4. Use data before, during, and after implementation.
  5. Commit for the long haul.
Disability Databases


New Disability Resources Databases

The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center announces two new databases: The Employment Research Database features articles addressing interventions that lead to successful employment outcomes. KTER partners at Virginia Commonwealth University created and operate this database. The Knowledge Translation (KT) Strategies Database associates KT strategies with research evidence. KTER and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) jointly operate this database. Entries include articles published in 2000 or later, with links to full text when available. Both databases are regularly updated with new research as it becomes available.

Teachers at Meeting

Teacher Preparation Programs: Research and Promising Practices

Most experts agree that major changes are needed in teacher preparation programs in the United States; however, there is little scientifically based evidence regarding what kind of program produces effective teachers. This briefing paper from the Texas Comprehensive Center reviews the research on teacher preparation programs. It examines available evidence that links practice to outcomes and provides an inventory of promising practices.

Professional Development


The Center for High-Performing Schools at SEDL is offering a 5-part webinar series, Implementing School Improvement Initiatives: A Closer Look, to help education leaders manage school improvement efforts. During the webinar, you will learn to use the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM). This framework gives leaders the tools and techniques to gauge staff concerns and program use in order to provide each person with the necessary supports to ensure success. If you would like to learn to use CBAM to manage school improvement efforts, register for the webinar series. The series begins on October 2.

Winston-Salem Journal


SEDL's research synthesis, A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, was cited in an article about parent engagement in the Winston-Salem Journal. The article describes the No Parent Left Behind conference that was hosted by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth Council for Youth and cites the SEDL resource to emphasize the importance of parental involvement.

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We have an opening for a Web applications specialist at our headquarters in Austin, Texas. Visit our website to learn more.

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