You know NSBA’s Center for Public Education exists. But do you know how useful its products and research can be?
A March 30 webinar on using the Center for Public Education gave these five practical, time-saving tips on how you can use the Center to help your everyday work:
- Search the Center for answers to your members’ questions. “I have referred a number of local board members to visit Making Time: What Research Says About Reorganizing School Schedules,'” says Sue Francis, the executive director of the Delaware School Boards Association. “This is an issue that comes before our boards whenever there is consideration of real schedule changes. This website has been very helpful for our members to use prior to going into a discussion.”
- Use the Center’s materials in making your points they’re made to be distributed. For instance, NSBA’s advocacy staff used the Center’s “Better Late Than Never” report to promote the benefits of supporting late graduates. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, even referred to the report in legislation he sponsored on graduation rates.
- Read the Center’s blog, the Edifier, for a quick take on test results. When a major education report (such as NAEP, SAT or ACT) is released, senior policy analyst Jim Hull posts a quick, easy-to-understand summary of the report’s major findings that same day.
- Reprint articles and success stories from the Center. All Center material is available and can be reprinted for free if the Center is properly attributed. To start, take a look at the Center’s “success stories” short, engaging, “good news” stories about school boards. There is at least one from 31 states, and the Center is working to get all 50 states represented.
- Use our resource collections to support your work. The Center has extensive collections of resources advocating for school boards, teaching data use, and supporting pre-kindergarten. All are featured through icons on our home page.
If you’d like to get a quick, fifteen-minute tutorial on exactly where to look to access these resources, stay tuned for the next webinar. In the meantime, here are the top 10 suggestions from the Center for Public Education’s staff:
- Charter schools: finding out the facts
- What research says about the value of homework
- Better late than never (late graduates)
- Pay for performance: promise or peril?
- From beginning to stellar: Five tips on developing skillful readers
- What research says about English language learners
- Class size and student achievement
- Time out: is recess in danger?
- Is it really harder to get into college?
- Defining a 21st century education
-Rebecca St. Andrie, Manager, Center for Public Education