Toronto District School Board

School Effectiveness and School Improvement


ACADEMIC OPTIMISM: This sheet covers the most current research including definitions leading to TDSB definitions on Academic Optimism. Readers can refer to the bibliography/references for further readings if required/interested. Click here for the fact sheet (2016).


RESEARCH SERIES ON SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING AND KEY STEPS: This report captures: What are the suggested areas of focus in School Improvement Planning? (Culture, Data);  How do we set goals? (Internal, Coherence, Acknowledgement); How do we monitor? (Systems, Audit, Coaching, Action Learning); An Introduction to School Improvement Planning; and Key Steps for School Improvement Planning (Step 1: Data Collection; Step 2: Data Analysis – Review, Qualitative Data, Quantitative Data, Mixed Methods; Step 3: Reflect; and Step 4: Action). Click here for the full report (2016).  


RESEARCH SERIES ON SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: CREATING ACHIEVEMENT GOALS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF DEEP LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY: In this research series on School Effectiveness and School Improvement we are focusing on informing school improvement practices on “creating achievement goals with an understanding of deep learning and technology”. Click here for the research paper (2016).   


RESEARCH SERIES ON SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: GOAL SETTING: This report reviews the current trends in goal setting in School Improvement in a brief but comprehensive way including the equity lens: Goal Setting in School Improvement; Goal Setting Theory; Equity; Beliefs and Values; Goal Setting Models; and Goal Setting Tools. Click here for the full report (2016).


RESEARCH SERIES ON SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL TRENDS IN SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTThis report covers the following topics in School Effectiveness and School Effectiveness Research: Edification in Education: Best Practices, Effectiveness & Improvement; International Trends in Educational Effectiveness Research; School Improvement and School Effectiveness Models; Contextual Understanding of the Ontario School Effectiveness Framework; and Conclusion and Recommendations. Click here for the full report (2016).


SHARED LEADERSHIP: This fact sheet covers the most current research, including definitions leading to TDSB definitions on Shared leadership. Readers can refer to the bibliography/references for further readings if required/interested. Click here for the fact sheet (2016).

TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS RESEARCH SERIES I: Effective Instructional Strategies: Mathematical skills and confidence are essential for students. Given the importance of mathematical skills and confidence, this study focuses on research-based instructional strategies that can provide guidance for effective classroom practices for supporting student development in mathematics. Readers are encouraged to read the full report for details on effective instructional strategies. Summary and recommendations are provided at the end of this report. Click here for the full report (2016).


TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS RESEARCH SERIES II: Effective Intervention Strategies: This brief will go hand-in-hand with the Teaching and Learning Mathematics Research Series l: Effective Instructional Strategies to present evidence-based mathematics interventions to help address the challenge of students struggling in mathematics. The interventions outlined are based on meta-analyses, best-evidence synthesis, education reviews, and research briefs from national centres of education in the United States, Australia, European Union, and United Kingdom. There are many intervention strategies discussed in this brief, but with all the interventions there should be a shared commitment to the intervention program for it to be successful. Click here for the brief (2016).




 


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