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The Successful Practices Network was created to be a living lab for schools to exchange research, ideas, best practices, and professional development resources. SPN Research has two primary missions: 1) to disseminate the most useful education research available that is consistent with the organizing pedagogy of Rigor and Relevance for ALL students to SPN members 2) to engage in research with a variety of partner schools, organizations, and foundations in effective instructional and leadership practices that can be replicated and implemented on a larger scale. SPN has recently partnered with two Texas education leaders to better understand the effective and efficient practices that are possible with an aligned near real time data system. SPN Research also partnered with CCSSO, the International Center for Leadership in Education, and the Quaglia Institute on a five-year study of model schools and promising schools that sought to improve the rigor, relevance and relationships in their schools. SPN research is informed by the data generated by the WE Surveys. This analysis guides development of new initiatives and resources for members. SPN members access a deep collection of research articles and links through a searchable database that is organized by school level, topic, and keywords. Members can download as much of this research as they want as part of their membership.



  • A wide range of research sources are sifted and organized for members around topics of interest to SPN members
  • Research is selected for its practical application and usefulness to school practitioners
  • Research is connected to other resources accessible on the website through a common “Topic” database
  • Members can rate and identify research that is helpful. SPN monitors access rates to better understand which research members seek out and use.
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24 August, 201024 August, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
In this article, the author address two “simple” topics to give you an idea
of the advanced content knowledge that is needed to teach math effectively at the elementary level.
Public Resource 29 November, 201029 November, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
This document is the executive summary of the larger report on innovative online learning pathways for students. Explorations into next generation learning are sweeping across the country. Technological advancements are opening up new educational opportunities that emphasize personalized, student-centered, performance-based, anytime, anywhere educational opportunities. This paper explores competency-based pathways, a necessary condition to realizing the potential of next generation learning....Read more
Public Resource 11 April, 201111 April, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Looking back at the major technological inventions and breakthroughs that have occurred within the last 15 years, we might wonder whether the pace can be maintained for the next 15. Rest assured, the answer is “Yes, to the nth degree.” In 1990, who could have imagined — other than those in research and development—the impact that the Internet, e-mail, cell-phones, PDAs, and laptops would have on the way people conduct their personal and professional lives.

Technology keeps changing...Read more
Public Resource 29 March, 201129 March, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Whenever I meet with education leaders lately, the impact of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act on school change frequently comes up. Whether you are directly involved in
the chase for competitive federal grants from the stimulus fund or not, the impact of these
initiatives will be felt by everyone in education.

First, allow me to observe that the issues facing K-12 education today are not new. They are an
extension of issues first raised in 1983 in the government report, A Nat...Read more
Public Resource 1 April, 20111 April, 2011
Folder: White Papers
The federal government’s landmark and bi-partisan 2001 legislative renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, No Child Left Behind, will have a profound impact on every school district, school building, and classroom in the country. While the actual legislation is some 1,400
27 October, 201127 October, 2011
Folder: College Readiness
Representatives from the Common Core write this paper to highlight the challenges American education faces. They postulate that the nations that consistently outrank us on math and science examinations do not owe their success to concentrating solely or even mostly on those subjects. Nor are they focusing relentlessly on skill subjects like reading and math, as we do, shorn of any connection to history, science, or literature. That is what the researchers who compiled this report have learned...Read more

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