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Marshall Memo The Marshall Memo, published since 2003, is designed to keep principals, teachers, superintendents, and others very well-informed on current research and best practices in the field. Kim Marshall, drawing on his experience as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their "designated reader." Kim distills his readings about education 47 weeks a year. My personal, single best source of "staying on top."
Free Technology for Teachers

Great blog identifying free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology written by Richard Byrne. Includes free e-books for teachers, tutorials, and links to additional resources. (12-11)

Doing What Works Materials developed by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Science, the site presents information that evaluates research on the effectiveness of educational practices.
Transforming High School Teaching and Learning: A District-wide Design From the Aspen Institute, this publication provides new insights on how to substantially improve high school teaching and learning across an urban school district. Drawing on the expertise of teachers, principals, superintendents, policy makers and researchers, the new Aspen Institute Program on Education and Society report offers both an analytic framework and concrete suggestions for a new approach to high school improvement. Great read even with a 2006 publication date.
GreatSchools.org
GreatSchools.net is another source of school information on elementary, middle, and high schools. This nonprofit organization, provides information about public, private and charter schools in all 50 states and detailed school profiles for California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Washington. Principals, parents, and students (and I suppose others)  can write about their schools, adding to the demographic and outcome data provided. Anyone can write anything they wish within the bounds of clean language. However, it's interesting to find out what others are saying. There are a number of other sites like this one - interesting but unreliable, unfiltered information.
 
A Lexicon of Learning Education, like all professions, has a specialized vocabulary that parents and others may have a difficult time understanding. ASCD's online glossary provides clear definitions of educational terms in everyday language.
SchoolMatters SchoolMatters provides rich information and powerful search and comparison tools to help uncover the stories behind the numbers, and further the discussion about how to improve student performance. This new public-private partnership posts test scores, school spending, student demographics, and other relevant data. The site features research tools that allow users to compare achievement across districts, track districts’ and individual schools’ progress in reaching student-achievement goals under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and find schools and districts that may be outperforming others. Some educators are questioning whether the Web site provides a fair way to compare schools. Part of Council of Chief State School Officers.
 
Public School Review Public School Review lets you find free, detailed profiles of public schools and their surrounding communities.
  
KIDS COUNT
State-Level Data Online
State-Level Data Online, launched in July 2005 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, contains more than 75 measures of child well-being, including the 10 measures used in our annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. It includes the most timely data available on Education, Employment and Income, Poverty, Health, Basic Demographics, and Youth Risk Factors for the U.S., all 50 states, and D.C. Depending on availability, three to five years of trend data is currently available for most indicators.

This easy-to-use, powerful online database allows you to generate custom reports for a geographic area (Profiles) or to compare geographic areas on a topic (Ranking, Maps, and Line Graphs).
 

edweek.org Brief but thorough, research-based background essays on important education issues in America today. Each page includes links to research citations, to definitions of related education terms, and to relevant stories from the Education Week and Teacher Magazine archives. You'll also find links to pertinent reports, Web sites, and organizations. Free registration required.  
 
U.S. Department of Education
In particular, high schools should review the information for high schools. The Smaller Learning Communities Program is a $125 million competitive federal grant program to plan, implement or expand smaller learning communities in large high schools. The goal is no more than 600 students in a learning community. Beyond the grant, there are links to research data on the viability of smaller learning communities in large high schools.
 
District Administration Keeping up with the Web gets harder every year. District Administration is a magazine of education leadership for district-level decision makers in K-12 education.
 

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