The GEAR UP Principals' Leadership Program supports excellent educational leadership in GEAR UP schools. A key feature of the program is to provide school leaders with customized, on-demand research briefs that address timely and relevant issues in public education - all in an easy-to-access format that can help principals make effective, research-based decisions.

How can teachers and principals develop and implement plans that increase parent and family engagement among all parent groups but especially among underserved populations?

What is a "flipped" classroom? How (and why) does it work?

What are formative assessments, how often should they be employed, and how do you develop them? How can the data from formative assessments be used?

What are the pros and cons of a four-day school week on student achievement and other factors?

Where should 7th and 8th grade students be located: as part of a K-8 program, a 7-12 school, or a separate middle grades campus?

What does the research say about the value of group work? How does a principal work with teachers to ensure that group work and activities contributes to student learning?

What is the importance of high expectations for students? How do educators encourage and motivate students with their expectations?

What are higher-order thinking activities for students and corresponding questioning strategies for teachers? How can a principal work with teachers to strengthen their skills in this area?

Do high school mentoring programs make a difference in student success? What are the components and characteristics of a successful mentoring program?

How does homework affect student learning? How much and what kind of homework is appropriate?

Are there optimal times of the day for teaching specific subjects? What are the optimal times?

What does the research say about the relationship between the length of a class and student achievement?

What are the mathematics programs for students with disabilities that show promise and provide ways for teachers to easily assess students?

How can principals assure a focus on professional growth and improved teaching while implementing a mandated evaluation system?

What does the research say about motivating struggling math students?

Multi-grade classrooms show no significant impact on student learning, but may result in increased postitive attitudes and a sense of community for students.

Does listening to music affect learning?

How do school leaders create, nurture, and sustain a professional learning community?

Parents are significant influencers on students' decisions to attend postsecondary education, therefore it is critical for schools to partner with parents to help change attitudes and behaviors.

Five strategies for high schools to employ to improve college readiness, and common roadblocks and remedies for students. Combines multiple research reports into one comprehensive document, specifically for Oregon GEAR UP schools.

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