Barr Foundation Knowledge Center

This collection includes publications and resources from our partners and in our program areas, both current and legacy. These resources are completely free to access and download. Most of these works were funded by the Barr Foundation. We may occasionally feature items relevant to our program areas which were not funded by Barr. Please be aware that views expressed are not necessarily those of the Barr Foundation. We encourage you to search our collection and suggest potential content to include (use "Suggest an Addition"). For questions or assistance, please contact feedback@barrfoundation.org.
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MIRRORS FOR LATINX STUDENTS: Attracting and Retaining Latinx Teachers in Massachusetts

January 30, 2020

From national test scores to graduation rates, we have reason to be proud of the progress we have made over the past decade.1 During that same time, it has become clear that Latinos have played, and will continue to play, a larger role in the Commonwealth's future. Latinos are expected to comprise 15 percent of the population of Massachusetts by 2035 – growth fueled primarily by in-state births rather than immigration.2 It is critical, then, that Massachusetts' workforce, at every level, reflect our population. This work begins now, in the classroom. Investing in a strong education system that meets the needs of Latinos and other students of color, as well as students from low-income backgrounds, is an investment in the workforce of the future.

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Lovelyn Marques-Prueher: An agent of change, both in and out of the classroom

November 1, 2019

An article published by Education First on the importance of teacher leadership.

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Rachel Estariz: Leading through professional learning

November 1, 2019

An article published by Education First on the importance of teach leadership.

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Casey Jackson: Returning to the classroom to lead

November 1, 2019

An article published by Education First on the importance of teacher leadersip.

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Tennessee Department of Education: Making Teacher Leadership a statewide priority

November 1, 2019

As teacher leaders have expanded their impact in schools and districts around the country, the role that the state education agency could play in supporting and elevating their work has continued to evolve. Tennessee is one example of a state that made teacher leadership a priority, resulting in lessons learned, and systems and tools to support the growth and expansion of leadership efforts statewide.

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Eric Hale & Keisha Rembert: Leveraging practice to lead policy

November 1, 2019

An article published by Education First on the importance of teacher leadership.

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If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover

September 2, 2019

This report was written to examine the problems teachers of color face as they navigate the profession and to explore the experiences of staff in schools that intentionally attempt to retain faculty of color. There were two modes of inquiry utilized to collect data. First, teachers of color participated in focus groups and answered questions about their experiences in the workforce and what schools, districts, and states could do to keep them in the field. Second, researchers conducted case studies in schools and districts that were selected for their intentionality around retaining teachers of color.In this report, the voices of teachers and school leaders highlight the problems teachers of color face in the workplace, affirming previous Ed Trust research.10 These voices, however, also highlight district- and school-level practices that have proven effective in addressing those problems and helping to retain teachers of color.

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Strengthening School Leadership in Massachusetts

June 10, 2019

In 2017, fifty-six percent of the principals hired statewide were new to the job, with high-poverty schools most likely to hire novice principals. During 2018 and 2019, a working group of district and charter school leaders and other education stakeholders from across the state met to explore ways to increase the effectiveness of principals leading Massachusetts schools. The Barr Foundation engaged Attuned Education Partners to facilitate this group and lead implementation of the learning agendas developed by its members. Together, they prioritized key challenges and identified solutions that research suggests are most likely to strengthen principalship and drive better outcomes for students—especially the students of color and English learners that the state is currently serving least well. This report presents their findings and insights—including recommended actions tailored to state policymakers, school system leaders, principal preparation program providers, and funders. It also offers a collection of case studies demonstrating potential solutions in action.

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Strengthening School Leadership in Massachusetts Executive Summary

June 10, 2019

During 2018 and 2019, a working group of district and charter school leaders and other education stakeholders from urban and rural locations across the state met to explore ways to increase the effectiveness of principals leading Massachusetts schools. The Barr Foundation engaged Attuned Education Partners to facilitate this group and lead implementation of the learning agendas developed by its members. Together, they prioritized key challenges and identified solutions that research suggests are most likely to strengthen principalship and drive better outcomes for students—especially the students of color and English learners that the state is currently serving least well. This summary highlights their findings and insights. See the full report for more on the challenges and solutions—plus case studies and recommended action steps for state policymakers, school system leaders, principal preparation program providers, and funders.

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