Race to the Top, Under the Radar
Florida is promoting Japanese "lesson study" teacher collaboration. Georgia is replicating one school district's promising method for training assistant principals and principals. And Maryland wants to create a separate certification for teachers in science- and math-related subjects in its elementary schools—where educators typically work as generalists, covering all subjects.
Those are just a few of the less-publicized projects included in winning states' Race to the Top plans, which I looked at in a story this week. While most of the attention paid to the $4 billion competition centers on big-ticket efforts in areas such as teacher pay and evaluation, charter schools, and standards, states are also using their awards (worth anywhere between $75 million and $700 milllion) to experiment in other ways.
What are some of the other, under-the-radar Race to the Top projects playing out in the states?