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The Missing Link in School Reform

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social capital, school reform, collaboration, S17TLCE3
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  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.
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This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review discusses the importance of "social capital" in schools. The author demonstrates how research supports a move away from the current model of rewarding individual teacher expertise, bringing in outsiders, and using the principal to monitor instructional practice. The research, she points out, supports increasing social capital in schools in order to increase student achievement.

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Leana, C. R. (2011). The Missing Link in School Reform. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Retrieved from