From the U.S. Department of Education (ED), “Innovative Pathways to School Leadership,” which provides examples of successful strategies to prepare candidates for school leadership, is the latest–and last–in a six-booklet series promoting best practices in schools. Published by ED’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, these free online resources detail how school systems across the country are working to implement the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Previously released titles include “Creating Strong District School Choice Programs,” a compilation of real-life “lessons learned” in implementing NCLB’s school-choice provisions; “Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Services Programs,” a profile of how five school districts provided low-income children with free tutoring and academic assistance; “Successful Charter Schools,” which highlights the successes of eight charter schools nationwide; “Creating Successful Magnet Schools Programs,” which includes a guide for starting a magnet program and suggests how to improve existing programs and evaluate their progress; and “Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification,” which looks at six programs that prepare people who already have content knowledge, such as mid-career professionals, retired military personnel, and other college graduates, to teach.

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