Resource Library

Support for Building Better Schools and Educational Programs

Our growing body of resources include papers, toolkits, and school frameworks. K-12 educators and leaders can use these resources to drive change in their schools and expand opportunities for students.

NIC Playbook

At its core, continuous improvement is problem solving. It is a rigorous process predicated on the belief that every problem exists within a system. The NIC Playbook provides a practical overview of each step of the continuous improvement process with illustrative examples, descriptions, and tools.

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Bay Area Career Maps

K-12 students and recent grads can use Bay Area Career Maps to explore careers that align with their strengths, skills, and values. Developed in 2020, these maps outline the top 10 most in-demand careers in the San Francisco Bay Area and provide practical guidance for how to enter each field.

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COVID-19 Educator Toolkit

For those facing school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Virtual Resource Toolkit includes practitioner guides and best practices for accessibility, accommodations, and instruction in a virtual setting.

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Continuous Improvement for English Learners

This white paper, originally published for the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, contextualizes the incredible results of a multi-year effort to make dramatic gains for English Learners using an approach of targeted universalism and improvement science.

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Clearing the Path

Based on research with over 150 students and supplemented by conversations with experts, this paper outlines how schools can improve college access and persistence for students. This paper is important for anyone who supports middle and high school students in discovering their sense of purpose and counseling them towards the best-fit colleges and other postsecondary options.

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Science of Summit

This groundbreaking white paper shares Summit’s beliefs about young people, the promise of public education, and Summit’s principles for school design rooted in the science of learning. By combining core values, scientific learning insights, and cutting-edge research, Summit built a school experience that can be tailored to every community’s needs.

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Aligned School Model

The Aligned School Model Framework presents six steps for designing a school model that consistently and reliably predicts success for all students, when implemented effectively. Summit Public Schools used this framework to inform the design of its model — we hope it will be helpful for the greater education community.

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