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    Addressing Bullying and Harassment Matters

    1/1/11 - Gonzales, JoEtta & Hamilton, Kori, The Equity Alliance at ASU

    Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights. Many organizations have put forth information regarding bullying and harassment as it relates to the LGBTQ community of youth in our schools, yet the harassment of all other marginalized groups deserves attention as well. This is a pervasive issue that requires collective and immediate action by educators, and a culturally responsive approach is necessary to tackle the problem head-on. This...

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    Addressing Discrimination in School Matters

    1/9/09 - Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "Every student has the right to an education free from discrimination that provides high-quality, equitable opportunities to learn. Unfortunately, sometimes individuals or systems may act in ways that violate this right. Discrimination occurs when people are treated unequally or less favorably than others because of some real or perceived characteristic. In every community and every school, discrimination exists in both intended and unintended ways. It may take the form of direct, overt...

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    Language (Policy) Matters!

    1/1/11 - Kozleski, Elizabeth B.; Mulligan, Elaine M.; Hernandez-Saca. David I., Equity Alliance at ASU, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Public education has a vital role in ensuring that this and subsequent generations are successful in a global, multilingual economy. In this What Matters brief, we examine how teachers, students, parents, and communities in our nation's schools can create rich opportunities for students to learn. Language (Policy) Matters! includes information and resources about: * School policies and practices that support language access * Research on best practices for students who are English...

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    A blueprint for reform: The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    1/2/10 - U.S. Department of Education,

    "This blueprint builds on the significant reforms already made in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 around four areas: (1) Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader; (2) Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning; (3) Implementing college- and career-ready...

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    A next social contract for the primary years of education

    1/9/10 - Lisa Guernsey, Sara Mead

    "We, as a nation, are doing a very good job of squandering human potential and making life harder for all Americans as a result. This has to stop. If our government, at the local, state, and federal level, does not start investing in education systems that reach children before kindergarten, and if it does not get serious about providing children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling, it is wasting taxpayer dollars, ignoring decades of research and...

  • Accountability, Standards, and the Growing Achievement Gap: Lessons from the Past Half-Century

    1/1/06 - Harris, Douglas N., Herrington, Carolyn D.

    The rise of accountability policies during the early 1990s coincided with an increase in the achievement gap between white and minority students, reversing decades of steady improvement in outcome equity. This article explores the policies that helped to reduce the achievement gap before 1990, the effects of the subsequent shift toward accountability, and what can be learned from past successes to guide the future development of accountability systems. An extensive review of research...

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    Achieving Gender Equity in Public Education: A Scenario Planning Resource for Advocates, Policymakers and Practitioners

    1/16/10 - Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation, The Schott Center for Public and Early Education

    "This report reflects our recent efforts to understand how to ensure that the next generation of girls and boys enjoy respectful schools and classrooms in which they can grow and succeed. We want all children to have the benefits of an education that provides them with a full range of life options and helps them become decisionmakers and leaders. We hope this publication will serve as a useful discussion tool for organizations, foundations, and individuals interested in creating more...

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    Addressing Promises and Challenges of Response to Intervention Models for ELLs

    1/13/09 - Artiles, Alfredo J.

    This presentation outlines trends in ELL placement in special education, gives an overview of RTI issues with ELLs, and provides ideas for future directions.

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    Addressing Students Mental Health Needs through Equity-Grounded Early Intervening Services

    1/13/09 - Federico Waitoller, Kathleen A. King, Elizabeth B. Kozleski

    Presentation designed to give an overview of Early Intervening and Its Connection to Disproportionality, Tensions in the Field of EBD, Emerging Early Intervening Practices, Limitations of Early Intervening Practices and Equity-Grounded Early Intervening Services

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    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Prevalence, and Services for Children and Families

    1/5/10 - Catherine Lord, Somer L. Bishop

    "Recent prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are now estimated at about 1 in 110 children in the U.S. Increases in public awareness and research funding in response to the growing numbers of children and adults with this disorder have led to numerous important scientific advances over the last several years. Nevertheless, because ASD remains a diagnosis that is defined completely on the basis of behavior, diagnostic assessment is both complex and expensive. Appropriate...

  • Barriers to School Involvement: Are Immigrant Parents Disadvantaged?

    1/1/09 - Turney, Kristin, Kao, Grace

    Parental involvement at school offers unique opportunities for parents, and this school-based involvement has important implications for children's academic and behavioral outcomes. The authors used data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort (National Center for Education Statistics, 2001) to examine race and immigrant differences in barriers to parental involvement at school. Minority immigrant parents, compared with native-born parents, reported more barriers to...

  • Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

    1/1/09 - Pew Hispanic Center Staff

    A Pew Hispanic Center report based on a new nationwide survey of Latino youths and on analyses of government data examines the values, attitudes, experiences and self-identity of this generation as it comes of age in America.

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    Democracy at risk: The need for a new federal policy in education

    1/14/09 - The Forum for Education and Democracy,

    Prepared by Linda Darling-Hammond and George Wood, this report calls on the federal government to payoff the "education debt," invest in a new "Marshall Plan" for teachers and school leaders, support educational research and innovation, and engage and educate local communities.

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    Developmental Delay

    1/18/09 - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities,

    Think of all the skills that children have to learn when they come into the world: smiling, turning over, responding to people, communicating, eating solid food, crawling, standing, and on and on. We expect these skills to emerge naturally over time and know more or less when they should. At 3 months, Susana will probably be doing this, at 4 months, she’ll be doing that. By a year, well, she’ll be tottering around, getting into everything. This time-table for skills to emerge is commonly...

  • Does school accountability lead to improved student performance?

    1/1/05 - Hanushek, Eric A., Raymond, Margaret E.

    The leading school reform policy in the United States revolves around strong accountability of schools with consequences for performance. The federal government's involvement through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reinforces the prior movement of many states toward policies based on measured student achievement. Analysis of state achievement growth as measured by the National Assessment of Educational progress shows that accountability systems introduced during the 1990s had a clear...

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    Educating English language learners at the high school level: A coherent approach to district- and school-level support

    1/3/09 - National High School Center,

    The development of state policy to promote academic achievement for ELLs is critical to improving educational outcomes and consistent with the goals of increasing high school graduation rates and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Recent research indicates that states have multiple opportunities to take the initiative in supporting school systems and schools in their efforts to keep ELLs on track to meet postsecondary success.

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