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    Frederick County Public Schools Culturally Responsive Student Services Team Reference Guide

    1/1/11 - Frederick County Public Schools Disproportionality Committee , Equity Alliance at ASU

    The guide is designed to be a quick reference for students services teams in order to prevent/and or reduce the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education. This quick reference effectively addresses the processes under which culturally responsive student services team operate. The guide should be used by student services teams as they engage in problem solving techniques to meet the academic and /or behavioral needs of students in...

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    Good professional development in schools: How does leadership contribute?

    1/7/10 - Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

    This good practice report considers what makes continuing professional development work so well in successful schools. It identifies four key questions that effective school leaders regularly ask themselves about the quality of their arrangements for professional development. The report then sets out the key characteristics of good practice associated with the four areas and illustrates these to help all schools learn from the examples. It also identifies three barriers that confront schools.

  • High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

    4/23/14 - St. George, Donna

    Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app. In a world that went digital long ago, computer science is not a staple of U.S. education, and some schools do not even offer a course on the subject, including 10 of 27 high schools in Virginia’s Fairfax...

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    Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

    1/28/11 - Shanahan, T., Callison, K., Carriere, C., Duke, N. K., Pearson, P. D., Schatschneider, C., &, Torgesen, J.

    The fundamental assumption in this guide is that the objective of reading instruction is to give young readers the tools they need to understand increasingly sophisticated material in all subjects from elementary through later years of school. The practices recommended in this guide are therefore not an end in themselves, but the means to developing sound ability in reading comprehension. With this principle in mind, teachers should prepare their reading lessons in a way that encourages...

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    Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success

    1/10/11 - Gross, B.

    The research shows that allowing schools to develop their own mission, granting them freedom over their budgets and personnel, and holding them accountable for performance can have valuable effects in schools and for the educational system more broadly. The freedom given to charter schools can lead to new programs serving diverse needs, to higher expectations for low-income and minority students, to more schoolfocused professional norms for teachers and leaders, and to new ways to hire...

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    Instructional Decision-Making Procedures: Ensuring Appropriate Instruction for Struggling Students

    1/1/10 - Bryant, Diane Pedrotty

    The purpose of this booklet is to provide campus-based administrators and educators with procedures for ensuring appropriate instruction for students struggling with reading, mathematics, and behavior, and for students who are English language learners (ELL). The procedures in this booklet can be used by educators and school teams to identify effective instructional practices and interventions to reduce referrals to special education.

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    Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning: Final report of Research Findings

    1/21/10 - Louis, Karen Seashore, Leithwood, Kenneth, Wahlstrom, Kyla L., Anderson, Stephen E.

    Education is widely held to be crucial for the survival and success of individualsand countries in the emerging global environment. U.S. politicians of all stripes have placed education at the center of their political platforms, and education has been at the center of many European and Asian policy agendas. Comparable agreement is also evident about the contributions of leadership to the implementation of virtually all initiatives aimed at improving student learning and the quality of...

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    Let's Try: Office Greeters

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    To make sure the school is a welcoming place for family members to visit, arrange for family members to volunteer as office greeters during busy arrival and dismissal times or other times when there are likely to be a lot of visitors. Having family members act as office greeters to other families helps strengthen the connections with community and support often busy school personnel because they can take more time with family member visitors, making sure they get to where they need to go and...

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    Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century

    1/7/10 - Pinkus, L.M.

    Success in today’s global and entrepreneurial economy increasingly requires some form of postsecondary education or training. Yet too many students—particularly poor and minority students—leave the K–12 system without the knowledge and skills necessary for success after high school. The long-term implications of an inadequate education have social and economic consequences for individuals, the communities in which they live, and the nation as a whole. The challenge ahead is twofold...

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    Measuring What Matters: A Stronger Accountability Model for Teacher Education

    1/2/10 - Crowe, Edward

    The redesigned accountability system proposed in this paper is an effort to direct regulatory oversight to things that matter: whether or not K-12 students are learning, how well teachers have developed the classroom teaching skills to be effective with their students, a graduate’s commitment to teaching as a professional career, feedback from graduates and employers, and high-quality tests of teacher knowledge and skills that are tied to classroom teaching performance and K-12 student...

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    National High School Center Early Warning System Tool v2.0: Technical Manual

    1/12/10 - Therriault, S.B., Heppen, J., O’Cummings,M., Fryer, L., and Johnson, A.

    The Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0 and Technical Manual are offered by the National High School Center, a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues that does not endorse any interventions or conduct field studies. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National High School Center serves the Regional Comprehensive Centers in their work to build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of the Elementary and...

  • Opportunity to Learn and English Learner Achievement: Is Increased Content Exposure Beneficial?

    1/1/08 - Aguirre-Munoz, Zenaida, Boscardin, Christy Kim

    This investigation examined the impact of opportunity to learn content and skills targeted by a writing assessment on the achievement of English learners (ELs), including the potential for differential impact of increased exposure to literary analysis and writing instruction. Results revealed several factors contributing to students' writing performance. Student-level and teacher-level variables were found to significantly contribute to writing performance. Although exposure to writing and...

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    Practical Functional Behavioral Assessment Training Manual for School-Based Personnel

    1/10/11 - Loman, S. & Borgmeier, C.

    This guide is designed to train school-based personnel with flexible roles in a school to conduct practical functional behavioral assessments (FBA).

  • Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

    3/1/14

    Across the country, an increasing number of school nutrition departments are sourcing local foods, while schools have begun providing complementary educational activities that emphasize food, agriculture, and nutrition.

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    Putting it all together: Guiding principles for quality after-school programs serving preteens

    1/31/10 - Rachel A. Metz, Julie Goldsmith, Amy J.A. Arbeton

    "What are the most important characteristics of quality after-school programs for preteens, based on the latest research? The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (the Foundation) set out to answer that question by commissioning Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) to examine the literature and develop a set of guiding principles for after-school programs serving preteens. This report builds on a set of benchmarks that P/PV created for the Foundation in 2003."

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    Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices

    1/28/11 - Cate, D., Diefendorf, M., McCullough, K., Peters, M. L., & Whaley, K.

    Overall quality measures of inclusion based on an average rating of a program, classroom or setting may not reflect the actual inclusion experience or appropriateness for individual children. Multiple measures, along with individually relevant information and periodic review, may be the best way of determining the quality of inclusion experiences and opportunities for individual children. Consideration of the actual inclusion experience of individual children, their families and peers, and...

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