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    Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

    1/8/10 - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

    How does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That will be the focus of this Q&A— the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. The Q&A concludes with a Resources section, to connect you with information on parent involvement, including current efforts to build strong partnerships between schools and families.

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    Removing chronically ineffective teachers

    1/30/10 - Robin Chait

    "This report focuses on the challenges in dismissing chronically ineffective teachers, those who are persistently ineffective and don’t improve with additional professional development or other types of supports. These teachers may be identified by more than one year of poor performance when using so-called “value-added estimates” of their effectiveness and/or several poor observations of their teaching practice when they are assessed against state and district rubrics of effective...

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    Research Findings to Support Effective Educational Policymaking: Evidence and Action Steps for State, District, and Local Policymakers

    1/3/09 - The Wallace Foundation,

    "The following Wallace Foundation research synthesis will be of use to policymakers at all levels of education who are developing comprehensive approaches to achieving the Race to the Top reform objectives and other federal strategies to improve public education. Drawing from more than a decade of experience and research in the fields of educational leadership, out-of-school time learning and arts education, the report presents evidence-based policies and practices critical to the success of...

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    RTI Ideas You Can Use

    1/1/10 - The IDEA Partnership

    Representatives of national organizations, who are engaged with their stakeholders on the issue of RTI, offer suggestions for sharing and dialogue based on the amount of time available to you. Additionally, suggested activities, materials, and resources were identified as possible valuable tools for your use.

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    Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation

    1/30/10 - Biegel, S. & Kuehl, S. J.

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students face a unique set of safety concerns each day. Over 85% report being harassed because of their sexual or gender identity, and over 20% report being physically attacked. The suicide rate for LGBT students continues to be 3-4 times higher than that of their straight counterparts, and in some parts of the country LGBT runaways may comprise up to 40% of the entire teen homeless population. Advances in law and policy have helped lead to...

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    Scaling-up evidence-based practices in education

    1/3/09 - Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K.A. , Horner, R., Sugai, G.

    The purpose of this Brief is to provide a framework that state leadership teams and others can use to develop the capacity to make effective, statewide, and sustained use of evidence-based practices and other innovations.

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    State Testing Accommodations: A Look at Their Value and Validity

    1/8/10 - Crawford, L.

    This report describes the variability in the adoption and use of test accommodations across different states. In a similar vein, this report explores a new challenge to the use of test accommodations due to the recently released federal regulations allowing the creation of an alternate assessment, based on modified achievement standards for students with disabilities. The report concludes with recommendations for policy makers and other decision makers related to possible next steps in...

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    Supporting effective teaching through teacher evaluation

    1/30/10 - Morgaen L. Donaldson, Heather G. Peske

    "This paper reports the findings from our study of teacher evaluation practices in five charter schools affiliated with three well-established charter management organizations. Based on interviews with teachers, principals, and charter management organization officials, supplemented by document analysis, our study begins to answer the three defining questions listed above. While modest in scope and scale, this study is the first of its kind. It seeks to lay an initial foundation for further...

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    Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis

    1/15/10 - Losen, Daniel J. and Skiba, Russell J.

    Since the early 1970s, out-of-school suspension rates have escalated dramatically. In part, the higher use of out-of-school suspension reflects the growth of policies such as “zero tolerance,” an approach to school discipline that imposes removal from school for a broad array of school code violations - from violent behavior to truancy and dress code violations. In order to better understand the issues of efficacy and fairness in the use of out-of-school suspension, we first must answer...

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    The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped

    1/8/10 - Barton, P. and Coley, R.

    This report discusses trends in the gap between Black and White educational attainment, school achievement, and contextual factors from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time.There is widespread awareness that there is a very substantial gap between the educational achievement of the White and the Black population in our nation, and that the gap is as old as the nation itself. Barton and Coley explore topics that remain sensitive in public discussion in their search for...

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    The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender

    1/1/00 - Skiba, R.J., Simmons, A.B., Ritter, S., Kohler, K., Henderson, M., Wu, T.

    Disproportionate representation of minority students, especially African Americans, in a variety of school disciplinary procedures has been documented almost continuously for the past 25 years, yet there has been little study of the factors contributing to that disproportionality. Whether disparate treatment of a group can be judged as bias depends largely on the extent to which other hypotheses that could provide a credible alternative explanation of the discrepancy can be ruled out. In...

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    The Family: America’s Smallest School

    1/1/10 - Barton, P. & Coley, R.

    The authors of this report examine many facets of children’s home environment and experiences that foster cognitive development and school achievement, from birth throughout the period of formal schooling. They stress that we should think of strengthening the roles of both schools and families, that schools need parents and communities as allies, and that recognizing the importance of the role families play should in no way lessen the need to improve schools. The report also reveals the...

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    The Impact of School Closures on Homeless Students in New York City

    1/19/10 - Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

    Closing “poorly-performing schools” and opening small schools from which families can choose is not new educational policy for New York City; however its impact on all students has not been thoroughly evaluated. It is therefore imperative that we review the effects of these policy developments on high-needs students, specifically the most overlooked—students experiencing homelessness. For the rising number of students who are already housing displaced, becoming educationally displaced...

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    The Linked Learning Approach: Building the Capacity of Teachers to Prepare Students for College and Careers

    1/8/10 - Meyer, L.

    This brief will highlight efforts in California to redesign the traditional training options available to high school teachers in an effort to align teacher education with high school reform efforts. The brief concludes with implications for federal policy.

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    The Madison Story: Vision into Reality –Inclusive, Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Schools

    1/13/09 - Jack Jorgensen, Sue Abplanalp

    This presentation goes over the following topics: Learning About Data Purpose, Collection and Analysis to Create Change; Understanding a Process from Exclusionary Practices to Inclusionary Practices; Discovering Two Effective Change Models; Discovering Teaming Tools; Planning for the Future

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    Time and Attention in Urban High Schools: Lessons for School Systems

    1/20/10 - Stephen Frank

    "There is no disputing that for high school students to be college and career ready, they need adequate time to learn, and individualized attention to meet each student’s academic goals, learning styles, and social needs (Miles and Frank 2008). Over the past decade, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) has partnered with urban schools and districts to improve their use of people, time, and money in addressing students’ most pressing needs. Through this work, we have studied many...

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