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    Lets Try: Family Connections Newsletter

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools use newsletters, consider adding the following sections or columns that focus on “Family Connections.” Report summaries of what you learn from parents. Offer descriptions and explanations of school initiatives and policies. Suggest things families can do together at home that will reinforce student learning.

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    Lets Try: Family Fad Classes

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools have special classes or times during the year when teachers get to offer a class or a series of classes on favorite topics like gardening, dancing, stargazing, photography, or knitting, to name a few. Encourage family members to offer Family Fad Classes on topics they treasure and enjoy. The list could be endless and tailored to every age level. The classes could be a single session or a series.

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    Lets Try: Homework Alternatives

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    An alternative to homework would be integrating learning that will reinforce (but maybe not exactly imitate) what’s being learned at school. By integrating home learning into activities that families already routinely do, family have more opportunities to reinforce school learning than they might achieve through homework.

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    Lets Try: “Friday” Folders

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Good communication between teachers and families can help build school community and foster successful school experiences for kids. One way to achieve good communication is to establish a consistent system for sharing information. A weekly “Friday” folder, provided to each student by his or her teacher, creates an arena for schools and families to share information, successes, questions, and suggestions.

  • Parent Involvement, Cultural Capital, and the Achievement Gap Among Elementary School Children

    1/1/06 - Lee, Jung-Sook, Bowen, Natasha K.

    This study examined the level and impact of five types of parent involvement on elementary school children's academic achievement by race/ethnicity, poverty, and parent educational attainment. The sample comprised 415 third through fifth graders who completed the Elementary School Success Profile. Hypotheses from Bourdieu's theory of cultural capital were assessed with t tests, chi-square statistics, and hierarchical regressions. Consistent with the theory, parents with different demographic...

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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).

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    Reading, Mathematics, and Science Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners with Disabilities: Insights from Educators Nationwide

    1/28/11 - Barrera, M., Shyyan, V., Liu, K. K., & Thurlow, M. L.

    This study focused on the instructional strategies employed at the middle and junior high school level. Teaching and learning at the middle school level have been found particularly challenging, perhaps because the curriculum places greater cognitive demands on emerging adolescents at a developmental stage when students, especially those who have already been struggling, can be at higher risk for academic failure (Mikow-Porto, Humphries, Egelson, O’Connell, & Teague, 2004). ELLs with...

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    Research sheds light on the students most at risk of dropping out – and how to keep students on the “graduation track”

    1/5/09 - Education Commission of the States,

    This document by the Education Commission of the States, sheds light on the students most at risk of dropping out - and how to keep students on the “graduation track”; state policy approaches aimed at keeping students in school; indicators most closely associated with dropping out; and cost/benefit analysis of initiatives that improve graduation rates.

  • Restructuring High Schools for All Students :Tking inclusin to next level

    1/1/98 - Cheryl M. Jorgensen

    This book points out many of the principles that underlie school reform and restructuring by inclusive education.

  • Review of Improving the quality of education for African-American males: A study of America's urban schools

    1/1/07 - No authorship, indicated

    Reviews the book, Improving the quality of education for African-American males: A study of America's urban schools by George R. Taylor and Thaddeus L. Phillips (2005). This text is designed to assist educators in urban school districts in closing the achievement gap among African-American males. It provides a framework for innovative educators to extrapolate creative methods and strategies for closing this gap. The book demonstrates that African-American males' achievement and standards can...

  • Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds

    3/5/14 - Layton, Lyndsey

    A popular teaching technique to help elementary students develop emotional and social skills also leads to academic achievement, according to a study released Thursday. In a randomized, controlled trial that examined the technique known as Responsive Classroom, researchers found that children in classrooms where the technique was fully used scored significantly higher in math and reading tests than students in classrooms where it wasn’t applied.

  • Teachers' workplace: The social organization of schools

    1/1/89 - Rosenholtz, Susan J.
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    The McKnight Foundation Education and Learning Program PreK–Third Grade Literacy and Alignment Formative Evaluation Findings

    10/1/13 - Golan, S.; Wechsler, M.; Cassidy, L.; Chen, W.

    The goals of The McKnight Foundation’s Education and Learning (E&L) Program are “to increase the percentage of students reading at grade level by the end of third grade and to increase access to high quality learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota’s youth thrive.”

  • The middle school experience: Effects on the math and science achievement of adolescents with LD

    1/1/98 - Anderman, Eric M.

    Examined the relation between middle school transitions and achievement gaps in math and science between 296 adolescents with and 1,608 adolescents without learning disabilities (LD). An abundance of research (e.g., E. M. Anderman and M. L. Maehr, 1994) indicates that motivation and achievement decline during the early adolescent years, and that this decline is often attributable to the transition from elementary to middle grade schools during early adolescence. Using data from the National...

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    The progress of education reform 2007: Dropout prevention

    1/5/10 - Education Commission of the States,

    While a common assumption is that students drop out of school because of their social background and school behaviors, the findings from these studies demonstrate that schools can exert important organizational effects on students’ decisions to drop out or stay in school. The research included here holds a number of implications for policy

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    The Reflective Principal

    1/1/06 - Gail McGregor & Christine Salisbury

    This booklet was developed as part of the activities of the Principal’s Project, a federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.The insights and strategies described in this booklet were derived from our direct involvement with principals in four states over a three year period. Our partnership with these principals involved gathering information to assist us in understanding the context, culture, and process of change in these...

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