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    Lets Try: Conversation Cards

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Conversation cards provide family members with information about the classroom schedule, the organization of the room, and common activities so they can ask more directed questions. This strategy works really well in elementary and sometimes middle schools to give families a way to hold a richer conversation with their children about the day’s events.

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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.

  • Low Reading Scores Show Majority of US Children Not Prepared for Future Success

    1/28/14 - Chong, Sue Lin

    In a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.

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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...

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    NCLR Announces 2013-2014 Fellows for National Institute for Latino School Leaders

    11/5/13 - Mimberg, Kathy

    The NILSL Fellows have decades of teaching and leadership experience working in public school settings with Hispanic students, the majority of whom are learning English and live in low-income communities. Designed for high-potential mid- to senior-level education leaders, the program provides training sessions geared toward providing the advocacy and communication skills needed to address issues important to Latino student achievement and urge national and state officials to consider these...

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    Nothing More Important than this: Obama Visits Brooklyn High School to Push for Education Priorities, Including High School Redesign, High-Speed Internet in Schools, and Increased Funding

    11/5/13 - Amos, Jason

    Obama outlined three priorities in education—making high-quality preschool available to every child, making college more affordable, and redesigning America’s high schools.

  • Notice of Language Assistance Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline

    1/8/14

    The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice (Departments) are issuing this guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools in meeting their obligations under Federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The Departments recognize the commitment and effort of educators across the United States to provide their students with an excellent education. The Departments believe that guidance on...

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    Performance-Based Compensation: Linking Performance to Teacher Salaries

    12/1/13 - Behrstock-Sherratt, E.; Potemski, A.

    To achieve the goal of attracting and retaining talented professionals in education, performance-based compensation systems (PBCS) must offer salaries that are both fair and sufficiently competitive at each point across an educator’s career continuum. Although many states, especially with the support of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants, have worked with districts on developing PBCS, salary scales largely remain a decision left to local school districts.

  • Policy Features that Make a Difference: Improving Mentor Programs for Novice Special Education Teachers

    1/14/10 - Hirsch, E., Rorrer, A., Sindelar, P. T., Dawson, S. A., Heretick, J., & Jia, C. L.

    Most states have policies for new teacher induction and mentoring programs that districts use as a foundation when designing and implementing local programs. Although most state policies do not differentiate programs for novice special education teachers, there are particular aspects of their experience—discussed in this Brief—that may affect mentoring effectiveness.

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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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    Principals Make a Difference: Recommendations for Strengthening Special Education Teacher Induction

    1/14/10 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Although novice special education teachers benefit from the same types of support and induction that their general education colleagues receive, certain aspects of their experience require additional attention. Find out what principals can do to help novice special education teachers thrive.

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    Professional Learning Communities: A Practice to Support the Induction and Retention of Novice Special Education Teachers

    1/1/09 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Collaboration among novice special education teachers and their general education colleagues can bolster the impact of induction programs for all novice teachers, including special education teachers. Strong, supportive collaborative structures also can influence novice special education teacher retention. A Professional Learning Community—the topic of this Brief—is a promising collaborative structure for engaging these novice teachers in the professional school culture.

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    Professional Learning Communities: A Promising Practice for Integrating Novice Special Education Teachers into the School Culture

    1/1/10 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Collaboration among novice special education teachers and their general education colleagues can bolster the impact of induction programs for all novice teachers, including special education teachers. Strong, supportive collaborative structures also can influence novice special education teacher retention. A Professional Learning Community—the topic of this Brief—is a promising collaborative structure for engaging these novice teachers in the professional school culture.

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    Promoting Children’s School Readiness: Rethinking the Levers for Change

    1/30/10 - National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education,

    "Growing public investments in ECE, especially prekindergarten (pre-k), make understanding of how different research findings fit together increasingly important. This NCRECE In Focus offers teachers and administrators direction in this regard by looking at how two prominent “puzzle pieces” fit together."

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