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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.

  • Race, School Achievement, and Educational Inequality: Toward a Student-Based Inquiry Perspective

    1/1/07 - Wiggan, Greg

    Over the past four decades, there have been numerous discussions on student achievement and school failure. Within this time, the debate over the causes and consequences of racial differences in achievement has been at the heart of the nation's social and political life. The author discusses the major developments in achievement research over the past century and examines the foremost explanations given for racial differences in school performance, namely, genetic deficiency, social class...

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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...

  • Reimagining Citizenship for the 21st Century: A Call to Action for Policymakers and Educators

    1/1/14

    Like the demands of school and work, the demands of civic life are constantly escalating. Every American now lives, learns and works in a global society. The civic challenges of our day are significant and complex. At the same time, the ways in which Americans engage in the world are changing and expanding

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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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    Review of “The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Teacher Differences."

    1/18/09 - Raymond L. Pecheone, Ruth Chung Wei

    <span class='abstract_italic'>The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Teacher Differences</span>, published in June 2009 by the New Teacher Project, examines how 12 school districts across four states use teacher evaluation to make human resources decisions. It then proposes how to build teacher evaluation systems that are more credible and useful. Overall, the report portrays current practices in teacher evaluation as a broken system perpetuated by a culture that...

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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...

  • Self-Assessing Social and Emotional Instruction and Competencies: A Tool for Teachers

    2/1/14 - Yoder, Nicholas

    The educational community is increasingly focused on the development of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and the link between SEL and improved educational attainment and achievement. SEL is the process through which students develop the skills necessary to recognize and manage emotions, build relationships, solve interpersonal problems, and make effective and ethical decisions. The significance of SEL continues to grow in the context of policy debates...

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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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    Strengthening Partnerships Between Special Education Teacher Educators and Schools

    1/12/10 - Rosenberg, M. S., Brownell, M., McCray, E. D., deBettencourt, L. U., Leko, M., & Long, S.

    Special education preservice teachers benefit from participating in programs where there is a strong partnership between school district and university faculty. Learn more about two programs— Alternative Route Certification and Professional Development Schools—that offer promising opportunities for partnerships and what policymakers can do to support them.

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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...

  • Supportive School Discipline Initiative

    7/1/13

    The School Discipline Consensus Project brings together practitioners from the fields of education, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and law enforcement, as well as state and local policymakers, researchers, advocates, students, and parents to collaboratively develop a comprehensive set of recommendations for change agents working to address this issue.

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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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    Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2008–09 Teacher Follow-up Survey

    1/19/10 - Keigher, A.

    The objective of TFS is to provide information about teacher mobility and attrition among elementary and secondary school teachers who teach in grades K–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In pursuit of this objective, TFS examines the characteristics of those who stay in the teaching profession and those who leave, including retirees. By collecting information on respondents’ attitudes about the teaching profession and job satisfaction (along with demographic data), TFS...

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    Teacher learning for inclusive education: A framework for embracing diversity

    1/6/09 - Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Federico Waitoller

    This presentation covers aspects of teaching for inclusive education, teacher education, professional learning schools, and the PLS curriculum.

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    Teacher Perspectives of School-Level Implementation of Alternate Assessments for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    1/28/10 - Renée Cameto, Frances Bergland, Anne-Marie Knokey, Katherine M. Nagle, Christopher Sanford, Sara C. Kalb, Jose Blackorby , Beth Sinclair, Derek L. Riley, Moreiça Ortega

    "Read about teachers' perspectives on school-level implementation of alternate assessments in a national study released by the National Center for Special Education Research. This study included more than 400 teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities from three states. The report provides information on the background and experiences of teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities, the skills and characteristics of the students they teach, and their...

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