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  • Early Academic Career Pathways in STEM: Do Gender and Family Status Matter?

    3/1/14 - Tanenbaum, Courtney; Upton, Rachel

    The gender inequities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic workforce are well documented and remain of concern, especially given the urgent calls to increase and broaden participation in STEM. Women of all races and ethnicities continue to compose a small number of science and engineering faculty at U.S. research universities and often do not receive the same level of recognition, career affirmation, and resources as their male colleagues.

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    Early Success: Closing the Achievement Gap for Our Youngest Learners

    1/5/09 - Jerry D. Weast

    The district faced an indisputable fact: increasing numbers of young children impacted by poverty and language difference were starting school lagging behind their peers in basic literacy and mathematics skills, and they often remained behind. If children were not meeting certain benchmarks by the end of first grade, there was little likelihood that they would be able to read fl uently by third grade, an important indicator of academic success in the later years.5 So, the work began in the...

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    Educating English language learners at the high school level: A coherent approach to district- and school-level support

    1/3/09 - National High School Center,

    The development of state policy to promote academic achievement for ELLs is critical to improving educational outcomes and consistent with the goals of increasing high school graduation rates and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Recent research indicates that states have multiple opportunities to take the initiative in supporting school systems and schools in their efforts to keep ELLs on track to meet postsecondary success.

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    Effective and promising summer learning programs and approaches for economically-disadvantaged children and youth

    1/30/09 - Mary Terzian, Kristin Anderson Moore, Kathleen Hamilton

    "Children and youth who reside in economically disadvantaged households and who live in lowresource, urban neighborhoods are more likely to lose ground in math and reading over the summer than their middle- and upper-class peers. These children and youth often come from ethnic minority backgrounds. This achievement gap widens as children grow older, creating social and academic inequities. Summer learning programs are an important strategy for narrowing the achievement gap."

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    Effectiveness of Selected Supplemental Reading Comprehension Interventions: Findings from Two Student Cohorts

    1/5/10 - Susanne James-Burdumy , John Deke , Julieta Lugo-Gil , Nancy Carey , Alan Hershey , Russell Gersten , Rebecca Newman-Gonchar , Joseph Dimino , Kelly Haymond

    "Results after two years of using three reading comprehension curricula show gains from one program and no effects for the other two on reading comprehension for fifth-graders, according to a study released by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance in the Institute of Education Sciences. The study focused on whether 5th grade students in disadvantaged schools could be helped in making the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" by bolstering the...

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    Emphasizing Educators’ Everyday Actions

    1/21/09 - Mica Pollock

    A fundamental debate erupts whenever U.S. educators discuss “achievement gaps.” Do educators’ everyday actions really contribute that much to racial disparities? Or are such disparities caused by parents, by peers, by “society,” by “poverty,” by children themselves? We need to get much better at discussing this issue in education. As I have shown in my research, simplistic debate over who is “to blame” for “achievement gaps” often keeps us from adequately serving...

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    Empowering Families of Children with Health or Mental Health Needs to Partner with Schools

    1/2/09 - Chandra Keller-Allen

    This presentation addresses importance of family engagement to assist children with mental health needs in the school

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    Engaging Native American learners with rigor and cultural relevance

    1/26/09 - Abner Oakes, Traci Maday

    "In this Issue Brief, The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement identifies strategies that foster Native American student engagement and improved academic achievement. We begin by examining the distribution of Native students and then we explore three areas that are identified in the literature as promising strategies for improving educational outcomes for Native students: Instructional practices, Curriculum content, and School climate"

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    Gaining ground in the middle grades: Why some schools do better

    1/9/10 - Trish Williams, Michael W. Kirst, Edward Haertel, Matthew Rosin, Mary Perry, Ben Webman, Kathy Wilson, Rebecca Payne, Kathryn Morgan Woodward

    "This study contributes to the field by identifying a broad range of traditional and newer middle grade policies and practices, and determining in California which of these differentiate higher- from lower-performing schools serving similar student populations, with performance measured by the state’s standards-based tests."

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    Has progress been made in raising achievement for English Language Learners?

    1/9/10 - Center on Education Policy,

    "This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization, examines progress in raising achievement for English language learners. It also describes the factors thatmake it difficult to accurately assesswhat ELLs knowand can do.The data for this analysis were collected by CEP with technical support from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) and come from the state reading and mathematics tests used for NCLB accountability in all 50 states.The...

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    Health in childhood and adolescence and high school dropout

    1/23/10 - Joshua Breslau

    "There is ample evidence that poor health in childhood and adolescence is associated with higher risk of dropping out of high school. This association is suggestive of a causal effect of health problems on dropout and a potential role for health interventions to reduce the proportion of high school students who drop out. Interventions with such a dual benefit—improving health while decreasing dropout—would be important policy priorities. With the goal of identifying strategic priorities...

  • 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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    How FPG Got It’s Groove: The Abecedarian Story

    1/5/09 - Pam Winton, Virginia Buyss, Catherine Hamrick

    The Abecedarian project was a carefully controlled scientific study of the potential benefits of early childhood education for poor children. Children from low-income families received full-time, high-quality educational intervention in a childcare setting from infancy through age 5. Each child had an individualized prescription of educational activities. Educational activities consisted of ‘games’ incorporated into the child's day. Activities focused on social, emotional, 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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    Migrant students: Resources for migrant children similar to other students but achievement still lags

    1/9/10 - Florida Advisory Committee,

    "The Florida Advisory Committee (Committee) submits this report as part of its responsibility to study pressing civil rights issues in the State and report on its findings. The Committee discussed its concerns about civil rights issues facing the migrant community in Florida and equal education opportunity in a series of planning meetings, and from those meetings decided to examine the educational resources provided to migrant children in the State. This is a report by the Florida Advisory...

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    Miles to go Mississippi

    1/2/10 - Southern Education Foundation,

    "Mississippi is the only Southern state that has no statesupported pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program. This brief reviews how Mississippi is falling behind other states in the Deep South in early childhood education; why Mississippi needs a Pre-K program now; options for how the state can finance such a program; and current opportunities (even in economic hard times) for Mississippi to begin to build on existing assets to establish a Pre-K program for the benefit of all Mississippians in the...

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