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    Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education

    1/27/10 - Fergus, Edward

    This Equity In Action is intended to provide educators and researchers with the most comprehensive, praxis-oriented information on identifying and reducing disproportionality in schools. Over the course of developing and piloting a data-driven process (2004-2010) for identifying root causes, we’ve gained insight into not only the root causes but also the driving forces (internal and external to district) of these root causes. Our data driven root cause process focused on examining various...

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    On...Transformed, Inclusive Schools: A Framework to Guide Fundamental Change in Urban Schools

    1/24/08 - Diane L. Ferguson, Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Smith, Anne, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Multicultural education is not merely a set of skills and procedures learned at one point in time and applied over and over again. It is a process through which educators and other service providers learn to interpret and adapt to their personal encounters with one another. Through multicultural education, teachers and students become culturally responsive and competent, creating new pathways for communication and knowledge sharing (Liston & Zeichner, 1996).

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    Walkthrough Planning Guide

    1/5/09 - National Institute for Urban School Improvement,, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This document provides guidance on how to prepare for a building walkthrough, what to do during and after the walkthrough. It contains both group and individual feedback forms. (Focus on Results 2001).

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    A blueprint for reform: The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    1/2/10 - U.S. Department of Education,

    "This blueprint builds on the significant reforms already made in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 around four areas: (1) Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader; (2) Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning; (3) Implementing college- and career-ready...

  • A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

    4/1/14

    Numbering nearly 5 million during the 2010-11 school year, English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse and growing group of K-12 students whose varied linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds present unique needs and assets for the school community. Nationwide, the number of ELLs in the United States has increased by more than 10 percent in the past decade, although growth rates and percentages differ across states.

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    Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships

    1/1/13 - Walker, Lisa J.

    In June 2013, the Institute for Educational Leadership and Chapin Hall convened a group of people to reflect on the role of partnerships in advancing educational opportunities for children and youth in this country.

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    An early look at the Economic Stimulus Package and the public schools: Perspectives from state leaders

    1/7/09 - Center on Education Policy,

    "This report looks at the early efforts of states to implement the elementary and secondary education provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The findings are drawn from a survey of officials in state education agencies and governors’ offices in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings concern the financial condition of state education budgets, progress toward meeting the reform assurances, interest in national content standards and the Race to the Top...

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    Changing the Odds for student success: What matters Most

    1/6/10 - Goodwin, B

    This report attempts to build on Neuman’s review, to include interventions that school can, and indeed, must do, to change the odds for students. Our view is that schools should be at the center of any effort to meet the needs of all students, is for no other reason than they are where millions of American students are currently educated. Those students need better opportunities today. Thus, the approach of this report is to determine principles and practices that can be employed right...

  • ConnectED: Obama Announces $750 Million from Private Sector to Bring Technology Into Classrooms

    2/18/14 - Amos, Jason

    In a February 4 speech at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, President Obama announced more than $750 million in private-sector commitments from eight companies to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including devices, software, teacher professional development, and home wireless connectivity.

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    Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means

    1/10/11 - Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J.

    Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality. The extent of consolidation varies across states due to their considerable differences in history, geography, population density, and politics. Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is...

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    Developing the capacity for scaling up the effective use of evidence-based programs in State Departments of Education

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

    The significant investment in developing evidence-based practices and other innovations will be “worth it” if it helps further the education of students and benefit their families and communities. The State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center helps States establish adequate capacity to carry out effective implementation, organization change, and system transformation strategies to maximize the academic achievement and behavioral health outcomes for...

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    Early Warning System Implementation Guide

    1/12/10 - Therriault, S.B., Heppen, J., O’Cummings,M., Fryer, L., and Johnson, A.

    This Implementation Guide is designed to build the capacity of school- and district-level practitioners to analyze data from the EWS Tool v2.0. The aim of the guide and the tool is to support school and district efforts to systematically identify students who are showing signs that they are at risk of dropping out of high school, match these students to interventions to get them back on track for graduation, and monitor students’ progress in those interventions. The guide describes an...

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    Early Warning System Tool

    1/12/10 - Therriault, S.B., Heppen, J., O’Cummings,M., Fryer, L., and Johnson, A.

    This tool, developed by the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with Matrix Knowledge Group, is designed to allow users to identify students who show early warning signs that they are at-risk for dropping out of high school. The Early Warning System tool automatically calculates indicators that are predictive of whether students graduate or drop out. These indicators are related to attendance, course failures, grade point average (GPA), and...

  • Education Department changes charter school lottery rules

    1/29/14 - Strauss; Valerie

    The Education Department on Wednesday released new guidance that allows charter schools receiving federal funds to change their student admissions lotteries so that low-income and educationally disadvantaged students can have more weight in an effort to create more integrated schools.

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    Emerging Areas of Inquiry: Special Education Teacher Induction

    1/21/10 - Billingsley, B. S., Griffin, C. C., Smith, S. J., Kamman, M., & Israel, M.

    General education induction has received substantial attention from policymakers, researchers, and school district practitioners. Yet, the literature base has been described as fragmented, with methodological problems that often make it difficult to draw clear implications. The special education induction literature base is even less developed. This Brief summarizes potential research areas that could help strengthen the special education induction knowledge base.

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    Emerging evidence on improving high school student achievement and graduation rates: The effects of four popular improvement programs

    1/3/09 - Herlihy, C. M., Quint, J.

    The National High School Center released methods for improving low-performing high schools based on some of the most rigorous research currently available in the school reform arena. This research brief identifies lessons learned as well as key practices used to strengthen high schools and is based on evaluations of four widely used high school improvement programs.

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