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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

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    Frederick County Public Schools Culturally Responsive Student Services Team Reference Guide

    1/1/11 - Frederick County Public Schools Disproportionality Committee , Equity Alliance at ASU

    The guide is designed to be a quick reference for students services teams in order to prevent/and or reduce the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education. This quick reference effectively addresses the processes under which culturally responsive student services team operate. The guide should be used by student services teams as they engage in problem solving techniques to meet the academic and /or behavioral needs of students in...

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    Good professional development in schools: How does leadership contribute?

    1/7/10 - Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

    This good practice report considers what makes continuing professional development work so well in successful schools. It identifies four key questions that effective school leaders regularly ask themselves about the quality of their arrangements for professional development. The report then sets out the key characteristics of good practice associated with the four areas and illustrates these to help all schools learn from the examples. It also identifies three barriers that confront schools.

  • 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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    Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

    1/28/11 - Shanahan, T., Callison, K., Carriere, C., Duke, N. K., Pearson, P. D., Schatschneider, C., &, Torgesen, J.

    The fundamental assumption in this guide is that the objective of reading instruction is to give young readers the tools they need to understand increasingly sophisticated material in all subjects from elementary through later years of school. The practices recommended in this guide are therefore not an end in themselves, but the means to developing sound ability in reading comprehension. With this principle in mind, teachers should prepare their reading lessons in a way that encourages...

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    Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning: Final report of Research Findings

    1/21/10 - Louis, Karen Seashore, Leithwood, Kenneth, Wahlstrom, Kyla L., Anderson, Stephen E.

    Education is widely held to be crucial for the survival and success of individualsand countries in the emerging global environment. U.S. politicians of all stripes have placed education at the center of their political platforms, and education has been at the center of many European and Asian policy agendas. Comparable agreement is also evident about the contributions of leadership to the implementation of virtually all initiatives aimed at improving student learning and the quality of...

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    Let's Try: Office Greeters

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    To make sure the school is a welcoming place for family members to visit, arrange for family members to volunteer as office greeters during busy arrival and dismissal times or other times when there are likely to be a lot of visitors. Having family members act as office greeters to other families helps strengthen the connections with community and support often busy school personnel because they can take more time with family member visitors, making sure they get to where they need to go 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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    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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    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).

  • Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

    3/1/14

    Across the country, an increasing number of school nutrition departments are sourcing local foods, while schools have begun providing complementary educational activities that emphasize food, agriculture, and nutrition.

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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.

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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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    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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    The Family: America’s Smallest School

    1/1/10 - Barton, P. & Coley, R.

    The authors of this report examine many facets of children’s home environment and experiences that foster cognitive development and school achievement, from birth throughout the period of formal schooling. They stress that we should think of strengthening the roles of both schools and families, that schools need parents and communities as allies, and that recognizing the importance of the role families play should in no way lessen the need to improve schools. The report also reveals the...

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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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