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    Preventing DISPROPORTIONALITY by Strengthening District Policies and Procedures - An Assessment and Strategic Planning Process

    1/24/09 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Shelley Zion, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This tool is designed to guide the examination of LEA practices once data suggest that serious and inappropriate disproportionate referral, identification and placement of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse may be occurring.

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    Achieving Gender Equity in Public Education: A Scenario Planning Resource for Advocates, Policymakers and Practitioners

    1/16/10 - Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation, The Schott Center for Public and Early Education

    "This report reflects our recent efforts to understand how to ensure that the next generation of girls and boys enjoy respectful schools and classrooms in which they can grow and succeed. We want all children to have the benefits of an education that provides them with a full range of life options and helps them become decisionmakers and leaders. We hope this publication will serve as a useful discussion tool for organizations, foundations, and individuals interested in creating more...

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    Data analysis workbook: Racial and ethnic disproportionality in special education

    1/3/09 - Edward Fergus, Roey Ahram

    “The purpose of this manual is to provide disrtrict/school personnel an overview of how to analyze special education and general education enrollment data in order to identify rates of disproportionality in special education classification and placement. The manual is divided into three levels: (a) general; (b) by race/ethnicity; and (c) by disability type, placement, and race/gender/ethnicity. Each level outlines the core questions that should be answered by the data, as well as the...

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    Data-driven decision making based on curriculum-embedded assessment: Findings from recent California studies

    1/5/09 - California Comprehensive Center,

    A large amount of national research supports the concept of using data driven decision making to improve student achievement. This brief produced by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), as a partner in the California Comprehensive Center (CA CC) at WestEd, summarizes key findings about the use of data driven decision making, including the effective use of assessment data, the role of administrators, the role of teachers, and the role of parents and students, as detailed in three...

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    Developing the whole child: An evaluation of the Latino after-school initiative

    1/5/09 - Diez, V.

    This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Latino After-School Initiative (LASI), an umbrella organization that provides funding, educational guidelines, staff development, and networking opportunities to after-school programs in the Greater Boston area. LASI funds seven Latino-led after-school programs servicing children ages 7-14. The programs are located in Lynn, Cambridge, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Chelsea. LASI was established in 2001 by the United Way of Massachusetts...

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    Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide

    1/13/10 - Mark Dynarski, Linda Clarke, Brian Cobb, Jeremy Finn, Russell Rumberger, Jay Smink

    "This guide is intended to be useful to educators in high schools and middle schools, to superintendents and school boards, and to state policymakers in planning and executing dropout prevention strategies. The target audience includes school administrators as well as district-level administrators. This guide seeks to help them develop practice and policy alternatives for implementation. The guide includes specific recommendations and indicates the quality of the evidence that supports these...

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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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    NIUSI Accreditation Standards: A Blueprint for Inclusive Schools

    1/18/07 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins , Deidre Magee, Anne Smith , Jim Lundstrom

    This tool provides a framework for assessing schools on their inclusive practices. A set of 15 standards frames governance, continuous improvement, teacher practice, student performance and family involvement. This tool is designed for use by accreditation bodies as well as by districts committed to ensuring effective early intervening as well as high quality special education services and supports.

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    Putting it all together: Guiding principles for quality after-school programs serving preteens

    1/31/10 - Rachel A. Metz, Julie Goldsmith, Amy J.A. Arbeton

    "What are the most important characteristics of quality after-school programs for preteens, based on the latest research? The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (the Foundation) set out to answer that question by commissioning Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) to examine the literature and develop a set of guiding principles for after-school programs serving preteens. This report builds on a set of benchmarks that P/PV created for the Foundation in 2003."

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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...

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    What Works in Improving Low-Performing Schools and Districts?

    1/5/09 - Christie, Kathy

    A new ECS Progress of Education Reform highlights recent research that explores what works in improving low-performing schools and districts, examines what is being learned from research and looks at the subsequent implications for state policy.

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