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Area: PRACTITIONER:group practice and professional learning

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    OSEP Personnel Development Program

    1/13/09 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Mulligan, Elaine

    This presentation overviews NIUSI-LeadScape, lessons learned, implementation and partnerhship highlights, and a tour of the LeadScape website for OSEP professional development.

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    Parental Incarceration, Child Homelessness, and the Invisible Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

    1/9/09 - Christopher Wildeman

    "Although the share of the homeless population composed of African Americans and children has grown since at least the early 1980s, the causes of these changes remain poorly understood. This article implicates mass imprisonment in at least the second of these shifts by considering the effects of parental incarceration on child homelessness using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. These are the only data that simultaneously represent a contemporary cohort of the urban...

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    Parents' Experiences with the IEP Process: Considerations for Improving Practice

    1/5/10 - John W. Reiman, Laura Beck,, Teresa Coppola, Anita Engiles

    "This publication reviews literature exploring findings from 10 studies published after 2004 that focus on the experiences and perceptions of parents or other caregivers related to the IEP process. The review also highlights recommendations from this body of literature for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings."

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    Practical guidelines for the education of English language learners: Research-based recommendations for instruction and academic interventions.

    1/1/06 - Francis, D., Rivera, M. , Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., Rivera, H.

    Book 1 of 3: This book, released in October 2006, is the first in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners. It provides evidence-based recommendations for policymakers, administrators, and teachers in K-12 settings who seek to make informed decisions about instruction and academic interventions for ELLs. The domains of focus include reading and mathematics, and the recommendations apply to both a class-wide instructional format and individualized...

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    Practical guidelines for the education of English language learners: Research-based recommendations for serving adolescent newcomers.

    1/5/09 - Francis, D. , Rivera, M., Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., Rivera, H.

    Book 2 of 3: TThis book, released in October 2006, is the second in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners. This document was written primarily for the group of ELLs who are adolescent newcomers to the United States and who have a relatively short period of time in which to simultaneously develop academic language skills and master grade-level content. It provides evidence-based recommendations for policymakers, administrators, and teachers in...

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    Practical guidelines for the education of English language learners: Research-based recommendations for the use of accomodations in large scale assessments.

    1/5/09 - Francis, D., Rivera, M. , Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., Rivera, H.

    Book 3 of 3: This book, released in October 2006, is the third in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners. NCLB has increased awareness of the academic needs and achievement of ELLs as schools, districts, and states are held accountable for teaching English and content knowledge to ELLs. ELLs present a unique set of challenges to educators because of the central role played by academic language proficiency in the acquisition and assessment of...

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    Professional Learning Communities: A Promising Practice for Integrating Novice Special Education Teachers into the School Culture

    1/1/10 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Collaboration among novice special education teachers and their general education colleagues can bolster the impact of induction programs for all novice teachers, including special education teachers. Strong, supportive collaborative structures also can influence novice special education teacher retention. A Professional Learning Community—the topic of this Brief—is a promising collaborative structure for engaging these novice teachers in the professional school culture.

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    Research Findings to Support Effective Educational Policymaking: Evidence and Action Steps for State, District, and Local Policymakers

    1/3/09 - The Wallace Foundation,

    "The following Wallace Foundation research synthesis will be of use to policymakers at all levels of education who are developing comprehensive approaches to achieving the Race to the Top reform objectives and other federal strategies to improve public education. Drawing from more than a decade of experience and research in the fields of educational leadership, out-of-school time learning and arts education, the report presents evidence-based policies and practices critical to the success of...

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    Response to Intervention (RtI)

    1/16/09 - Janette Klingner

    I believe that RTI has the potential to change the way we think about supporting kids and may especially hold promise as a way to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students and reduce their disproportionate representation in special education (see Donovan & Cross, 2002). Certain aspects of the RTI model are particularly encouraging: the emphasis on early intervention, the focus on making sure children receive appropriate instruction at the “first tier” or...

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    Statistical Power Analysis in Education Research

    1/28/10 - Larry V. Hedges , Christopher Rhoads

    This paper provides a guide to calculating statistical power for the complex multilevel designs that are used in most field studies in education research. For multilevel evaluation studies in the field of education, it is important to account for the impact of clustering on the standard errors of estimates of treatment effects. Using ideas from survey research, the paper explains how sample design induces random variation in the quantities observed in a randomized experiment, and how this...

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    The children born in 2001 at kindergarten entry: First findings from the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B): First Look

    1/30/09 - Kristin Denton Flanagan, Cameron McPhee, Gail Mulligan

    "Using data from the final two rounds of the ECLS-B, a longitudinal study begun in 2001, this First Look provides a snapshot of the demographic characteristics, reading and mathematics knowledge, fine motor skills, school characteristics, and before- and after-school care arrangements of the cohort at the time they first began kindergarten. Information has been collected from and about these children when they were 9 months old, 2 years old, 4 years old, and at kindergarten entry. This...

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    The National Policy Landscape

    1/13/09 - Kozleski, Elizabeth B.

    Gives an overview of state and national policies on EIS, PBS, disproportionality, etc.

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    The new digital divide: Where are our girls?

    1/16/09 - Kimberly Scott

    "Despite the presence of the first African American in America’s highest political position, this success does not necessarily cross gender and/or social class boundaries. Importantly, women of color are less likely to enter technology fields than White females (see Goode & Margolis, 2004; Margolis & Fisher, 2003; NSF, 2006) To explain this phenomenon requires consideration of how a girl’s race, gender, social class, context, and community involvement work together to create their...

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    The State of Equity in Public Schools Webinar

    1/13/10 - Equity Alliance at ASU,, Kathleen King

    We will start by focusing on understanding the contexts and outcomes of disparities in access and achievement for students in the United States, and then move onto looking at how these contexts play out as de/segregation and equity issues in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Then we’ll move on to and talk about some efforts being made to address these disparities. Finally, we’ll provide some tools and information for schools as they examine their own policies and practices in their...

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    The value of reliable data

    1/3/09 - National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality,

    This brief outlines how to use the Interactive Data Tools from the TQ Center. These tools enable users to extract valuable customized information on teacher preparation and present several illustrations that reflect real questions and answers that the TQ Center has received from its constituents.

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    They're not little kids anymore: The special challenges of new teachers in high schools and middle schools

    1/3/09 - National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality,

    Generation Y teachers want to shake up the stagnant education system, according to a survey of first-year teachers commissioned by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The freedom to be creative, the power to make a difference, opportunities to grow, rewards, and an end to the one-size-fits-all model of instruction is what new teachers say will improve the quality of education, according to the nationwide survey of 865 teachers in...

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