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    Underperforming schools and the education of vulnerable children and youth

    1/2/09 - Lisa Walker, Cheryl Smithgall

    "This brief presents findings from several Chapin Hall studies on vulnerable children and youth to raise the issue of what it would mean to improve academic achievement in underperforming schools. Vulnerable children and youth are those who experience crises or disruptions in their lives, often accompanied by parental absence or inability to meet their needs, such that they are likely to become involved with public systems. The brief provides evidence that a disproportionate number of these...

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    Understanding the Impact of Language Differences on Classroom Behavior

    1/18/09 - R. M. Santos , M. M. Ostrosky

    This What Works Brief is part of a continuing series of short, easy-to-read, “how to” information packets on a variety of evidence-based practices, strategies, and intervention procedures. The Briefs are designed to help teachers support young children’s social and emotional development. They include examples and vignettes that illustrate how practical strategies might be used in a variety of early childhood settings and home environments.

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    Understanding the Special Education Process

    1/10/09 - Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers,

    The chart below offers an overview of the special education process. It is not designed to show all steps or the specific details. It shows what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation and is identified as having a disability, through the development of an individualized education program (IEP). The process begins when someone (school staff, parents, etc.) makes a referral for an initial evaluation. An explanation of each numbered area follows the chart.

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    Using Eco-Mapping as a Research Tool

    1/19/09 - National Early Child Transition Center,

    "An eco-map is a graphic representation or visualization of the family and linkages to the larger social system including informal and formal supports. It illustrates how families exist within the context of their relationships with other individuals and institutions with which the family has contact. Utilizing an ecological model, the eco-map provides a visual display of any group of interconnections and relationships, providing a graphic image of the family system within the larger social...

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    Using strategy instruction to help struggling high schoolers understand what they read (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2007-No. 038)

    1/5/09 - Apthorp, H., Clark, T.

    This review sought to locate and summarize findings from rigorous, scientifically based studies of the effectiveness of strategy instruction-teaching students to use and articulate strategies that foster active, competent, self-regulated, and intentional learning-for helping struggling high school students improve their reading comprehension. The goal was to address information needs in the Central Region by identifying evidence-based practices intended to help high school teachers teach...

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    Waiting for the bus that never comes…an analogy for inclusion in 2009

    1/21/09 - Phyllis Jones

    When I was a young girl living in the North East of England, our main form of transport out of the small town was a public bus. My family and I would sit in the bus shelter waiting for the bus to arrive with a sense of positive anticipation of the trip we were going to take. However, on occasion we would wait and the bus would not arrive at the scheduled time; sometimes the bus was late and sometimes it did not come at all. On many of these occasions, we had to return home or change our...

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    Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in the Classroom

    1/2/09 - Christianne Corbett, Catherine Hill, Andresse St. Rose

    Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education makes clear that girls’ gains have not come at the expense of boys. In addition, the report goes beyond gender to look at other factors that influence student achievement—specifically family income level and race/ethnicity—and finds that many girls as well as boys are not acquiring the educational skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy. This report illustrates that while educational trends for both girls and...

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    Whose Child is this?

    1/21/09 - Joellen Killian

    As I walked down the hall of the bustling middle school with young people scurrying through the halls dashing from room to room to get to their next class, I heard a female adult voice rise above the din call out, “Whose child is this?” Puzzled, I turned toward the voice to see an adult standing next to a thin, perhaps 6th grade, student. The adult had a firm grip on the backpack strap that hung loosely from the young man’s back. Around the pair students flowed like water around rocks...

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    Why program quality matters for early childhood inclusion: recommendations for professional development

    1/3/09 - National Professional Development Center on Inclusion,

    Paper addresses the following: (1) recognized components of global program quality and the quality improvement movement; (2) the need for additional dimensions of program quality to define high quality inclusion, given the growing number of inclusive early childhood programs that serve young children with disabilities and their families (3) recommendations for infusing content on inclusive program quality in professional development using the <span class='abstract_italic'>who</span>, the...

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    Working Dads: Final Report of the Fathers at Work Initiative

    1/23/09 - Shayne Spaulding, Jean Baldwin Grossman, Dee Wallace

    "During the past several decades, many efforts have focused on the crisis that lies at the intersection of proliferating single-parent households, absent fathers and poverty. In 2001, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation launched Fathers at Work to test approaches for helping young low-income noncustodial fathers provide for themselves and their children; the project was designed to inform practitioners and policymakers about effective interventions for this population. Six community-based...

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