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    English Language Learners

    1/3/09 - National Council of Teachers of English,

    In the largest sense, all students are learning English, and each ELL student falls at a different point on the spectrums of experiences. One thing is certain: there is no one profile for an ELL student, nor is one single response adequate to meet their educational goals and needs. ELL students are a diverse group that offers challenges and opportunities to U.S. education and to English language arts teachers in particular.

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    Forum guide to data ethics

    1/1/10 - National Forum on Education Statistics,

    "Each and every day, educators collect and use data about students, staff, and schools. Some of these data originate in individual student and staff records that are confidential or otherwise sensitive. And even those data that are a matter of public record, such as aggregate school enrollment, need to be accessed, presented, and used in an ethically responsible manner. While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish fundamental principles of "right and wrong" that...

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    Fostering Emotional Literacy in Young Children: Labeling Emotions

    1/18/09 - G. Joseph , P. Strain, 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.Emotional literacy is the ability to identify...

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    How can early intervening services and responsiveness to intervention work together?

    1/3/09 - National Research Center on Learning Disabilities,

    This 2007 brief explains the connection between Early Intervening Services (EIS) as stipulated in the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA and Responsiveness to Intervention. It was created by the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities and could be of use for families who are looking for foundational information regarding EIS and RTI.

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    How progress monitoring assists decision making in a response to instruction framework

    1/14/09 - Speece, D.

    This 2007 brief studies an RTI model as a method of identifying children for special education services. Two children are discussed, whose profiles illustrate different aspects of the progress monitoring--RTI interface. It was presented by Deborah Speece and released by the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring.

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    How to Determine if Racial Disproportionality is Based in Policy, Procedures or Practice

    1/2/09 - Sue Gamm

    Examines policy, procedures, and practices that relate to the rate of disproportionality of racial minorities in special education

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    Instructional Decision-Making Procedures: Ensuring Appropriate Instruction for Struggling Students

    1/1/10 - Bryant, Diane Pedrotty

    The purpose of this booklet is to provide campus-based administrators and educators with procedures for ensuring appropriate instruction for students struggling with reading, mathematics, and behavior, and for students who are English language learners (ELL). The procedures in this booklet can be used by educators and school teams to identify effective instructional practices and interventions to reduce referrals to special education.

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    Instructional Models and Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

    1/24/10 - Ani C. Moughamian, Mabel O. Rivera, David J. Francis

    While some states (Arizona, California, Florida, and Massachusetts) have passed laws detailing the types of educational programs available to English language learners, others have not. Teachers who have not been trained to work with ELLs must make decisions about the types of instructional programs and strategies they will offer these students. This publication seeks to offer educators and policy-makers guidance on strategies that have been effective in instructing English language learners.

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    Learning how much quality is necessary to get to good results in children

    1/9/10 - National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education,

    "How good does an early childhood program have to be in order to achieve school readiness outcomes for children? This is known as the “threshold question,” and policy makers and others have wanted an answer to this question since the onset of public investments in early care and education (ECE) programs. With expansion of Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs for three- and four-year-old children, this question is getting even more attention."

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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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    Promoting Children’s School Readiness: Rethinking the Levers for Change

    1/30/10 - National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education,

    "Growing public investments in ECE, especially prekindergarten (pre-k), make understanding of how different research findings fit together increasingly important. This NCRECE In Focus offers teachers and administrators direction in this regard by looking at how two prominent “puzzle pieces” fit together."

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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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    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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    Teacher learning for inclusive education: A framework for embracing diversity

    1/6/09 - Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Federico Waitoller

    This presentation covers aspects of teaching for inclusive education, teacher education, professional learning schools, and the PLS curriculum.

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    Teachers' Use of Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: 2009

    1/5/10 - Lucinda Gray , Nina Thomas , Laurie Lewis

    "This First Look report presents data from a spring 2009 Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on the availability and use of educational technology by public elementary/secondary school teachers. The teacher survey includes information on the use of computers and Internet access in the classroom; availability and use of computing devices, software, and school or district networks (including remote access) by teachers; students' use of educational technology; teachers' preparation to use...

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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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