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    Understanding Culture

    1/10/09 - Shelley Zion, Elizabeth Kozleski, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This OnPoint is the first in a series of three OnPoints that explore issues around culture and teaching. This OnPoint describes the way in which NIUSI defines culture and how to think about educational settings and scenarios from the point of view of culture. The second OnPoint in this series focuses on teacher’s identity. The third OnPoint addresses how classrooms are enriched by the funds of knowledge and assets that children and their families bring with them from their homes and...

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    Understanding English Language Learners' Needs and the Language Acquisition Process

    1/10/09 - Alicja Rieger, Ewa McGrail, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This OnPoint tackles the complexity of English language learners’ needs from our point of view. We are native Polish-speaking teacher educators who use our own experiences and knowledge as English language learners in methods courses that we teach in teacher education programs in the United States. We both were born and raised in Poland, and share our passion for our native language and culture with our students, who are either already practicing public school teachers or in the process of...

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    Closing the Achievement Gap:What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind

    1/2/09 - Pedro Noguera

    Examines multiple issues around the achievement gap and how to affect it.

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    Collaborative Planning in Middle School Mathematics: Meeting the needs of ALL students

    1/2/09 - Anna McTigue

    This presentation addresses a collaborative approach to teaching math in middle school that is designed for all the students in the classroom

  • Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Support Matters

    1/1/12 - Aydin Bal, Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Kathleen King Thorius,

    In this What Matters brief, we explore the critical role of addressing and supporting behavior and socialization in schools as educators, students, families, schools, and communities embrace the waves of diversity that surge through our schools and institutional systems.

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    Determining adequate yearly progress from kindergarten through grade 6 with Curriculum Based Measurement

    1/3/09 - National Center on Student Progress Monitoring,

    Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice that teachers can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their instruction for individual students or their entire class. Teachers identify goals for what their students will learn over time, measure their students' progress toward meeting these goals by comparing expected and actual rates of learning, and adjust their teaching as needed. The benefits of progress monitoring include accelerated learning for students who receive more...

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    Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

    1/14/09 - Deborah J. Short, Shannon Fitzsimmons

    This report explores challenges to improving the literacy of adolescent ELLs who must complete double the work of native English-speaking students and still reach the same performance standards. In response to these challenges, the report presents recommendations for meeting ELLs’ varying literacy needs, taking into account their educational background, native language literacy, and socioeconomic status. Double the Work is informed by expert advice and a review of relevant literature and...

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    Early childhood learning prevents youth violence

    1/16/09 - Richard E. Tremblay, Jean Gervais, Amélie Petitclerc

    "This report pulls together what we know so far about the causes and consequences of childhood aggression, and what parents, caregivers, educators and society as a whole ought to do about it."

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    Early literacy learning can be promoted through experiences with print and language

    1/3/09 - Masiello, T.

    Current thinking about early literacy learning was the focus of a research synthesis conducted by Anya Robyak, Tracy Masiello, Carol Trivette, Nicole Roper, and Carl Dunst at the Center for Early Literacy learning. These investigators examined 71 published papers, chapters, and books by current literacy experts, literacy centers, and professional organizations to assemble their recommendations for fostering early literacy learning. The researchers found that all sources of information...

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    Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008, First Look

    1/16/09 - Lucinda Gray, Laurie Lewis

    "This report provides national data on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. The data are the results of a national district-level survey that is one of a set that includes district, school, and teacher surveys on educational technology. Every year between 1994 and 2005 (with the exception of 2004), the Office of Educational Technology (OET) in the U.S. Department of Education asked the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES...

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    Effectiveness of Selected Supplemental Reading Comprehension Interventions: Findings from Two Student Cohorts

    1/5/10 - Susanne James-Burdumy , John Deke , Julieta Lugo-Gil , Nancy Carey , Alan Hershey , Russell Gersten , Rebecca Newman-Gonchar , Joseph Dimino , Kelly Haymond

    "Results after two years of using three reading comprehension curricula show gains from one program and no effects for the other two on reading comprehension for fifth-graders, according to a study released by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance in the Institute of Education Sciences. The study focused on whether 5th grade students in disadvantaged schools could be helped in making the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" by bolstering the...

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    Engagement-based sheltered instruction

    1/9/10 - Intercultural Development Research Association,

    "Are your English language learners meeting state standards and passing required tests? IDRA’s new research-based sheltered instruction model can assist you in improving the academic success of your English language learners."

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    Engaging Native American learners with rigor and cultural relevance

    1/26/09 - Abner Oakes, Traci Maday

    "In this Issue Brief, The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement identifies strategies that foster Native American student engagement and improved academic achievement. We begin by examining the distribution of Native students and then we explore three areas that are identified in the literature as promising strategies for improving educational outcomes for Native students: Instructional practices, Curriculum content, and School climate"

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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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