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Area: SCHOOL:culture of change and improvement

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    Expanded time, enriching experiences: Expanded learning time schools and community organization partnerships

    1/1/10 - Kathleen Traphagen, Christine Johnson_Staub

    "We chose to study four standard district public schools in Massachusetts and one public charter school in New Jersey. We focused on Massachusetts because it is the only state where ELT is a statewide, publicly funded initiative. The Massachusetts ELT initiative is administered by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or ESE, and supported by a unique public-private partnership with the nonprofit intermediary Massachusetts 2020. We were interested in examining how...

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    Good professional development in schools: How does leadership contribute?

    1/7/10 - Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

    This good practice report considers what makes continuing professional development work so well in successful schools. It identifies four key questions that effective school leaders regularly ask themselves about the quality of their arrangements for professional development. The report then sets out the key characteristics of good practice associated with the four areas and illustrates these to help all schools learn from the examples. It also identifies three barriers that confront schools.

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    Guide for Coaching Dialogues

    1/6/09 - Elaine Mulligan

    NIUSI-LeadScape coaching supports school leaders in their work to lead change, as well as serving as a model for school leaders to coach teachers and staff in implementing inclusive practices

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    Implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Support

    1/13/09 - Rob Horner, George Sugai, Anne Todd

    This presentation specifically focuses on implementation planning, evaluation and overcoming barriers to school-wide PBS.

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    Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success

    1/10/11 - Gross, B.

    The research shows that allowing schools to develop their own mission, granting them freedom over their budgets and personnel, and holding them accountable for performance can have valuable effects in schools and for the educational system more broadly. The freedom given to charter schools can lead to new programs serving diverse needs, to higher expectations for low-income and minority students, to more schoolfocused professional norms for teachers and leaders, and to new ways to hire...

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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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    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 and English Learners

    1/24/10 - Echevarria,J. , Hasbrouck, J.

    This brief from the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE), outlines the tiered structure of RTI and how it can be implemented as an effective technique for teaching English learners who are having difficulty making academic progress.

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    RTI Ideas You Can Use

    1/1/10 - The IDEA Partnership

    Representatives of national organizations, who are engaged with their stakeholders on the issue of RTI, offer suggestions for sharing and dialogue based on the amount of time available to you. Additionally, suggested activities, materials, and resources were identified as possible valuable tools for your use.

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    School-wide Positive Behavior Support

    1/13/09 - Rob Horner, George Sugai

    This presentation gives an overview of PBS including the logic, core features, implementation approach, and classroom managment.

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    Schoolwide Instructional Design: Clustering students and teachers for optimal early intervening

    1/14/09 - Elaine Mulligan

    Schoolwide Instructional Design reflects a dynamic system that may change throughout the year and from year to year in response to: Students’ needs, Changes in student population, Changes in staffing.

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    Strengthening Partnerships Between Special Education Teacher Educators and Schools

    1/12/10 - Rosenberg, M. S., Brownell, M., McCray, E. D., deBettencourt, L. U., Leko, M., & Long, S.

    Special education preservice teachers benefit from participating in programs where there is a strong partnership between school district and university faculty. Learn more about two programs— Alternative Route Certification and Professional Development Schools—that offer promising opportunities for partnerships and what policymakers can do to support them.

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    The Madison Story: Vision into Reality –Inclusive, Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Schools

    1/13/09 - Jack Jorgensen, Sue Abplanalp

    This presentation goes over the following topics: Learning About Data Purpose, Collection and Analysis to Create Change; Understanding a Process from Exclusionary Practices to Inclusionary Practices; Discovering Two Effective Change Models; Discovering Teaming Tools; Planning for the Future

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    The Reflective Principal

    1/1/06 - Gail McGregor & Christine Salisbury

    This booklet was developed as part of the activities of the Principal’s Project, a federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.The insights and strategies described in this booklet were derived from our direct involvement with principals in four states over a three year period. Our partnership with these principals involved gathering information to assist us in understanding the context, culture, and process of change in these...

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