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Area: School:Culture of Change and Improvement

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    Addressing Discrimination in School Matters

    1/9/09 - Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "Every student has the right to an education free from discrimination that provides high-quality, equitable opportunities to learn. Unfortunately, sometimes individuals or systems may act in ways that violate this right. Discrimination occurs when people are treated unequally or less favorably than others because of some real or perceived characteristic. In every community and every school, discrimination exists in both intended and unintended ways. It may take the form of direct, overt...

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    Culturally responsive coaching for inclusive schools: A guide to planning your LeadScape Coaching Dialogues

    1/13/10 - Mulligan, Elaine, Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "NIUSI-LeadScape coaching consists of a series of structured, one-on-one, interactions between a coach and coachee aimed at enhancing the coachee’s effectiveness in developing inclusive school practices. These interactions can be face to face, by telephone, or combined with team meetings as required. Coaching can be used to support teachers, support personnel, instructional leaders, or school principals as needed to reinforce inclusive practices. Coaching addresses multiple layers of...

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    Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters!

    1/26/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "In 2000, Professor Geneva Gay wrote that culturally responsive teaching connects students’ cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles to academic knowledge and intellectual tools in ways that legitimize what students already know. By embracing the sociocultural realities and histories of students through what is taught and how, culturally responsive teachers negotiate classrooms cultures with their students that reflect the communities where students develop and grow...

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    On...Transformed, Inclusive Schools: A Framework to Guide Fundamental Change in Urban Schools

    1/24/08 - Diane L. Ferguson, Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Smith, Anne, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Multicultural education is not merely a set of skills and procedures learned at one point in time and applied over and over again. It is a process through which educators and other service providers learn to interpret and adapt to their personal encounters with one another. Through multicultural education, teachers and students become culturally responsive and competent, creating new pathways for communication and knowledge sharing (Liston & Zeichner, 1996).

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    A coherent approach to high school improvement: a needs assessment tool

    1/22/10 - Lindsay Fryer , Amy Johnson

    "The foundation for this needs assessment tool is the National High School Center’s Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework. This framework was developed to support researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all levels in their efforts to maximize the achievement of all high school students. The document outlines eight core elements that can be used as a lens for mapping school, district, and state high school improvement efforts in a comprehensive, systemic...

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    Adding value to discussions about value-added: A new framework for talking about teacher effectiveness

    1/16/09 - Raegen Miller

    "Past initiatives to improve teacher quality offer two general lessons. First, simplistic responses—across-the-board raises, more stringent licensure requirements, mandated professional development—are extremely expensive, utterly ineffective, or both. Only policies that tightly link incentives to desired results stand a chance of being effective and affordable. Clearly, making such links requires a robust approach to assessing teachers’ impact on outcomes of interest, especially...

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    AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

    1/23/10 - Laura J. Kotloff

    "Building on a long history of investments in OST learning, The Wallace Foundation launched an out-of-school learning initiative in 2003. The initiative was created to support citywide system-building efforts that could advance three interrelated goals for the OST field: improving program quality, making programs accessible to youth who need them most, and improving youth participation so more children can realize benefits. The Foundation granted funds to five cities to support their...

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    Alternative Schools and Programs for Public School Students At Risk of Educational Failure: 2007-08

    1/31/10 - Priscilla Rouse Carver, Laurie Lewis

    "This First Look report presents data from a recent district Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey about alternative schools and programs available to students during the 2007-08 school year. Alternative schools and programs are specifically designed to address the educational needs of students at risk of school failure in a setting apart from that of the regular public school. They can be administered by the district or an entity other than the district. The study includes information...

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    Building Inclusive Schools Webinar

    1/13/10 - Equity Alliance at ASU,

    The focus of this webinar is Building Inclusive Schools and provides activities and tools to use in your school to engage others in creating environments where all students belong, are included, and are empowered.

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    Changing the Odds for student success: What matters Most

    1/6/10 - Goodwin, B

    This report attempts to build on Neuman’s review, to include interventions that school can, and indeed, must do, to change the odds for students. Our view is that schools should be at the center of any effort to meet the needs of all students, is for no other reason than they are where millions of American students are currently educated. Those students need better opportunities today. Thus, the approach of this report is to determine principles and practices that can be employed right...

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    Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies

    1/1/08 - Skiba, R.J.

    Instituting classroom management principles has implications for the learning progress of all children, especially low-performing, poor, special education, and racial/ethnic minority children. Culturally Responsive Classroom Management (CRCM) is an approach to running classrooms with all children, [not simply for racial/ethnic minority children] in a culturally responsive way.

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    Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies

    1/1/08 - Skiba, R.J.

    Instituting classroom management principles has implications for the learning progress of all children, especially low-performing, poor, special education, and racial/ethnic minority children. Culturally Responsive Classroom Management (CRCM) is an approach to running classrooms with all children, [not simply for racial/ethnic minority children] in a culturally responsive way.

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    Dual-language programs in U.S. schools: An alternative to monocultural, monolingual education

    1/5/09 - Eugene Garcia, Bryant Jensen

    "Dual Language (DL) programs are relatively new in the United States. After the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1994, a large federal effort related to the education of dual language students was launched. It was at this point that the US Department of Education promoted the development of educational programs whose goal was dual language competency for both language minority students speaking a non-English home language as well as for students whose...

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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 older youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time

    1/5/10 - Sarah N. Deschenes, Amy Arbreton, Priscilla M. Little, Carla Herrera, Jean Baldwin Grossman, Heather B. Weiss, Diana Lee

    "It’s not just elementary school children who can benefit from strong after-school and other out-of-school time (OST) programs; middle- and high-school students stand to gain as well. But programs have found it is much tougher to recruit older than younger youth and make sure they participate in OST activities regularly. This study looks at almost 200 programs serving mostly disadvantaged young people in six cities that are building systems of out-of-school time programs. Delving into how...

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