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    What is service learning: A guide for parents

    1/3/09 - Kaye, C.B.

    Service learning takes place in schools and youth groups across America. Service-learning connects classroom studies with the natural caring and concern young people have for their world. Service-learning allows young people to contribute to solving problems by helping others in their school community, their neighborhood, or around the world. When students apply what they are learning in ways that help others, the results are memorable. Students gain lessons that last a lifetime. While...

  • What Parents of students with disabilities need to know and do

    1/1/06 - Cortiella, C. , National center on educational outcomes; Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Naitonal Association of State Directors of Special Educaiton (NASDSE); U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.

    The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are two of the nation’s most important federal laws relating to the education of children. While NCLB seeks to improve the education of all children — with an emphasis on children from low- income families — IDEA focuses on the individual child and seeks to ensure specialized services for children with disabilities so that they may benefi t from education. Lately, these two...

  • Why Closing the Research-Practice Gap Is Critical to Closing Student Achievement Gaps

    1/1/07 - Cooper, Laura A.

    Part of a special issue on research in the service of practice. The work of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) counters the notion that K-12 educators fail to value research. MSAN educators see that closing of the research-practice divide is critical to closing of student achievement gaps in racially diverse school districts. Moreover, three roles for research are evident in the work of MSAN: organizing and disseminating research-based knowledge, building capacity to assess...

  • “The Information Gap?”

    1/1/06 - Teske, Paul, Fitzpatrick, Jody, Kaplan, Gabriel

    While the “achievement gap” generally and appropriately focuses upon gaps in test scores and other outcome measures, there may also be an “information gap” between higher and lower income parents that creates a disadvantage for lower income families in choosing good schools. In this article, we examine the extent to which there is such a gap, with a focus on data from a new survey of low- and moderate-income parents who have made school choices. We find that, at least in relatively...

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