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    Professional Learning Communities: A Promising Practice for Integrating Novice Special Education Teachers into the School Culture

    1/1/10 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Collaboration among novice special education teachers and their general education colleagues can bolster the impact of induction programs for all novice teachers, including special education teachers. Strong, supportive collaborative structures also can influence novice special education teacher retention. A Professional Learning Community—the topic of this Brief—is a promising collaborative structure for engaging these novice teachers in the professional school culture.

  • Ready to Succeed in the Classroom: Findings from Teacher Discussion Groups on their experiences and aspirations teaching students in the foster care system

    1/1/10 - The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning for the Stuart Foundation and the Ready to Succeed Leadership Team

    B y the time children enter the foster care system, they are likely to have experienced a variety of emotional, physical and psychological harms. These accumulated hurts affect children to varying degrees. With caring support and interventions, many can overcome the hurdles that (through no fault of their own) have been placed in their way. Still, the path to a healthy, happy adulthood is often arduous — with many of the most glaring difficulties manifesting themselves in the...

  • Reversing the "standard" direction: Science emerging from the lives of African American students

    1/1/01 - Seiler, Gale

    Recognizing the persistent science achievement gap between inner-city African American students and students from mainstream, White society, this article suggests that the imposition of external standards on inner-city schools will do little to ameliorate this gap because such an approach fails to address the significance of the social and cultural lives of the students. Instead, it is suggested that the use of critical ethnographic research would enable educators to learn from the students...

  • Review of Black American students in an affluent suburb: A study of academic disengagement

    1/1/05 - Drain, J. Denise

    Reviews the book, <i>Black American students in an affluent suburb: A study of academic disengagement</i> by J. U. Ogbu (see record 2003-04692-000). The purpose of this book is to report findings of a research project that investigated the achievement gap between African American and White students in the community of Shaker Heights, OH. The topic of the racial achievement gap is quite current and interesting to many school administrators, government agencies, and community leaders. The...

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    The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped

    1/8/10 - Barton, P. and Coley, R.

    This report discusses trends in the gap between Black and White educational attainment, school achievement, and contextual factors from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time.There is widespread awareness that there is a very substantial gap between the educational achievement of the White and the Black population in our nation, and that the gap is as old as the nation itself. Barton and Coley explore topics that remain sensitive in public discussion in their search for...

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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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