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Plaut, Susan, Ed.; Sharkey, Nancy S., Ed. – 2003
This collection of articles focuses on connections between education policy and teaching and learning practice. The articles place special emphasis on teaching in urban settings and on improving teacher-student interactions in the classroom. The articles--organized around three major themes: (1) race, culture, power, and language; (2) teacher…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Environment, Educational Policy
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Montoya, Colleen, Ed. – R&D Alert, 1999
This quarterly newsletter covers educational issues affecting schools in WestEd's 4-state region (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah) and nationwide. This Summer 1999 edition contains a lead article entitled "Reading for Understanding: A Modern Urban Success Story," which describes a course in "academic literacy," developed by educators Ruth…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Effectiveness
Banford, Howard; Berkman, Myron; Chin, Carole; Cziko, Christine; Fecho, Bob; Jumpp, Deborah; Miller, Carole; Resnick, Marci – 1996
The Urban Sites Network of the National Writing Project was conceived, designed, and implemented as a national teacher inquiry network for urban sites of the National Writing Project. The goal of the Urban Sites Network has been to develop, articulate, and implement a new agenda for National Writing Project sites serving larger cities. Over the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques
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Greenleaf, Cynthia L.; Schoenbach, Ruth; Cziko, Christine; Mueller, Faye L. – Harvard Educational Review, 2001
In Reading Apprenticeships, teachers serve as "master readers" of texts, engaging in collaborative inquiry with students. Reading is demystified through metacognitive conversations that draw on readers' self-knowledge. Academically underperforming students gained an average of 2 years' reading growth in 1 academic year using the approach.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Metacognition, Reading Improvement
Cziko, Christine – Quarterly of the National Writing Project and the Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, 1995
Discusses how an English teacher in an inner-city, comprehensive high school used dialogue journals to bridge the chasm between the teacher's academic intentions and the private and social intentions the students hold for themselves. Suggests that finding ways to connect students' social interests to academic intentions can result in powerful…
Descriptors: Dialog Journals, English Instruction, High Schools, Interpersonal Communication
Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia; Cziko, Christine; Hurwitz, Lori – 1999
Many middle school and high school students have difficulty reading and understanding academic texts, which limits their ability to meet today's high learning standards. This guidebook addresses this quiet but growing crisis. Aimed at content area teachers in secondary schools, the guidebook describes a successful approach to helping students…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, High Schools