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Gersten, Russell; Dimino, Joseph; Jayanthi, Madhavi; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca; Taylor, Mary Jo – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The ESEA Blueprint for Reform states that teachers need "effective, ongoing, job-embedded, professional development that is targeted to student and school needs… [and] aligned with evidence of improvements in student learning." Unfortunately, the professional development approaches advocated, though sensible and compelling in theory,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Vocabulary Development, Observation, Grade 1
Bright, Lisa M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Studies have examined methods of communication between home and school and the resulting impact on parents' satisfaction and students' academic achievement. However, there is insufficient information concerning the use of technology to support parental involvement, especially in the area of social media. Drawing from overlapping spheres of…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent Surveys, Parents, Elementary School Curriculum
Center for American Progress, 2013
Despite constraints on federal resources and authority in education policy, the federal government has a pivotal role to play in identifying a compelling, high-impact focal point that aligns policy priorities at the federal, state, and local levels. The federal government could play a critical role in expanding students' access to excellent…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Access to Education, Federal Aid, Educational Finance
Quinn, Kerry – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The improvement of schools has been a central discussion among educators, legislators, and stakeholders, with professional development being acknowledged as a fundamental topic for the success of the education system. Studying the alignment of professional development programs provided at Title I Achieving schools to NCLB research based…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Alignment (Education), Faculty Development, Educational Legislation
Gainous, Bridget Fabrienne – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The No Child Left Behind Act mandates that all elementary and secondary students achieve 100% proficiency in reading by 2014. Guided by constructivist theories of Dewey and Vygotsky, which hold that individuals learn through experiences and through social interactions with others, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Reading Achievement, Elementary School Students
Bruner, Charles; Discher, Anne – Child and Family Policy Center, 2013
Iowa established the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SVPP) in 2007. It has grown to be the largest--although not the only--public preschool program in the state. It is available without regard to family income. Iowa also supports preschool for low-income children through its Shared Visions program and Early Childhood Iowa, the…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Competency Based Education, Access to Education, Public Schools
Johnson, Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Since the inception of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, instructional coaching has increased in low-performing schools with limited research. Practices of instructional coaches have varied greatly and the impact on school improvement is unknown. This study analyzed daily log entries of instructional coaches serving 23 Title I and three School…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Effective Schools Research
Colorado Children's Campaign, 2013
"Kids Count in Colorado!" is an annual publication of the Children's Campaign, providing state and county level data on child well-being factors including child health, education, and economic status. Since its first release 20 years ago, "Kids Count in Colorado!" has become the most trusted source for data and information on…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Program Effectiveness
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Desimone, Laura; Smith, Thomas M.; Phillips, Kristie J. R. – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: Most reforms in elementary education rely on teacher learning and improved instruction to increase student learning. This study increases our understanding of which types of professional development effectively change teaching practice in ways that boost student achievement. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study:…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Instruction
Hooker, Dawn – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The amount of research on successful Title One Schools is woefully inadequate. Because so much money has been allocated for this program, more in depth research is imperative. A qualitative exploratory case study of one school and eight participants, including a principal, an assistant principal, a math coach and four teachers, focuses on the…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Principals
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Kaplan, Sandra N. – Gifted Child Today, 2013
This article focuses on the concept of diversity in educational decision making. It is noted that the differences that distinguish the needs, interests and abilities are identified by educators. It lists misconceptions resulting from not attending to within-group diversity, and states that a "loss of self" for individual members of…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Academically Gifted, Minority Group Students, Individual Differences
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Boyd, Joshua – Music Educators Journal, 2013
Students are motivated when they have a constant system of rewards. They have a desire to please others and be recognized. It was with this idea in mind that the Smokey Road Middle School Band in Newman, Georgia, started using the "Power in the Progress System" in 2011. This system, created by H. Dwight Satterwhite, a professor of music…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Positive Reinforcement, Middle School Students
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Perrine, William M. – Music Educators Journal, 2013
Race to the Top is the latest in a line of federal programs reshaping K-12 education. This article traces the history and goals of Race to the Top, with particular attention paid to the means by which practicing classroom teachers are evaluated and held accountable for student learning as measured by standardized tests. Implications for music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability
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Rowe, Deborah; Fain, Jeanne Gilliam – Language Arts, 2013
The Family Backpack Project provided 249 low-income, prekindergarten children and their families with opportunities to read and listen to audio recordings of 3 sets of books in their homes. Families received English or dual-language texts (English plus Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, or Somali) matched to their home languages. Children and their…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Low Income Groups, Preschool Children, Family Programs
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE, 2013
Given the number of young children experiencing homelessness and its devastating impacts on development, preschool programs play a critical role in meeting these children's need for quality early care and education; yet, most young homeless children do not receive early childhood services. Many barriers limit access to early childhood programs for…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Best Practices
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