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Mazzariello, Amy; Ganga, Elizabeth; Edgecombe, Nikki – Education Commission of the States, 2018
This resource, released in collaboration with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, explains the importance of developmental education, its current challenges and how policymakers can contribute to improving outcomes.
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Instruction, Educational Benefits, Educational Policy
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Providing teachers with data-driven feedback, aligned professional development and opportunities for advancement may help limit attrition, contribute to more effective teaching, and improve student learning. However, research shows that much of the professional development teachers currently receive does not improve either teacher or student…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Legislation, Faculty Development, Teacher Promotion
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Teacher evaluations can be used by states and districts to support and develop an exceptional workforce. Accurate evaluations based on quality data can help differentiate teacher performance, inform feedback, improve professional development, provide opportunities for pay increases and advancement, and provide rationale for teacher dismissals. Yet…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Problems, Educational Trends
Whinnery, Erin; Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2018
A governor's State of the State address is an opportunity to outline policy priorities, highlight past accomplishments and reflect on the condition of the state and country. In 2018, 17 governors are serving their last year in office, having reached the end of their term or deciding not to seek re-election. Many of them used their State of the…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Statewide Planning, Educational Finance, Labor Force Development
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Districts across the country are facing severe shortages of teachers--especially in certain subjects (math, science, special education, career and technical education, and bilingual education) and in specific schools (urban, rural, high-poverty, high-minority, and low-achieving). The severity of the teacher shortage problem varies significantly by…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, State Legislation
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Sinclair, Jeanne; Lau, Clarissa – Language and Education, 2018
It is common practice for K-12 schools to assess multilingual students' language proficiency to determine language support program placement. Because such programs can provide essential scaffolding, the policies guiding these assessments merit careful consideration. It is well accepted that quality assessments must be valid (representative of the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Placement
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Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Vomvoridi-Ivanovic, Eugenia; Duran, James – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2018
In response to the demand to produce highly qualified teachers to fill teacher vacancies in high-need middle school areas while simultaneously strengthening the teacher preparation process, this article highlights how an innovative partnership with a very large school district and multiple colleges within a metropolitan university resulted in a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Educational Innovation
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Johnson, Melissa L. – Honors in Practice, 2018
Countless articles in the news, combined with colorful anecdotes from faculty and staff, share common complaints about helicopters, lawnmowers, bulldozers, and snowplows--not transportation options on campus but rather parents of college students who stay actively involved in their students' lives. Honors faculty and administrators are tempted to…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Higher Education
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Johnson, Melissa L.; Plattner, Alexander S.; Hundley, Lauren – Honors in Practice, 2018
The purpose of this article is to describe the most recent blogging project in an honors course--a collaborative student-success blog written for and by honors students. The project was conceived as the primary project for the course Honors Professional Development: Community Outreach for sophomores in the University of Florida Honors Program.…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Collaborative Writing
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Salinas, Cristobal; Elliott, Kayla; Allen, Keven; McEwan, Deborah; King, Corey; Boldon, Christopher – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2018
Through a qualitative study, the authors aim to understand how does spirituality influence Black male community college students' success. Spirituality has various definitions between races, cultures, and environments, it is important to define spirituality and to understand the context in which it connects with the demographic spirituality is…
Descriptors: Role, Spiritual Development, Religious Factors, African American Students
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Aguilar, Olivia – Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
Given the growing attention to community environmental education (CEE), this study develops a theoretical heuristic for this approach through a retroductive process by (1) examining theories appropriate for a CEE conceptual framework; (2) testing this framework in diverse contexts to determine its viability, and (3) reconceptualizing the…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Transformative Learning, Community Education, Models
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Skelly, C.; Hall, C.; Risher, C.; Brown, B. – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Objective: This study examined the sexual health knowledge of female undergraduate college students before and following a peer to peer, sexual health education intervention. Participants: Sixty-nine students participated in the study. Methods: Undergraduate female students from a central Florida private college completed paper-pencil…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Females, Undergraduate Students, Interpersonal Relationship
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Newberry, Milton G., III; Israel, Glenn D. – Journal of Extension, 2018
We explored the motivations for and psychological benefits gained from participating in the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP). We surveyed 3,904 participants, and 1,983 participants responded with completed questionnaires, for a 50.79% response rate. Florida master naturalists participated to learn, help the environment, and act on…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Educational Benefits, Environmental Education, Extension Education
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Jones, Jennifer A.; Pracht, Dale; Simonne, Eric; Renfrow, Kelsey; Hunter, Caitlin – Journal of Extension, 2018
Strategic collaboration between Extension faculty and nonprofit organizations has the potential to reduce costs, generate revenue, and improve programmatic outcomes for all involved. Through a mixed-methods pilot study, we examined how and to what extent such collaboration exists. Data sources included the National Center for Charitable…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Partnerships in Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Mixed Methods Research
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Forthun, Larry F.; Fogarty, Kate; Rudd, Shelby; Bartolomeo, Susan; Mighty, Peggy D. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Grandparents who take on primary responsibility for raising grandchildren face unique family challenges while helping reduce the burden on the foster care system. The GRandS (Grandfamily Resilience and Sustainability) Program was a family life education program designed with three fundamental goals: (a) increase grandparent caregivers' knowledge…
Descriptors: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregiver Training, Extension Education, Family Life Education
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