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Junge, Melissa; Krvaric, Sheara – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2014
Americans are increasingly divided over education policy. But education debates overlook one very important and basic fact: even good policies fail if they are poorly implemented, and it is hard to evaluate a policy's merit if it is not implemented well. That may seem obvious, but time and again policies fail because of a lack of attention to the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, School Law, Elementary Secondary Education, Lawyers
Grantmakers for Education, 2014
Teachers are critical to the success of education grantmaking strategies, yet in talking with them we discovered that the world of philanthropy is often a mystery. GFE's Toolkit for Teacher Engagement aims to assist funders in authentically and effectively involving teachers in the education reform and innovation process. Built directly from the…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Teacher Participation
Johnson, L.; Adams Becker, S.; Estrada, V.; Freeman, A. – New Media Consortium, 2014
"The NMC Horizon Report" series is the most visible outcome of the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project, an ongoing research effort established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within every sector of education in some 65…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Technological Advancement
McKnight, Katherine – Free Spirit Publishing, 2014
Based on the original source document for the Common Core State Standards and tested by 1,000 educators in diverse classrooms across the country, these research-based tools will help readers examine their current practices and adapt existing curriculum. Each of the 40 tools is clearly presented, explained, and exemplified, guiding educators…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Guides, Educational Practices, Curriculum Development
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Smith, Sean J.; Basham, James D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2014
With the growth in blended and fully online K-12 instruction, all students, including those with disabilities, are finding online learning a viable option to address learner variability. Personalized learning or the individualized education program appears to align well with the many features of blended and fully online instruction. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Davidson, Rosemary – Science Teacher, 2014
As a chemistry teacher, Rosemary Davidson has found "infographics" (information graphics) successfully engage her students in science--not only in carrying out the research for classroom projects but also in presenting the results of their research to their peers. This article will help teachers integrate student-created infographics…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific and Technical Information, Chemistry
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Rybczynski, Stephen; Li, Zheng; Hickey, R. James – Science Teacher, 2014
Civilization simply would not exist without plants, yet their importance is often overlooked. As the nation's ability to respond to the botanical challenges associated with food production, climate change, invasive species, and biodiversity loss continues to decrease (Kramer, Zorn- Arnold, and Havens 2010), educators must discourage this…
Descriptors: Botany, Plants (Botany), Inquiry, Ecology
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Houseal, Ana K.; Ellsworth, Peter C. – Science and Children, 2014
The fact that "The Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") are standards and not curriculum (NRC 2012, p. xiv) means that while they tell teachers what to teach, they do not tell them "how" science shall be taught. Ana Houseal and Peter Ellsworth have worked with eight Wyoming school districts on the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Education, Guidelines, Research
Parsons, Seth A.; Nuland, Leila Richey; Parsons, Allison Ward – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Student engagement is an important consideration for teachers and administrators because it is explicitly associated with achievement. What the authors call the ABC's of engagement they outline as: Affective engagement, Behavioral engagement, and Cognitive engagement. They also present "Three Things Every Teacher Needs to Know about…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Affective Behavior, Behavioral Objectives
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Miller, Emily; Januszyk, Rita – Science and Children, 2014
To teachers of diverse classrooms, more rigorous standards in science may seem intimidating, as the past years of rigid accountability have failed to close the achievement gap. However, the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") were written with all students in mind, with input and full review by a diversity and equity…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Student Diversity
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Phillips, Amber; Rodenbeck, Myshel; Clegg, Bethany – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2014
Physical education teachers have been encouraged to use technology in their classes to enhance student motivation and learning. The purpose of this article is to share iOS applications (apps) that K-12 physical education teachers and students have found useful.
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Physical Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Breault, Rick – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
State and national standards, taken as is, can limit the potential of the curriculum and skilled teachers. The ideas presented here suggest ways in which we might better scrutinize standards for their potential richness and limitations in order to enrich our instruction.
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Performance Factors
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Açikalin, Mehmet – Journal of Social Science Education, 2014
This article provides an example of a social studies lesson from Turkish educational context in order to facilitate comparison with examples of social studies lessons from other parts of the world. This lesson was recorded in a 7th grade class at a middle school in one of the metropolitan neighborhoods in Istanbul. According to the current…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Civil Rights, Comparative Education
Baker, Bruce D.; Sciarra, David G.; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2014
The third edition of the National Report Card examines the condition of states' finance systems as the country emerges from the Great Recession, but is still wrestling with its consequences. As in prior editions, this Third Edition of the National Report Card continues to make the case for states to take immediate and longer-term action to improve…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Aspen Institute, 2014
In the summer of 2012, thousands of teachers across the United States attended several days of professional development workshops. The workshops, which focused on the Common Core State Standards, were part of a Tennessee Department of Education initiative in teacher leadership. The department recruited and trained 200 highly-effective teachers to…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, State Standards, Program Implementation, Capacity Building
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