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Atchison, Bruce; Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Policymakers and educators continue to grapple with issues of persistent achievement gaps in student performance at third grade and beyond. As they do, they look for ways to create a more seamless system of education that is "connected from one stage to the next -- reducing the chances that students will be lost along the way or require…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Alignment (Education), School Readiness, Preschool Children
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Nicholson, Julie; Lin, Betty; Maniates, Helen; Woolley, Ristyn; Groves, Michelle Grant; Engdahl, Eric – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2018
This study examines how, if at all, multiple subjects and administrative services credential preparation programs are changing in response to California's newest grade, Transitional Kindergarten (TK). We analyzed interviews from university faculty in early childhood education and credential programs in five institutions of higher education and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Transitional Programs, Kindergarten
Faxon-Mills, Susannah; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Gomez, Celia J.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
The Big Lift is a collective impact initiative extending from preschool to third grade in San Mateo County, California. The collective impact effort consists of people and organizations from various sectors uniting to tackle a single, complicated societal problem -- in this case, third grade reading achievement. The initiative is a partnership of…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Reading Skills, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
The Big Lift™ (Big Lift) is a preschool to third-grade initiative designed to boost literacy skills and ensure that children are reading proficiently by the third grade. First launched in 2012 by the County of San Mateo, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the San Mateo County Office of Education, Big Lift comprises more than 300…
Descriptors: Preschools, Preschool Children, Early Reading, Reading Skills
Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
Launched in 2012, The Big Lift is a collective impact initiative extending from preschool to third grade that aims to boost children's reading proficiency in San Mateo County, California, through four different types of activities, called "pillars": (1) High-Quality Preschool, (2) Summer Learning, (3) School Attendance, and (4) Family…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Outcomes of Education, Elementary Schools
Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
The Big Lift™ (Big Lift) is a preschool-third-grade collective impact initiative in San Mateo County, California. The initiative is a partnership of the County of San Mateo, San Mateo County Office of Education, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Launched in 2012, the initiative aims to boost children's reading proficiency by third grade…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Outcomes of Education, Elementary Education
Hurwitz, Anya; Olsen, Laurie – Migration Policy Institute, 2018
In early childhood education and care programs across the United States, there is a growing need for effective approaches to teaching in classrooms where children come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Many of the tried and trusted models for supporting Dual Language Learners (DLLs) were developed in more homogeneous or…
Descriptors: Models, Teaching Methods, Teacher Surveys, Early Childhood Education
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Banes, Leslie C.; Ambrose, Rebecca C.; Bayley, Robert; Restani, Rachel M.; Martin, Heather A. – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2018
This mixed-method study examines the relationship between classroom discussion and student performance in twenty 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in northern California with 50% English language learners (ELLs). Discussions were scored on features including use of multiple approaches for solving problems, students' opportunities to speak, equitable…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Tests, Problem Solving
Children Now, 2018
Lack of progress for improving the lives of kids is unacceptable. All children need stability and a path to opportunity. This is true for nearly half of California's children who live in low-income families, where caregivers struggle to afford the quality support and services they need for their kids. This is also true for the approximately…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
This report reviews and analyzes California policies that are designed to support early learning in children from birth through age five years. The analysis is limited to early childhood (EC) education-related programs and supports that are likely to directly affect children's cognitive and social development. The information in the report comes…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education
Suter, Jayna – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to ascertain the degree to which a relationship exists between teacher-reported technology integration in the classroom and student math achievement of classrooms containing third through fifth grade students in one Southern California school district, as measured by a standardized…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Correlation, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Tests
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Neelon, Marisa; Brian, Kelley; Iaccopucci, Anne M.; Lewis, Kendra M.; Worker, Steven M. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Measuring program outcomes is required for documenting effectiveness of interventions with youths participating in programs funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) initiative. The California CYFAR program provided programming for youths aged 5-8, which necessitated the development of an…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Young Children, Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Larsen, Andrew L.; Liao, Yue; Alberts, Janel; Huh, Jimi; Robertson, Trina; Dunton, Genevieve F. – Journal of School Health, 2017
Background: Few nutrition interventions in kindergarten classes have been evaluated, and none has been tested for program effectiveness, implementation, and dissemination. Building a Healthy Me (BHM) is a nutrition intervention for kindergarteners that is classroom-based and includes a family component. This study evaluated the public health…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Intervention, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Bruni, Coral M.; Winter, Patricia L.; Schultz, P. Wesley; Omoto, Allen M.; Tabanico, Jennifer J. – Environmental Education Research, 2017
People in industrialized countries may be losing their connection with nature. The Get to Know Program (Get to Know) is a multi-faceted program aimed at encouraging direct connection with nature through a variety of activities (observations of wildlife, hiking, creative arts, and special events), specifically among youth. Three studies assessed…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Youth Programs
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Maniates, Helen – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2017
This article examines how three urban elementary school teachers adapted pedagogical strategies from a school district--adopted core reading program to increase their students' access to the curriculum. Using teacher interviews and classroom observations to construct a descriptive case study of teacher adaptation, analysis reveals that the…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Access to Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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