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Coffey, Kathryn N. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The Michigan Teacher Quality and Tenure Reform bill was signed into law in July 2011. The law mandated specific requirements for annual performance evaluation of all teachers and prohibited teacher evaluation as a subject of collective bargaining. The purpose of this phenomenological, collective case study was to describe the lived experiences of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Phenomenology
Spruill, James E. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
As states adopt the common core state standards and next generation assessments for the 2014-2015 school year, the importance of students' technology literacy will increase Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The next generation assessments will require students to complete technology performance tasks. For the first time in mandatory testing,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Technological Literacy
Hakim, Khalel – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this study was to describe and explain the 5th grade mathematics teaching practice of an African American female teacher in a predominantly African American classroom that consistently meets and/or exceeds Michigan's mathematics proficiency standards. Using multiple emancipatory lenses, and a single case study method that employed…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction, African American Children, Grade 5
Kelly, James E. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
How do educators engage students in the curriculum? State and Common Core Standards determine what to teach; how those standards are taught varies. This research examined a group of at-risk elementary and secondary students using underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) as part of an experiential education program in a rural Michigan school…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Motor Vehicles
Bradley, Lynn Renee' – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Parental involvement is a factor in student achievement. Low parental engagement at home and school has created a problem in an urban elementary school. Guided by Epstein's 6 types of parental involvement, the purpose of this case study was to examine and describe the perspectives of 17 parents of K-2 students in an urban school in Michigan. Few…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Urban Schools, Elementary School Students, Young Children
Powell, Julie M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this research was to describe the experiences of six women superintendents who began their careers as elementary principals. The central question was: What can we learn from the lived experience of women who came from a background as elementary educators and advanced to the superintendency in a variety of district contexts within…
Descriptors: Women Administrators, Superintendents, Elementary Schools, Principals
Van Hof, Jill – ProQuest LLC, 2012
In response to heightened standards and calls for accountability, schools have dramatically intensified their work to meet the growing challenges. Schools require strategies for improvement that will transcend demographic factors such as SES. Research has shown the construct of academic optimism as contributing to student achievement despite a…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Psychological Patterns, Standards, Accountability