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Tollefson, Ann – Learning Languages, 2009
Planning to start or expand a K-8 critical language program? Looking for support in doing so? There "may" be help at the federal level for great ideas and strong programs. While there have been various pools of federal dollars available to support world language programs for a number of years, the federal government's interest in…
Descriptors: National Security, Federal Government, Public Agencies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wang, Kathleen – Learning Languages, 2009
This article describes the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS), a regional public charter school in western Massachusetts, which opened in 2007 and the only Chinese immersion school in New England. The school draws students from over twenty-five towns and cities in a predominantly rural area of Massachusetts that includes the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Activities, Immersion Programs, Rural Areas
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Gullickson, Janice – Learning Languages, 2009
Six years ago Project Starship MIR, the Russian language "shuttle," launched at Turnagain Elementary, one of the Anchorage School District's 65 elementary schools. The MIR "peace" mission originated with encouragement from the local business community to prepare students for Alaska's future economic, social and political ties…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Business, Second Languages, Foreign Countries
Weiss, Heather; Little, Priscilla; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Deschenes, Sarah N.; Malone, Helen Janc – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
After-school learning, summer learning, and family involvement in learning are major predictors of children's development, educational achievement, and school success. The United States will not achieve its national goals of equal educational opportunity without addressing the importance of and inequities in out-of-school learning opportunities.…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Access to Education
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Schanzenbach, Diane Whitmore – Journal of Human Resources, 2009
This paper assesses whether school lunches contribute to childhood obesity. I employ two methods to isolate the causal impact of school lunches on obesity. First, using panel data, I ?nd that children who consume school lunches are more likely to be obese than those who brown bag their lunches even though they enter kindergarten with the same…
Descriptors: Obesity, Eligibility, Nutrition, Children
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Furnes, Bjarte; Samuelsson, Stefan – Journal of Research in Reading, 2009
The importance of cognitive and language skills on reading and spelling development were investigated in a cross-linguistic longitudinal study of 737 English-speaking children (US/Australia) and 169 Scandinavian children (Norway/Sweden) from preschool to Kindergarten and Grade 1. The results revealed that phonological awareness and print knowledge…
Descriptors: Spelling, Early Reading, Linguistics, Phonological Awareness
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Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M.; Bingham, Gary E.; Korth, Byran B. – Early Education and Development, 2009
Research Findings: This study investigated the effects of full- and half-day kindergarten programs on classroom instructional quality and children's academic achievement. Considerations were given for how the length of the school day, language status (English language learner [ELL] and non-ELL), and children's attendance patterns influenced…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Kindergarten, Educational Quality
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Morgan, Paul L.; Farkas, George; Wu, Qiong – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
The investigators used data from the "Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort" (ECLS-K) to estimate whether and to what extent the timing and persistence of mathematics difficulties (MD) in kindergarten predicted children's first through fifth grade math growth trajectories. Results indicated that children persistently…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Mathematics Education, Persistence, Kindergarten
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Sung, Youngji Y.; Chang, Mido – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2008
This paper examines the long-term effect of enrollment in center- or school-based care programs on the academic performance of language minority students in the USA. The study applies a longitudinal multilevel analysis to a nationally representative database, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K). Of particular interest are the…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Academic Achievement, Kindergarten, Minority Groups
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Palacios, Natalia; Guttmanova, Katarina; Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay – Developmental Psychology, 2008
This article examines whether longitudinal reading trajectories vary by the generational status of immigrant children as they begin formal schooling through the 3rd grade. The results of the hierarchical linear model indicated that 1st and 2nd generation children (i.e., those born in a foreign country and those born in the United States to…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Reading Achievement, Kindergarten, Grade 3
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Moos, Lejf; Krejsler, John; Kofod, Klaus Kasper – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2008
This article will argue that diverse national, regional and local contexts leave different rooms for manoeuvre for school principals. The social technologies applied by the authorities (like accountability systems) can be "tight" or "loose" and so leave little or much room for principals' interpretations of what a good school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Bortnem, Gayle M. – Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2008
Children enter kindergarten in the United States with large differences in their background knowledge, vocabulary, and early literacy experiences. There is a strong relationship between language development during the early years and reading ability in the primary grade and teachers must understand the importance of developing vocabulary and its…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Vocabulary Development
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Chang, Mido; Singh, Kusum – Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 2008
The goal of this study was to explore the long-term effects of all-day kindergarten programs on children's academic performance. The study used three waves of data from a nationally representative database from the United States, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), with the first wave at the beginning of kindergarten and the third wave…
Descriptors: Age, Mathematics Activities, Academic Achievement, Day Programs
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2008
This article reports that amid tight budgets and shrinking revenue, states are wagering that voters in next month's elections will agree to expand state-sanctioned gambling in exchange for increased school aid. Initiatives on six state ballots Nov. 4 involve gambling revenue intended to raise money for everything from community college funding and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elections, Educational Finance, Unions
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Samuelsson, Stefan; Byrne, Brian; Olson, Richard K.; Hulslander, Jacqueline; Wadsworth, Sally; Corley, Robin; Willcutt, Erik G.; DeFries, John C. – Learning and Individual Differences, 2008
Genetic and environmental influences on early reading and spelling at the end of kindergarten and Grade 1 were compared across three twin samples tested in the United States, Australia, and Scandinavia. Proportions of variance due to genetic influences on kindergarten reading were estimated at 0.84 in Australia, 0.68 in the U.S., and 0.33 in…
Descriptors: Twins, Spelling, Early Reading, Genetics
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