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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on informational text arose in part from research suggesting that employers and college instructors found students weak at comprehending technical manuals, scientific and historical journals, and other texts pivotal to work in those arenas. The common core's vision of informational text includes literary…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction
Sparapani, Ervin F.; Seo, Byung-In; Smith, Deborah L. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) documents that the world has become increasingly multicultural and multilingual as international migration rates grow each year. The cultural and language diversity in the United States exemplifies this worldwide phenomenon. It is the authors' belief that teachers have…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Teacher Student Relationship, Multilingualism, Migration
Uhler, Scott F.; Smith, Gregory T. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
As Internet-based communications and interactions by and between students and school staff become more prevalent, an appreciation of school rules for student behavior is important. Students carry electronic devices, sending and receiving communications inside and outside school, so two key questions exist regarding search and seizure of such…
Descriptors: Students, Handheld Devices, Ownership, Search and Seizure
Yonezawa, Susan; McClure, Larry; Jones, Makeba – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
Thoughtful educators personalize schools--greeting students by name, offering extra academic help, checking in about serious family problems. Some go further, such as setting up specialized clubs or internships with local businesses. Such acts benefit students, helping them feel connected to school and helping teachers and other staff respond to…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Minority Group Students
Boser, Ulrich; Rosenthal, Lindsay – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
When the authors recently examined a federal survey of students in elementary and high schools around the country, they found that many students are not being challenged in school. Their findings include: (1) Many schools are not challenging students and large percentages of students report that their school work is "too easy"; (2) Many…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Student Surveys, Learner Engagement
Adam, Michelle – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The Pew Research Center asked an important question earlier this year when it embarked on an ambitious project called Is College Worth It?: College Presidents, Public Assess Value, Quality and Mission of Higher Education. While most today believe that getting a good education is key to success in the society, this report revealed surprising issues…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Presidents, Paying for College, Outcomes of Education
Tucker, Marc – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
American teachers unions are increasingly the target of measures, authored by friends and foes alike, intended to limit their power or eviscerate them. One would never guess that the countries that are among the top 10 in student performance have some of the strongest teachers unions. Are those unions in some way different from American teachers…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Unions
DiMaria, Frank – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
America's colleges and universities have been moving slowly but steadily away from tenure over the past decade. The American Federation of Teachers reports that community colleges have seen a 22% increase in the number of instructional staff between 1997 and 2007. During that time, the percentage of community college faculty that were full-time…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Adjunct Faculty, Community Colleges
Turnamian, Peter – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The author founded Greater Newark Charter School in 2000 at a time when charter schools were little more than a nuisance to the traditional public school establishment. Just two years earlier, when first learning about charter schools, he recalls questioning the necessity for "new" schools when so many operational public schools were in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Personal Narratives, Educational Change, Accountability
Jaquith, Ann; Mindich, Dan; Wei, Ruth Chung; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Policy shapes practice, and the increasingly important realm of professional development is no exception. To identify effective professional development policies and strategies, a Stanford University research team examined the policy frameworks supporting high levels of professional development activity in four states--(1) Colorado; (2) Missouri;…
Descriptors: Mentors, State Agencies, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The education of teachers in the United States needs to be turned upside down. Teacher education must shift away from emphasizing academic preparation and course work loosely linked to school-based experiences to programs fully grounded in clinical practice and interwoven with academic content and professional courses. This clinically based…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Experiential Learning
LaFee, Scott – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Before the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975, only one child with disabilities in five attended a public school, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Many states' policies explicitly excluded children with certain types of disabilities from their traditional schools, including children who were blind,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Emotional Disturbances
Kingston, Mary – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities unanimously expressed concern for the growing trend in cyberbullying during a hearing last June 24. The event, which featured National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) board member Barbara-Jane Paris and other witnesses, including TV personality Dr. Phil…
Descriptors: Bullying, Safety, Cooperation, Federal Government
Frankenberg, Erica; Siegel-Hawley, Genevieve – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The charter school movement has been a major political success, but a civil rights failure. As the country moves steadily toward greater segregation and inequality of education for students of color in schools with lower achievement and graduation rates, the rapid growth of charter schools has expanded a sector that is even more segregated than…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Politics of Education, School Segregation, Civil Rights
Sawchuk, Steven – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
The author reports on an experimental study of performance-based teacher compensation conducted in the U.S. which shows that a nationally watched bonus-pay system had no overall impact on student achievement. Nearly 300 middle school mathematics teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, voluntarily took part in the Project on Incentives in Teaching, a…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Salaries, Incentives
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