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Fullan, Michael; Pinchot, Michelle – Educational Leadership, 2018
School change expert Michael Fullan and principal Michelle Pinchot collaborated on an experiment: As Pinchot tackled her first years turning around the culture of Heritage Elementary School in California--using ideas Fullan has promoted about school culture and leveraging teachers' power--she and Fullan checked in every few months on how the work…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Sustainability, Elementary School Teachers
Valadez, Gilbert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Gilbert Valadez recalls how, when he was a 1st grade teacher, he worked with a student to overcome a situation related to her gender identity. He suggests that any teacher working in public school adopt an inclusive attitude about all students and help students become comfortable with their own gender expressions.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Public School Teachers, Homosexuality
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McGarry, Karen – Art Education, 2018
Arts educators/leaders have a unique opportunity to broaden their professional acumen, seize the "A" for art in STEAM, and be recognized as partners in the shift toward inclusive, transdisciplinary learning environments. Partnerships can blossom in school settings among teachers interested in giving students broad and well rounded…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, Partnerships in Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Seiki, Sumer – Science and Children, 2018
In this article, the author describes two lessons in which students applied the scientific knowledge learned from studying offshore oil drilling to construct a fact-based argument on the topic and then communicate it to their policy makers, since public commentary was solicited. The students practiced using their scientific knowledge to…
Descriptors: Fuels, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans
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Reese, Leslie; Richards-Tutor, Cara; Hansuvadha, Nat; Pavri, Shireen; Xu, Shelley – Issues in Teacher Education, 2018
In this article, the authors discuss the creation of an Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) at a large, comprehensive state university in California, a program meant to prepare dually-certified teachers in general education (California Multiple Subject Credential) and special education (California Education Specialist Credential in mild/moderate…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Credentials, General Education
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Lane, Paula J. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
Paula Lane, who has supervised student teachers at a university in the suburban wine country of northern California for the past 12 years, describes a field experience with a group of new student teachers in an urban school. Like the majority of teacher candidates in education programs, the pre-service teacher education students were White and…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Urban Schools, Preservice Teacher Education
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Duckor, Brent; Holmberg, Carrie; Becker, Joanne Rossi – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017
Research on teacher professional learning has shown that formative assessment can improve student learning more than most instructional practices. Empirical evidence indicates that thoughtfully implemented formative assessment practices improve students' learning, increase students' scores, and narrow achievement gaps between low-achieving…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
Burns, Marilyn – Educational Leadership, 2016
Math education consultant Marilyn Burns finds that teachers ask her the same three questions so often she's named them "The Big Three": What can I do with students who finish their math work more quickly?, How can I free up time to work with kids who need extra help?, and How can I differentiate math learning experiences? Burns, who…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
MacConnell, Kristen; Caillier, Stacey – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
At High Tech Elementary Chula Vista in California, teachers are using improvement science, a method for solving a problem of practice with disciplined inquiry, to help students make their thinking visible. The teachers wanted to increase students' use of how and why language to articulate their thinking; to that end, they have been using short…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Course Improvement Projects, Thinking Skills, Faculty Development
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Jacobs, Joanne – Education Next, 2016
Ninety-five percent of students at Redwood City's Hoover School, in San Mateo County, California, come from low-income and working-class Latino families, and nearly all start school as English language learners (ELLs). The elementary and middle school piloted the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program in 2009 in hopes of raising reading…
Descriptors: Accountability, Common Core State Standards, College Preparation, Low Income Students
Illingworth, Amy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
One district, South Bay Union School District, devises and executes a comprehensive strategy that includes training for district staff, teachers and coaches, including using PLCs and professional development in the implementation of Common Core English language arts standards.
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Language Arts, English Instruction, School Districts
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Flores, Gabriel – American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2016
For many years, educational practitioners have been implementing multicultural literature about African-American, Asian, and Latino families. Teachers have also presented literature about great leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Helen Keller. However, the same cannot be said about literature depicting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Childrens Literature, Cultural Pluralism, Sexual Orientation
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Hunt, Lucy; Yoshida-Ehrmann, Erin – Gifted Child Today, 2016
Project Linking Learning ("Link") was created to target the needs of gifted students in urban school districts with historically underserved populations. Project Linking Learning implemented a linking curriculum between in-class instruction and an afterschool enrichment program for selected students in second through fifth grade.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, School Districts, Gifted
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Pinchot, Michelle; Weber, Chris – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
At Peters K-3 Elementary School in Garden Grove, California, teacher leadership and empowerment supported by professional learning from the district have led to increases in student outcomes and in parent and student satisfaction with the culture and climate of the school community. Peters demonstrates the impact that empowering staffs and…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development, School Districts, Outcomes of Education
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Allison, Barbara N.; Rehm, Marsha L. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2016
Online classes have become a popular and viable method of educating students in both K-12 settings and higher education, including in family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs. Online learning dramatically affects the way students learn. This article addresses how online learning can accommodate the sensory learning modalities (sight, hearing,…
Descriptors: Consumer Science, Family Life Education, Electronic Learning, Multisensory Learning
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