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MDRC, 2018
This issue brief describes the programs and systems of the MDRC Center for Data Insights. Ranging from simple descriptive summaries to advanced machine learning algorithms, the Center's eight current projects aim to use institutions' increasingly rich data to provide new insights that can help refine and target their client's services: (1)…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Federal Programs, Welfare Services, State Aid
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2018
When Okema Owens Simpson, the sixth-grade Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL) for English language arts (ELA) at Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, plans her schedule for the coming week, she provides what her teachers need most: daily, on-the-job coaching; lesson planning; practice in delivering lessons; co-teaching or modeling a…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Grade 6, Language Arts, Faculty Development
Somers, Marie-Andrée; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2017
The Communities In Schools (CIS) Model of Integrated Student Supports aims to reduce dropout rates by providing students with integrated and tiered support services based on their levels of need. The model includes preventive services that are available to all students (Level 1 services) as well as intensive, targeted, and sustained services…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Student Needs, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Knotek, Steven E.; Sánchez, Marta – Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation, 2017
The Madres para Niños (MpN) program uses consultee-centered consultation as a vehicle to help immigrant Latino parents focus and reframe their preexisting child advocacy skills toward their children's successful transition into elementary school in a new geographic and cultural context. This article describes the Latina mother's experience as…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Mothers, Program Descriptions, Advocacy
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Brkich, Katie; Allen, Melony; Huffling, Lacey; Matthews, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
"Hop to It," a week-long herpetology-focused summer STEM camp for rising fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade girls, provided young females with authentic, hands-on science experiences, allowing them to develop the habits of thought and processes of action used by STEM field experts while also engaging and sustaining their interest in the…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Females
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Bradbury, Leslie; Wilson, Rachel; Pepper, Nancy; Ledford, Mitzi – Science and Children, 2016
Most plants are able to obtain all of the nutrients that they need from air, water, and soil; however, this is not true of carnivorous plants. Because they tend to live in boggy soils where there are small amounts of nitrogen, carnivorous plants have developed specialized structures that enable them to lure and capture insects and sometimes other…
Descriptors: Science Education, Plants (Botany), Natural Resources, Teaching Methods
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Adams, Janet H. – Journal of Dance Education, 2016
As a dance teacher in public elementary schools for the last 25 years, Janet Adams has always recognized the creative link between dance and writing, and offered her students structured opportunities to combine the two. She has also honed her management skills and kept a pretty tight ship. Creative expression, though, be it through dancing or…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Dance Education, Literacy, Writing (Composition)
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Wallace, Judi Lawson; Sutton, Nancy P. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2015
Incorporating bike skills into the elementary- and middle-school physical education curriculum encourages students to be physically active in a fun way while also learning bike safety skills. Winston-Salem's (NC) Safe Routes to School program demonstrates how collaboration with the public schools' health and physical education program can…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students, Safety Education
Rowland, Julie – Education Commission of the States, 2015
Ensuring that students are reading proficiently by third grade is a key component of keeping students on track to graduate high school and pursue college and careers. Because of the magnitude of this academic milestone, states typically pursue policies that promote early identification and intervention for struggling readers. However, teachers are…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Teacher Certification, Reading Instruction, Teacher Competency Testing
Powell, Allison; Watson, John; Staley, Patrick; Patrick, Susan; Horn, Michael; Fetzer, Leslie; Hibbard, Laura; Oglesby, Jonathan; Verma, Sue – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
In 2008, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K-12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K-12 education space. State,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Conventional Instruction
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Valauri-Orton, Alexis; Bernd, Karen K. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
For many middle school students, connections between their lives and concepts like chemical reactivity, microbial contamination, and experimental sampling are not obvious. They may also feel that, even if there were connections, understanding the monitoring and quality of natural resources is something for grown-ups and beyond their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Microbiology, Chemistry
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Gregory, Julie – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2015
This article provides three movement-based activities for teaching health concepts to elementary school students. Two activities focus on nutrition concepts and the other focuses on teaching body systems. Diagrams are provided to show the setup of activities, as well as links for accessing materials to help implement the activities.
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Concept Teaching, Health Education, Teaching Methods
Zoch, Melody; Langston-DeMott, Brooke; Adams-Budde, Melissa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Elementary students find themselves engaged and learning at a digital writing camp. The authors find that such elementary students usually have limited access to technology at home and school, and posit that teachers should do all they can to give them more access to and experience in digital composing. Students were motivated and learned to use…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Day Camp Programs, Media Literacy, Technology Integration
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Luke, Nancy; Binkley, Russell; Marotta, Naomi; Pirkl, Melissa – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
This article describes a project that helped fourth-grade students connect personally with and bring North Carolina history to life. Over the months of this project, students asked questions, investigated topics of interest that they chose, conducted in-depth research that included interviewing experts, learned to use a video editor to combine…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Tucker, Jessica Fink – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Proud Readers Own What's Learned (PROWL) was developed out of the need to find an engaging, creative process for readers to express what they have read and, frankly, to let teachers see that the students actually read the books. In other more prescriptive reading programs students can go through the motions and actually pass tests without having…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Improvement, Library Services, Program Descriptions
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