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Edmondson, Elizabeth; Navy, Shannon; Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda; Mannarino, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
Problem-based learning (PBL) involves students solving a problem with multiple solutions over time, like scientists in real-world contexts. This fourth-grade PBL unit had students become part of an endeavor to help their state of Virginia become energy independent. It conceptualized energy independence as becoming self-sufficient for energy…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Farah, Yara N.; Jimenez, Lauren M. – Gifted Child Today, 2019
Students are active in shaping the implementation of any curricular intervention. At Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD), more than 1,500 students in Grades 1 to 6 were recipients of the William & Mary English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum units. In this article, we share students' perceptions related to the following three…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Teaching Models
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Brown, Karen L. – Gifted Child Today, 2019
Establishing a collaborative partnership takes a willingness to see the benefits despite the obstacles. Understanding how the partnership will impact each of the involved stakeholders is paramount to being able to foresee the possible issues. In the case of the College of William & Mary and Paradise Valley Unified Schools, challenges of time,…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Time Management
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West Keur, Rebekah A. – Gifted Child Today, 2019
This article examines the implementation of an innovative English language arts curriculum from the William and Mary Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) using the perspectives of teachers and its impact on students. The school/university collaborative project between Paradise Valley Unified School District and CFGE is discussed in the hope of…
Descriptors: Expertise, Teacher Collaboration, Research and Development, Gifted Education
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Gola, Alice Ann H.; Burdg, Jinee – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2018
The FNS Research Corner provides a continuing series to summarize recently completed and current research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the area of child nutrition. Summaries of recently completed research projects and in-progress research are provided in this article.
Descriptors: Food, Nutrition, Lunch Programs, Program Evaluation
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Hainsworth, Mark; Hainsworth, Laura – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In this article the authors describe an Integrative Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Design-Based Learning (I-STEM ED DBL) activity that invites students to delve into the science, technology, and engineering related to the production of Ötzi's copper axe and to speculate about the circumstances surrounding his…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Activities, Metallurgy, Summer Programs
Data Quality Campaign, 2017
States can--and must--create report cards that meet the needs of parents, communities, and taxpayers. Getting people the data they need is essential because when families and communities have the right information to make decisions, students excel. Every state is required by federal law, and sometimes state law, to produce report cards detailing…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Access to Information, Elementary Schools, High Schools
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Groth, Lois A.; Parker, Audra; Parsons, Seth A.; Sprague, Deborah; Levine Brown, Elizabeth; Baker, Courtney; Suh, Jennifer – School-University Partnerships, 2017
This article describes the Mason Elementary PDS Network (PDS Network), a multi-district network of clinical field sites, embracing collaboration with key stakeholders as a means to broaden its impact on the education profession and the larger community. The Mason Elementary PDS Network includes 30 elementary school sites with a shared commitment…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Professional Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Sterrett, William L. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The voices of district leaders, principals, teachers, and students at two award-winning schools both encourage and challenge the reader to reflect on going green.
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Sustainability, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role
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Maina, Michael P.; Maina, Julie Schlegel; Hunt, Kevin – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2016
Often students have a difficult time when asked to use critical thinking skills to solve a problem. Perhaps students have a difficult time adjusting because teachers frequently tell them exactly what to do and how to do it. When asked to use critical thinking skills, students may suddenly become confused and discouraged because the teacher no…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Educational Environment
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Rawding, Molly Rothermel; Call, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016
Last year, Annandale Terrace Elementary School (Annandale, Virginia) began exploring professional learning communities (PLC). In this article, two of Annandale's math coaches share the school's journey. On the basis of their own reflections, the coaches conclude with some recommendations for those considering embarking on a similar journey…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development
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Horn, Carol V. – Gifted Child Today, 2015
The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Young Scholars model offers new language and ideas for thinking about giftedness that embrace expanded beliefs about the nature of intelligence and highlight the importance of nurturing intelligent behavior in children from diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds as early as possible. These…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Disproportionate Representation, Models, Talent Development
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
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Broome, Jeffrey L.; Heid, Karen; Johnston, Jan; Serig, Dan – Art Education, 2015
The practice of mixing grade levels in school settings is increasing (Nishida, 2009) and one third of classrooms worldwide already combine two or more grade levels (Cornish, 2006a). However, many teachers are assigned such mixed-grade groupings without training, and there is some evidence that this may be particularly true for art teachers…
Descriptors: Art Education, Mixed Age Grouping, Art Teachers, Teaching Methods
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