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Kelley, Michelle J.; Wenzel, Taylar – SRATE Journal, 2019
This article describes the collaborative journey of two elementary education instructors at a large metropolitan university in the Southeast Region of the United States as they transformed and developed an innovative, engaging, and meaningful assignment utilizing adult avatars in TeachLivE™ to simulate parent-teacher reading conferences. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education
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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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Giordano, Keri; LoCascio, Steven; Inoa, Rafael – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2019
This case is designed to help school leaders develop skills needed to work with interdisciplinary groups while demonstrating the complex issues faced while considering the special education needs of students. The case further examines a child study team meeting from the lens of different participants, including the principal, teacher, school…
Descriptors: Special Education, Student Placement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teamwork
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Demoiny, Sara B.; Ferraras-Stone, Jessica – Social Studies, 2018
In this article the authors demonstrate how pairing master and counter narrative picture books, along with critical literacy practices, can be used to enhance the social studies curriculum outlined by state standards taught in today's elementary schools. These intentional book pairings allow students to grapple with what history truly means and to…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Social Studies, Picture Books, Elementary Schools
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Schwartz, Catherine Stein; Ticknor, Anne Swenson – Teacher Development, 2018
The purpose of this paper is to describe the school-based contextual constraints perceived by beginning elementary teachers as they attempted to enact their visions of effective mathematics teaching and the components of a mathematics-specific, university-based induction program designed to support elementary teachers in their teaching of…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction
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Hedin, Laura; DeSpain, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Although different authors define the SMART acronym differently, an IEP-related interpretation of the acronym is as follows: specific, measurable, action verbs, realistic, and time limited. In addition to these features, well-written IEP goals reflect students' unique strengths and needs. This article discusses how educators can produce specific,…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Disabilities
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Tsuda, Emi; Ward, Phillip; Goodway, Jacqueline D. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2018
Tennis is a lifelong physical activity that is played from young childhood to adulthood. Tennis can be used to meet several of SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education in elementary school. Specifically, tennis is tied to outcomes relative to "striking with a short implement" in the…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Racquet Sports, Skill Development, Elementary School Students
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Murray-Johnson, Kayon; Guerra, Patricia L. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
Inspired by true events, this case presents how the Northwestern Elementary leadership team confronts the challenges of deficit thinking on their campus. An action research study uncovers a glaring lack of cultural responsiveness in practice, concerning Black and Hispanic students. Motivated by these findings, Anne, a White principal and Myra, a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Action Research, Disadvantaged, Culturally Relevant Education
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Stosich, Elizabeth Leisy; Bocala, Candice – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
This case is designed to highlight issues related to data inquiry in education, the role of leaders (specifically building-level administrators) in setting conditions for effective data conversations on teams, and the challenge of developing and deepening data use in a school over time. It was created based on interviews with a real elementary…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Data Analysis
Schwartz, Heather L.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan; Augustine, Catherine H.; Leschitz, Jennifer T. – RAND Corporation, 2018
This appendix augments a report that updates 2013 guidance to school district leaders and their partners across the country who are interested in launching summer learning programs or improving established ones. In that report, the authors present recommendations based on evaluations, conducted between 2011 and 2016, of summer programs in five…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Urban Schools, National Programs, Data Collection
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Ciullo, Stephen; Mason, Linda – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2017
Helping elementary students with learning disabilities (LD) prepare for the rigor of middle school writing is an instructional priority. Fortunately, several standards-based skills in upper elementary school and middle school overlap. Teachers in upper elementary grades, specifically fourth and fifth grades, have the opportunity to provide…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, School Readiness, Learning Disabilities, Middle School Students
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Foorman, Barbara R.; Smith, Kevin G.; Kosanovich, Marcia L. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
The implementation of effective instructional materials, such as a core reading program, by a qualified teacher is an important part of improving students' reading achievement. But selecting those instructional materials can be time-consuming. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast created this rubric for evaluating reading/language arts…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Instructional Material Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Language Arts
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Lesseig, Kristin; Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund – Middle School Journal, 2017
Given the current emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and its key attributes, middle school is an optimal time to implement STEM-based curricula. However, the interdisciplinary and open-ended nature of STEM projects often makes implementation difficult. In this article, we describe a professional development…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Abbott, Amy L. – Middle School Journal, 2017
The detected decline in middle school students' school engagement during the period of young adolescence is concerning. As middle school can be perceived as a time in which plans for higher education and career considerations begin to take shape, planting seeds for future aspirations certainly seems appropriate. This article draws on the…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Early Adolescents
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Ellis, Jason Brent; Abreu-Ellis, Carla; Moor, Alexa; Aukerman, Kaitlyn; Buttil, Michael; Edwards, Alyssa – American Secondary Education, 2017
This article demonstrates how teachers can represent a different culture in their instructional planning while still meeting state-mandated content standards. It shares the lessons learned by practicing and pre-service teachers through an experience designed to help them become more culturally responsive teachers. Participants spent a month in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, Instructional Development, Academic Standards
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