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Achieve, Inc., 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests the first year of high school is a critical transition point for students. It also finds course-taking and successful completion of those courses in 9th grade to be valuable predictors of students' success in high school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
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Holland, Nikki; Wright, Ginney P.; Goering, Christian Z. – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
In many cases, teachers shy away from including much writing because of the many hours it requires to read and provide substantial feedback on such papers. Yet writing is widely understood as critically important to learning (Applebee & Langer, 2013; Mayher, 1983; Zinsser, 1989). This article describes a program from the Northwest Arkansas…
Descriptors: Student Writing Models, Constructivism (Learning), Formative Evaluation, Professional Development
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This report details Arkansas's participation in SREB programs and services from December 2013 through November 2014. Appropriations from member states support SREB's core operations and general services. SREB leverages the long-standing commitment of member states to attract external funding for an array of targeted projects for educational…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Regional Programs, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2013
Many teachers use the Internet and other electronic and web-based resources to engage students in meaningful assignments for independent learning, greater ownership of learning and better preparation for college and careers. The technology practices should align with the new college- and career-readiness standards (CCRS). They also should enhance…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Best Practices
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Thompson, Sarah B.; Seward, Vanessa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In this article, the authors describe McNair Middle School's Independent Study process. Each year in late January the authors connect to look at the calendar to schedule time for the seventh-grade gifted and talented (GT) students to come to the school library to begin their annual Independent Study. "Independent study is a planned research…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Librarians
Principal Leadership, 2011
The language that students and teachers use to describe what they like best about M. O. Ramay Junior High School is strikingly similar. Both groups talk at length about how they are treated with respect and given freedom. Teachers describe the freedom to teach and students describe the freedom to be an individual. Both groups quickly add that with…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Freedom, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement
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Scott, W. Clayton – Teaching Artist Journal, 2010
In this article, the author, a poet and teaching artist, shares how he successfully brought slam poetry to College Hill Middle School in Texarkana, Arkansas. In 2001 he discovered slam poetry--a poetry-reading format in which poets compete in dramatic readings of their works--and went to Slam Nationals in Seattle on the Arkansas slam team. He…
Descriptors: Poetry, Creative Writing, Middle Schools, Creative Activities
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Baugher, Robin; Nichols, Joe – Education, 2008
Concerned that their special education students were not being adequately prepared for the post-high school world, a rural Arkansas school district made a concerted effort to provide a systematic transition program in which opportunities for life after graduation could become a meaningful reality. A significant component of the transition program…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Districts, Secondary School Students, Disabilities
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
Lindsay E. Carlton has taught mathematics to students at different grades, with different ability levels. Now, the young educator's state wants to recognize her ability to work with one group in particular: 8th graders enrolled in introductory algebra. Carlton is one of many math educators across Arkansas who plan to acquire a new, unusual state…
Descriptors: Credentials, Grade 8, Algebra, Mathematics Teachers
Chenoweth, Karin – Harvard Education Press, 2007
This straightforward and inspiring book takes readers into schools where educators believe--and prove--that all children, even those considered "hard-to-teach," can learn to high standards. Their teachers and principals refuse to write them off and instead show how thoughtful instruction, high expectations, stubborn commitment, and…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Teachers, Principals
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2006
SREB states were among the first in the nation to set comprehensive state academic standards for K-12 schools. Setting these initial standards was only part of the job. Getting these standards right and keeping them right may be the most important task facing public education today. If state standards are too low, many public school graduates will…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Public Education, National Competency Tests
SEDL, 2003
In December 2000, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) was awarded a five-year research and development (R&D) contract to develop and refine a systemic model to improve student achievement in reading or mathematics in low-performing districts and schools. At the onset of the project, 20 districts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New…
Descriptors: School Districts, Models, Research and Development, Educational Development