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Kearney, Randi; Patterson, Katelyn; Wyner, Tressa – Childhood Education, 2019
Some of the most effective innovations in education have allowed fundamental changes to how individual students are being taught and assessed. Personalized learning models tailor learning to individual needs, accommodating students with diverse learning styles.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Educational Innovation, Emotional Development, Social Development
Hough, Heather; Marsh, Julie; McKibben, Susan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Social-emotional learning refers to the beliefs, attitudes, personality traits, and behaviors that students need to succeed in school and life. Our study looks closely at ten "outlier schools" in California's CORE districts whose students report strong social-emotional learning outcomes compared to other, similar middle schools. This…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
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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
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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
Dahl, Robyn Mieko; Droser, Mary L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
University earth science departments seeking to establish meaningful geoscience outreach programs often pursue large-scale, grant-funded programs. Although this type of outreach is highly successful, it is also extremely costly, and grant funding can be difficult to secure. Here, we present the Geoscience Education Outreach Program (GEOP), a…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Course Improvement Projects, Cost Effectiveness, STEM Education
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop an accountability system that includes multiple measures of student academic performance and at least one additional indicator of "School Quality or Student Success" (SQSS). To support policymaking at both the state and federal level, the authors of "Identity Crisis:…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Indicators
Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2015
A growing body of research shows that positive school climate is a key lever for students' academic and social development and success. This research digest shows how an alliance of California schools and districts, school climate experts, and state education agency personnel have teamed up to use school climate data to drive a continuous cycle of…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Needs Assessment, Educational Improvement, Progress Monitoring
The student-centered school model of Epic Charter School in Oakland, California, framed around a hero's journey empowers middle school students with sense of unity and purpose in life, where they can feel part of a culture with a shared experience and with more opportunities to experiences growth and accomplishment. Design and engineering is front…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Models, Student Centered Learning, College Readiness
Thrive Public Schools, a K-8 charter school in San Diego, expands the concept of school beyond core academics to encompass social-emotional intelligence and "real world" understanding. The blended learning model at Thrive integrates technology throughout a curriculum built upon project-based learning, targeted instruction, and tinkering.…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Profiles, College Readiness, College Preparation
Varady, Ashley – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In San Francisco, a partnership between a K-8 school and a non-profit writing program helps students who are achieving below grade level find their voices and blossom into confident thinkers and writers. 826 Valencia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Writing Skills, Empowerment, Imagination
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Farmer, Tom – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2015
Cairns and cares: they sound nearly alike, and at Tommie Kunst Junior High School (Santa Maria, CA), the two words are synonymous. Kim Cairns is a "Pitsco Education" Life Skills lab facilitator who cares deeply about her students--what they do, what they say, how they act, what they learn, and everything in between. Cairns has taken…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Food Service, Dining Facilities, Junior High School Students
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Martinez, Monica; McGrath, Dennis – State Education Standard, 2015
Learners of all types can see achievement gains when schools remake themselves as centers of deeper learning. This article highlights eight schools that may be pointing the way to how the nation can finally close the gaps for Latino and black students in beginning and finishing college degrees: (1) King Middle School (Portland, Maine); (2)…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Achievement Gap, Educational Attainment, Achievement Gains
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Gillani, Bijan; Gillani, Roya – Science and Children, 2015
An after-school enrichment activity offered to sixth-grade students gave a group of 10 students an opportunity to explore the effects of the California drought in their community using an engaging scientific device: the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Although this activity was specifically designed for a small after-school enrichment group, it…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Clubs, Enrichment Activities, Environmental Education
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Schulze, Joshua – CATESOL Journal, 2015
Teacher educators need linguistic tools to help preservice teachers develop a deeper understanding of the academic language demands of the literacy practices required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Systemic functional linguistics (SFL) serves as a tool for developing teachers' knowledge of content-area language. Teachers' increased…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Educators, Linguistic Theory
Olson, Steve; Labov, Jay – National Academies Press, 2014
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) permeate the modern world. The jobs people do, the foods they eat, the vehicles in which they travel, the information they receive, the medicines they take, and many other facets of modern life are constantly changing as STEM knowledge steadily accumulates. Yet STEM education in the United…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Conferences (Gatherings), Conventional Instruction, After School Programs
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