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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
Mackin, Eileen; Mackin, Robert; Obremski, John; McKie, Katherine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Like many school systems in economically stressed parts of the country, the Everett, Mass., school district had cut back on arts instruction over the years, to the point where most students were getting only a single art class per week. But since 2013, and thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Everett has designed and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grants, Federal Aid, Elementary Schools
Allen, Kent – Independent School, 2017
The chances of lightning striking twice are infinitesimal, at best. What are the odds, in middle age, of being struck with a jarring bolt of figurative lightning, then a few months later being an eyewitness as the same sizzle in the sky jolts a group of students--those decision-makers of tomorrow? The author describes two experiences that proved…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Inclusion, Boarding Schools, Cultural Pluralism
Spiegel, Ellen J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The BRIDGE Alternative Middle School in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves students ages 12-16 who have exhibited behavioral problems in traditional school settings, including problems such as truancy, multiple suspensions, mental health issues, peer conflicts, family dysfunction, academic problems, and gang involvement. Students referred to BRIDGE are…
Descriptors: Stress Management, At Risk Students, Adolescents, Middle School Students
Candal, Cara Stillings – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2016
The ongoing push to raise or eliminate the charter school cap in Massachusetts provides an opportunity to reflect upon the purpose of charter schools. When the legislature created the Commonwealth's charter school law, as a part of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA), it clearly stated a main reason for these new schools was…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Legislation, Educational Innovation, Teaching Methods
Sadowski, Michael – Harvard Education Press, 2016
"Safe Is Not Enough" illustrates how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities. Using examples from classrooms, schools, and districts across the country, Michael Sadowski identifies emerging practices such as creating an LGBTQ-inclusive…
Descriptors: School Safety, Teacher Role, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity
Independent School, 2016
This brief article describes how Dawn Southworth, upper school art teacher at the Glen Urquhart School (GUS) (Massachusetts), devised the White Shirt Project to engage eighth-graders in art and society. Each year, Southworth purchases white shirts for her eighth grade students to transform into original works of art. Prior to the culminating art…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Learner Engagement, Art Education
Obel-Omia, Michael C. – Independent School, 2016
What? How can you keep me safe?" Those words tore through this author as he sat with eight black boys from the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in March 2015. They were planning to discuss a novel, Scott Mebus' "Gods of Manhattan," when he reassured the boys that he could keep them safe. Seared in their hearts are the tragic…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Race, Violence, Males
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Smilan, Cathy – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
Visual literacy and the ability to think creatively are critical skills requisite to full participation and communication in the twenty-first century. Learning experiences that integrate studio-based inquiry and other academic concepts can develop discipline skills as well as communication skills of deciphering visual cues and de/re-constructing…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Creative Thinking, Inquiry, Art
Sadowski, Michael – Educational Leadership, 2016
Over the past three decades, much of the conversation about LGBTQ students in schools has centered on safety--anti-bullying policies, the "safe space" of gay-straight alliances, and "safe zones" marked by rainbow-colored stickers on classroom doors. In this article, Michael Sadowski argues that it's time to move beyond safety…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Bullying
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Zrike, Sara; Connolly, Christine – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
In early November 2013, the authors started talking about visiting the Hurley School, a dual-language school in Boston, Massachusetts. The Hurley School had spent considerable time transitioning to the Common Core State Standards on literacy, but little time addressing the shifts in math. They worried that math classes were no longer rigorous…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Teacher Leadership, Specialists, Teamwork
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
We learn by doing. This simple philosophy is at the heart of project-based learning in the 21st-century classroom. It is grounded in the belief that the stand and lecture approach to teaching, worksheets and rote memorization are not enough to move students down a path to the deep learning necessary for success in college and careers. Essential…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Active Learning, Student Projects, Learner Engagement
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Samuels, Kyle; Seymour, Richard – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
Engineering programs have long thrived in U.S. universities. More recently, engineering content has been introduced in America's high schools, yet less so in elementary and middle schools across the nation. To meet the demand for engineers in the U.S., educators must play a more active role in inspiring young students to this career option.…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Engineering Education, Career Planning, Creativity
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Bennie, Fiona; Corbett, Charlotte; Palo, Angela – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2015
This article describes an after-school program at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf (HMS), the oldest public day school for deaf students in the United States, where almost half of the student body imagined and created bridge and robotic machines. The Deaf Robotics Engineering and Math Team, or the DREAM Team club, included HMS students in…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Robotics, Deafness, Program Descriptions
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Frazelle, Sarah; Nagel, Aisling – Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, 2015
To stem the tide of students dropping out, many schools and districts are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these systems, there is little information about the actual implementation strategies that are being used across…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention, Prevention
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