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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Many educators and parents would agree that it is important for parents to spend time in their children's classrooms, to closely monitor homework, or to read to children at home. Try telling that, though, to a 13-year-old, argues Harvard University researcher Nancy E. Hill. In a series of studies and a new book, Hill makes the case that both…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation, Middle Schools, Expectation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
When researchers from the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) met with Boston secondary school teachers three years ago, the teachers told them they had a problem. Students struggled to understand their textbook lessons because they continually tripped up on--or glossed over--the academic words they came across. The researchers'…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Secondary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
New York City's charter schools are making strides in closing achievement gaps between disadvantaged inner-city students and their better-off suburban counterparts, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by Stanford University researcher Caroline M. Hoxby and her co-authors Sonali Mararka and Jenny Kang, is based on eight years of data for…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Academic Achievement, Scores, Grade 8
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2008
When the mayor and public school officials in the District of Columbia unveiled plans last month for converting Washington's middle and elementary schools to a pre-K-8 model, system leaders seemed confident the change would be good for students. After all, the school system has plenty of company. Since the late 1990s, districts in a growing number…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), School Organization
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2007
Having developed a technology-based teaching unit on weather that appeared to work well for middle school students, Nancy Butler Songer and her colleagues at the University of Michigan decided in the late 1990s to take the next logical step in their research program: They scaled up. This article discusses lessons learned by several faculty…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle Schools, College School Cooperation, Educational Improvement
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
Experts have long suggested that re-establishing routines, particularly school routines, can be therapeutic for children who have experienced upheaval in their home lives. This article briefly describes an 8th grader's experience with this, after losing her home to Hurricane Katrina and having her life moved to suburban Washington.
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Middle School Students, Refugees, Personal Narratives
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2005
This article reports on the effectiveness of school uniform policies. At Stephen Decatur Middle School, it is the school's policy that all students wear the standard school attire consisting of khaki pants with polo shirts in white, burgundy, or navy blue. Some of the shirts also sport an embroidered Decatur eagle, an optional embellishment.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Uniforms, Public Schools, Educational Improvement
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Most of the off-the-shelf mathematics programs used in middle schools across the United States have little or no rigorous evidence attesting to their effectiveness. The U.S. Department of Education analysis based on a review of studies undergirding 44 math programs used in grades 6-9, including some of the nation's most popular textbooks for those…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Textbooks, Clearinghouses, Educational Research
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Three decades of mounting academic and testing requirements are snagging growing numbers of students in the 9th grade. "The bulge" is the name education researchers give to the percentage increase in students in the 9th grade over the same period. This article reports on factors that might explain the growing 9th grade bottleneck and…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Graduation Rate, Secondary Schools, Grade 10