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Powell, Allison; Watson, John; Staley, Patrick; Patrick, Susan; Horn, Michael; Fetzer, Leslie; Hibbard, Laura; Oglesby, Jonathan; Verma, Sue – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
In 2008, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K-12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K-12 education space. State,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Conventional Instruction
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Hughes, Bill – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
A low-cost and portable colorimeter kit has been designed and developed as an educational tool at Penn State University by Dr. Daniel Sykes for K-12 schools' integrated STEM learning. This scientific instrument allows students to learn how scientists utilize light as a means to study the chemical and physical properties of materials with an…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Algebra, Technology Education, Electronics
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Reed, Sam, III – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
In this article, the author presents his thoughts, as a teacher activist, on the school closing process in Philadelphia, particularly the effect of the closing process on Beeber Middle School and its response to the closing. The District's Facilities Master Plan originally called for closing 37 schools, Some schools were removed from the closing…
Descriptors: Activism, School Closing, Advocacy, Teacher Attitudes
Krauss, Jane – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2012
Good learning experiences ask students to investigate and make sense of the world. While there are many ways to do this, K-12 curriculum has traditionally skewed toward reading and writing to interpret and express students' sense-making. But there is another way. Infographics represent data and ideas visually, in pictures, engaging more parts of…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle School Students
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2011
Over the past decade, research on dropout prevention has become focused on using evidence-based practice, and data-driven decisions, to mitigate students' dropping out of high school and instead, support and prepare students for career and college. Early warning systems or on-track indicators, in which readily available student-level data are used…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Dropout Prevention, Evidence, At Risk Students
Zaslaw, Jay – Principal Leadership, 2010
Over the past decade, many schools have adopted zero-tolerance policies as a means to curtail negative student behavior. Such policies persist although "there is as yet little evidence that the strategies typically associated with zero tolerance contribute to improved student behavior or overall school safety." School suspension and…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Conflict Resolution, Discipline Policy, Juvenile Justice
Tuttle, Christina Clark; Teh, Bing-ru; Nichols-Barrer, Ira; Gill, Brian P.; Gleason, Philip – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2010
In this set of four supplemental tables, the authors compare the baseline test scores of the treatment and matched control group samples observed in each year after KIPP entry (outcome years 1 to 4). As discussed in Chapter III, the authors used an iterative propensity score estimation procedure to calculate each student's probability of entering…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Middle Schools, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
Tackett, Kathryn Klingler; Roberts, Greg; Baker, Scott; Scammacca, Nancy – Center on Instruction, 2009
One question frequently arises in the work of the Regional Comprehensive Centers: "What are states, districts, and schools doing about RTI?" This document addresses that question, with particular focus on instruction and the implementation of effective practices. It uses a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format, with answers based on…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Public Schools
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Educational Legislation
Herlihy, Corinne – National High School Center, 2007
The transition into high school is a critical point in the educational pipeline, and ninth-grade can be characterized as one of its leakiest junctures. This policy brief examines how some states and districts are currently easing the transition into high school for students. It focuses on five key challenges that states, districts and schools…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grade 9, Dropout Prevention, School Statistics
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Mirsky, Laura – Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, 2007
High levels of disruptive behavior, discipline referrals, and suspensions are among the symptoms of schools which have lost the bonds of respect. Educators face major challenges in transforming these school cultures. This article describes how restorative practices were implemented in certain southeastern Pennsylvania schools. The process of…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, School Culture, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement
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Yecke, Cheri Pierson – Educational Leadership, 2006
Several schools that eschewed the middle school model and remained K-8 discovered anecdotally that their students showed fewer behavioral problems and higher academic achievement than many students enrolled in middle schools. On the basis of studies that verified these observations, school district leaders in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Philadelphia…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Behavior Problems, Academic Achievement, Grade 6
Zirkel, Perry A. – National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 2005
This monograph provides a comprehensive, concise, and current overview of the law-- specifically, legislation, regulations, and published court/administrative decisions--relating to gifted education for K-12 students. For students whose legal rights are based solely on their gifted status, the law largely boils down to (a) varying state statutes…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Disabilities, Legal Problems, Civil Rights
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George, Paul S. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2005
In the last five years, a growing number of large, urban school districts have moved to close what are termed "troubled" 6-8 middle schools and have opened K-8 schools in their place: Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Newark, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, and Philadelphia have been among the first to do…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Adolescents, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Mizell, Hayes – Middle School Journal (J3), 2005
Many school systems have so much difficulty when it comes to educating students between the ages of 12 and 15. There seems to be perennial dissatisfaction with how public schools educate these "young adolescents." The grade configurations of schools varied, but the dominant pattern was eight years of primary school followed by four years…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Middle Schools, High Schools, Junior High Schools