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Voight, A.; Hanson, T. – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2012
This information memo provides an annotated list of extant surveys used to assess school climate, classroom climate, or teacher effectiveness that are designed for use in middle schools. The purpose is to assist educators to select or design surveys to assess school climate in middle schools, with a particular focus on assessing student engagement…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Classroom Environment, Teacher Effectiveness, Middle Schools
Hein, Vanessa; Smerdon, Becky; Sambolt, Megan – College and Career Readiness and Success Center, 2013
The purpose of this brief is to provide information to state, district, and school personnel seeking support to determine whether their students are on a path to postsecondary success. The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) has received technical assistance requests from a number of states regarding factors that predict…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Postsecondary Education, Success, College Readiness
Montgomery, Joel R. – Online Submission, 2009
This article highlights significant research about what below grade-level reading means in middle school classrooms and suggests a tested approach to improve reading comprehension levels significantly by using audio books. The use of these audio books can improve reading and academic performance for both English language learners (ELLs) and for…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Audio Books
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Gerrity, Kevin W. – Music Educators Journal, 2009
In his book "Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools," Charles Hoffer reported a lack of consensus among music educators when considering the essential components of a middle-level general music course. Today, this condition persists. The increasingly diverse nature of students and schools makes a singular, model curriculum for middle-level…
Descriptors: Music Education, Secondary Education, Adolescents, Teaching Methods
Montgomery, Joel R. – Online Submission, 2008
This paper identifies a series of activities which reinforce each other and form part of a thematic unit of instruction across the content areas for English language learners (ELLs). These activities will be connected to the relevant English language proficiency (ELP) standards established at level three by the World-Class Instructional Design…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Second Language Learning, Consortia, English (Second Language)
Montgomery, Joel R. – Online Submission, 2008
This working paper explores reasons to encourage parents of English language learners (ELLs) to be involved in the learning process at the middle school level. Barriers to parental involvement of language minority students will be identified and successful, research-based strategies to increase parental involvement will be introduced. Five…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Parent Participation, Second Language Learning, Parent School Relationship
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Myers, Sonya M.; Pianta, Robert C. – Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2008
Understanding factors associated with children's early behavioral difficulties is of vital importance to children's school success, and to the prevention of future behavior problems. Although biological factors can influence the expression of certain behaviors, the probability of children exhibiting classroom behavior problems is intensified when…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Risk, Student Characteristics
Montgomery, Joel R. – Online Submission, 2008
This paper will compare the uses of selected formal and informal assessments of English language learners (ELLs) in the Language Experience class [TRANSLANGEXP7(&8)-008] at Kimball Middle School, Illinois School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois, during school year 2007- 2008. See figure 1 (page 14) for a graphic display of these assessments…
Descriptors: Informal Assessment, Second Language Learning, Language Enrichment, Language Experience Approach
Roth, Kathleen; Givvin, Karen B. – Principal Leadership, 2008
Media headlines often announce that U.S. students do not shine in international comparisons in mathematics and science, but seldom does any one focus on the specifics of how instruction differs among countries and how U.S. educators can alter their practices to improve student achievement. Examining key findings from the Third International…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
Brown, Peter – DesignShare (NJ1), 2007
Brown discusses the history of Hector Garcia, a Mexican immigrant who, as U.S. Army captain, worked diligently to assist minority servicemen in navigating the Veterans Administration, and found the GI Forum. Dr. Garcia's activism, through the Forum, was instrumental in desegregating hospitals, swimming pools, schools and cemeteries. Brown's case…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Veterans, Citizenship Education, Case Studies
Evertson, Carolyn M.; Neal, Kristen W. – National Education Association Research Department, 2006
Recent research is revealing a great deal about how changes in educational practices and policies can revamp classrooms and schools to close the achievement gaps and promote excellence in learning for all students. This working paper examines best practices that shift classroom management's emphasis from controlling students' behavior to creating…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Change, Classroom Techniques, Academic Achievement
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Holcomb-McCoy, Cheryl – Professional School Counseling, 2005
The influence of ethnic identity development on adolescents' achievement, self-concept, and behaviors has been reviewed extensively in the literature. However, the role that school counselors play in enhancing middle school students' ethnic identity development has received little attention. This article reviews the definition of ethnic identity…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Adolescent Development, Early Adolescents, Middle Schools
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Woolsey, M. Lynn; Harrison, Tina J.; Gardner, Ralph, III – Education and Treatment of Children, 2004
Using an ecobehavioral assessment tool, Mainstream Code for Instructional Structure and Student Academic Response (MS-CISSAR), this preliminary descriptive study examined the instructional arrangements, teaching behaviors, and levels of academic responding of nine deaf middle school students in three school settings that represented the continuum…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Residential Schools, Public Schools, Behavior Disorders