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Gates, Claire; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2010
The Kent School District in Kent, Washington, adopted the use of video study groups (VSGs) during the 2008-09 school year to help teachers apply research-based strategies to support struggling math students. This form of embedded professional development has been around since the 1960s but is getting renewed attention because video equipment is…
Descriptors: School Districts, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Practices
Barton, Rhonda; Reed, Bracken – Principal Leadership, 2010
The historic 2008 presidential election provided unprecedented opportunities to engage young people in civic education--including heated classroom debates on contentious issues, social studies lessons on the electoral process, and opportunities to volunteer for national and local campaigns. Civic engagement can take many forms, including…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Service Learning, Volunteers
Barton, Rhonda; Stepanek, Jennifer – Principal Leadership, 2009
This article discusses a three-tiered, differentiated curriculum in a response to intervention (RTI) framework that has successfully raised achievement at all levels, but is particularly successful with ninth-grade students. Walla Walla (Washington) School District implemented the three-tiered intervention program as a series of differentiated…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Pilot Projects, Supplementary Education, Curriculum Design
Kassissieh, Julia; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2009
Although practitioners have been asked to make fundamental shifts in their beliefs about reaching all students, the structures of high schools to support that work have not changed appreciably. Teachers teach in isolation, departmental silos lack curricular and instructional coherence across core subject areas, and few teachers share students in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers
Davis, Deborah; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2006
Erin Rogers is on a mission to change teachers' minds. As a literacy coach at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, she advises other teachers on how to infuse literacy into lessons across the curriculum. It's not an easy job: many secondary school instructors see themselves as content experts and believe that teaching reading is best left…
Descriptors: School Districts, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, High School Students