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Shah, Meetal Jaswant – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Significant attention is being paid to how assessments aligned to learning trajectories (LTs) can be used as a means to locate students' progress in learning big ideas in mathematics over time. Furthermore, data from LT-aligned assessments have been signaled as key to driving student-centered instruction on a day-to-day basis. For LTs and…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Middle School Students, Validity, Models
Esquivel, Amy – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This phenomenological case study examined factors such as academic support, administrative support, resource support, and social-emotional support, influencing middle school mathematics and science teacher retention in middle schools with high retention rates in a South Texas public school district as perceived by educators working in the same…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Public School Teachers
Peterson, Linda K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this explanatory case study was to elaborate on Desimone's professional development framework which holds that effective professional development should include five core features: content focus, active learning, coherence, duration, and collective participation. It did so by investigating the perceptions, professional learning, and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
Ballard, Jack – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Creekside High School is a high-performing public high school where students who are not White or Asian face a racialized school environment. This dissertation examines the school's initiative to detrack its ninth grade Algebra class. Detracking is the process of placing students in heterogeneous classes instead of grouping students by ability.…
Descriptors: High School Students, Racial Bias, Grade 9, Mathematics Education
Taylor, Lakiesha R. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
With a steady increase of virtual learning courses taught throughout K-12 education, limited empirical research exists to allow educational leaders and policy makers the ability to accurately identify student demographic characteristics that correlate to the acquisition of virtual course credit (Barbour, 2009). The purpose of this quantitative…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
Parent-Nichols, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2018
In-service trainings for teachers provide information to influence teacher practice within the complex, dynamic environment of the classroom. Transfer of learning, the ability to use previously learned information in a novel setting or time, is necessary for generalization to actual practice (Sork and Caffarella, 1998). Teachers report that…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Transfer of Training, Generalization
Hock, Sandra L. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Many schools have begun implementing co-teaching involving a general and special education teacher working collaboratively together within a classroom to deliver instruction to all students within a general education classroom environment. This trend has shown progression over the last 20 years with the implementation of the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Special Education Teachers, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Collaboration
Nagle, Corey Edward – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2017) reported that literacy scores have not significantly improved in over 20 years. These scores have prompted investigations of instruction for improving literacy instruction, such as disciplinary literacy (DL), but research supporting DL implementation is limited (Fisher & Ivey, 2005;…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
Aquino, Elsie – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The conservation, preservation, and protection of the environment are responsibilities that must be globally shared by human beings to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED, 1987, p. 43). When citizens acquire…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Conservation (Environment), Justice
Ferrell, Laura – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Learning for all students is the most fundamental and noble quest of American public schools. As new educational research presents best practice, this seemingly simplistic goal has become a multifaceted and complicated challenge for school districts. Classroom hierarchies based solely on grade point average are disappearing, replaced by an…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Grade 8
Buck, Jacob – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study is to measure the effects that professional development focused on specific Danielson domains has on teacher professional practice and student achievement. This was studied in a suburban Chicago junior high school with a student enrollment of 511 students and 40 certified staff members. The study followed a mixed method,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Junior High School Students
Fortson, Brenda K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study explores factors that may be related to Mississippi's 2015 eighth-grade reading scores, which rank the state in 50th place (Nation's Report Card, 2016). Whereas there are likely several factors that contribute to middle-school students' poor performance on the high-stakes tests, this study examines teachers' reported knowledge and use…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Middle School Students, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods
Thomsen, Travis – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Remediating student learning deficits in the area of reading is of the utmost importance, as the ability to read has a lifelong impact on learning. Schools and school districts are ranked on their ability to demonstrate growth in core areas of education, including reading. Although many programs, strategies, and remedies are extant for identifying…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Scores, Correlation, Middle Schools
Hancock, James K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of professional learning communities by comparing practices and strategies of content and grade level teams in middle schools. Utilizing data from student assessment, comparison of teams in this middle school was conducted to determine practices and conversations that have an impact on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Strategies, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Leadership
Alhajeri, Ohoud Nasser – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study examines teachers' perspectives and challenges with tablet use with students with autism in elementary and middle school inclusive classrooms. Surprisingly little is known about teachers use of tablets with students with autism in inclusive settings. Most studies on the use of tablets have been conducted in segregated settings, not in…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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