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Jayanthi, Madhavi; Dimino, Joseph; Gersten, Russell; Taylor, Mary Jo; Haymond, Kelly; Smolkowski, Keith; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2018
The purpose of this replication study was to examine the impact of the Teacher Study Group (TSG) professional development in vocabulary on first-grade teachers' knowledge of vocabulary instruction and observed teaching practice, and on students' vocabulary knowledge. Sixty-two schools from 16 districts in four states were randomly assigned to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Grade 1
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Gersten, Russell; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca; Haymond, Kelly S.; Dimino, Joseph – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Response to intervention (RTI) is a comprehensive early detection and prevention strategy used to identify and support struggling students before they fall behind. An RTI model usually has three tiers or levels of support. Tier 1 is generally defined as classroom instruction provided to all students, tier 2 is typically a preventive intervention…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Primary Education, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Gersten, Russell – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
In this commentary, the author reflects on four studies that have greatly expanded the knowledge base on effective interventions in mathematics, and he provides four rigorous experimental studies of approaches for students likely to experience difficulties learning mathematics over a large grade-level span (pre-K to 4th grade). All of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Preschool Education, Intervention
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Richards-Tutor, Catherine; Baker, Doris L.; Gersten, Russell; Baker, Scott K.; Smith, Jeanie Mercier – Exceptional Children, 2016
This article reviews published experimental studies from 2000 to 2012 that evaluated the effects of providing reading interventions to English learners who were at risk for experiencing academic difficulties, including students with learning disabilities. Criteria included: (a) the study was published in a peer-referred journal, (b) the study was…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Instruction, Literature Reviews, Electronic Libraries
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Gersten, Russell; Rolfhus, Eric; Clarke, Ben; Decker, Lauren E.; Wilkins, Chuck; Dimino, Joseph – American Educational Research Journal, 2015
Replication studies are extremely rare in education. This randomized controlled trial (RCT) is a scale-up replication of Fuchs et al., which in a sample of 139 found a statistically significant positive impact for Number Rockets, a small-group intervention for at-risk first graders that focused on building understanding of number operations. The…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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Gersten, Russell; Dimino, Joseph; Jayanthi, Madhavi; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca; Taylor, Mary Jo – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The ESEA Blueprint for Reform states that teachers need "effective, ongoing, job-embedded, professional development that is targeted to student and school needs… [and] aligned with evidence of improvements in student learning." Unfortunately, the professional development approaches advocated, though sensible and compelling in theory,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Vocabulary Development, Observation, Grade 1
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Rolfhus, Eric; Gersten, Russell; Clarke, Ben; Decker, Lauren E.; Wilkins, Chuck; Dimino, Joseph – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2012
The 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) approved schools' use of alternative methods for determining student eligibility for special education services. IDEA encourages schools to intervene as soon as there is a valid indication that a student might experience academic difficulties, rather than after…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Eligibility, Tutor Training
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Bryant, Diane Pedrotty; Bryant, Brian R.; Roberts, Greg; Vaughn, Sharon; Pfannenstiel, Kathleen Hughes; Porterfield, Jennifer; Gersten, Russell – Exceptional Children, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an early numeracy preventative Tier 2 intervention on the mathematics performance of first-grade students with mathematics difficulties. Researchers used a pretest-posttest control group design with randomized assignment of 139 students to the Tier 2 treatment condition and 65 students to…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Mathematics Achievement, Numeracy
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Bryant, Diane Pedrotty; Bryant, Brian R.; Roberts, Greg; Vaughn, Sharon; Pfannenstiel, Kathleen Hughes; Porterfield, Jennifer; Gersten, Russell – Grantee Submission, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an early numeracy preventative Tier 2 intervention on the mathematics performance of first-grade students with mathematics difficulties. Researchers used a pretest-posttest control group design with randomized assignment of 139 students to the Tier 2 treatment condition and 65 students to…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Numeracy, Intervention, Mathematics Skills
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Gersten, Russell; Dimino, Joseph; Jayanthi, Madhavi; Kim, James S.; Santoro, Lana Edwards – American Educational Research Journal, 2010
Randomized field trials were used to examine the impact of the Teacher Study Group (TSG), a professional development model, on first grade teachers' reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction, their knowledge of these areas, and the comprehension and vocabulary achievement of their students. The multisite study was conducted in three large…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Grade 1, Reading Instruction
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Bryant, Diane Pedrotty; Bryant, Brian R.; Gersten, Russell; Scammacca, Nancy; Chavez, Melissa M. – Remedial and Special Education, 2008
This study sought to examine the effects of Tier 2 intervention in a multitiered model on the performance of first- and second-grade students who were identified as having mathematics difficulties. A regression discontinuity design was utilized. Participants included 126 (Tier 2, n = 26) first graders and 140 (Tier 2, n = 25) second graders. Tier…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Grade 1, Mathematics Skills, Intervention
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Baker, Scott K.; Gersten, Russell; Haager, Diane; Dingle, Mary – Elementary School Journal, 2006
Validation of a classroom observation measure for use with English Learners (ELs) in grade 1 was the focus of this study. Fourteen teachers were observed during reading and language arts instruction with an instrument used to generate ratings of instructional quality on a number of dimensions. In these classrooms we assessed the reading…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grade 1, Early Reading, Teaching Methods
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Gersten, Russell; Baker, Scott K.; Haager, Diane; Graves, Anne W. – Remedial & Special Education, 2005
The first portion of this article describes the development and validation of a classroom observation measure. The goal of the measure was to assess the quality of reading instruction provided to first-grade English learners. We report the internal consistency reliability, interrater reliability, the development of empirically derived subscales,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Reading Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness
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Graves, Anne W.; Gersten, Russell; Haager, Diane – Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 2004
This study examined literacy instruction in 14 first-grade classrooms of English learners (ELS) in three schools in a large urban school district in southern California over a two-year period. Pre- and posttest measures of oral-reading fluency for 186 first graders, representing 11 native languages, were the outcome data. Reading-fluency data were…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grade 1, Teaching Methods, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Gersten, Russell; Beckmann, Sybilla; Clarke, Benjamin; Foegen, Anne; Marsh, Laurel; Star, Jon R.; Witzel, Bradley – What Works Clearinghouse, 2009
Students struggling with mathematics may benefit from early interventions aimed at improving their mathematics ability and ultimately preventing subsequent failure. This guide provides eight specific recommendations intended to help teachers, principals, and school administrators use Response to Intervention (RtI) to identify students who need…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students