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Clark, Tedra F.; Arens, Sheila A.; Stewart, Joshua – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
Mastering mathematics is important for all students, not only because such success increases college and career options and prospects for future income, but also because mathematics literacy helps citizens and policy leaders to make sound judgments (NMAP, 2008). Research suggests that the rural achievement gap can be addressed with modifiable…
Descriptors: Readiness, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Middle School Students
Mazzeo, Deborah; Arens, Sheila A.; Germeroth, Carrie; Hein, Heather – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
Preschool is a crucial time for obesity prevention, as children are developing eating and physical activity habits. A lack of physical activity at preschool may contribute more to overweight children than parental influences such as modeling and supporting physical activity or providing fitness equipment in the home. Let Me Play is a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Physical Activities, Child Health, Comprehensive Programs
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Arens, Sheila A.; Stoker, Ginger; Barker, Jane; Shebby, Susan; Wang, Xin; Cicchinelli, Lou F.; Williams, Jean M. – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2012
This study responds to regional and national needs by examining the impact on students' English language proficiency of a particular set of ELL-specific classroom materials in combination with a specific teacher professional development program. The classroom materials used in this study, entitled On Our Way to English (OWE), were authored by…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English Language Learners, Spanish Speaking, Language Proficiency
Lefkowits, Laura; Arens, Sheila A. – Mid Continent Research for Education and Learning, 2004
In response to the need to ensure that standards fulfill their promise of supporting a system of education that leaves no child behind, McREL created a multimedia, multi-site, ongoing nationwide dialogue related to standards-based reform efforts. These dialogues provided participants with opportunities to share underlying assumptions, beliefs, and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Resource Allocation
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Delandshere, Ginette; Arens, Sheila A. – Journal of Teacher Education, 2003
Investigated portfolios as a means of generating the evidence necessary to make judgments about student teachers' teaching and understanding. Data from institutions currently using portfolios indicated that teacher educators focused on rallying evidence that students were meeting standards without much opportunity for meaningful dialogue about…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Portfolio Assessment
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Delandshere, Ginette; Arens, Sheila A. – Teaching and Teacher Education, 2001
Presents findings from case studies of two states (Vermont and Indiana) that have been engaged in standards-based reforms of teacher education. Reported results emphasize the problematic influence that adopted standards may have on teacher educators' conceptions of teaching as well as on their openness to inquiry and dialogue about alternative…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Arens, Sheila A.; Meyer, Rhonda D. – 2000
The recent call for "algebra for all" provided not only the impetus for teaching elementary students differently, but also for changing the way teachers are trained. University mathematics courses for pre-service teachers have undergone changes, and professional development sessions for in-service teachers have been created. The Mid-continent…
Descriptors: Algebra, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction
Barley, Zoe; Lauer, Patricia A.; Arens, Sheila A.; Apthorp, Helen A.; Englert, Kerry S.; Snow, David; Akiba, Motoko – 2002
This report synthesizes research on helping at-risk students meet academic standards. The studies chosen had to be published after 1984, be implemented in the United States, relate to K-12 students, directly assess students' academic achievement, address strategies that could be implemented in the regular classroom, and use strategies targeting…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Behaviorism, Classroom Techniques
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Torres, Rosalie T.; Stone, Sharon Padilla; Butkus, Deborah L.; Hook, Barbara B.; Casey, Jill; Arens, Sheila A. – New Directions for Evaluation, 2000
Uses the evaluation of a family literacy program as the basis for an analysis of the benefits of collaborative evaluation. Identifies enhanced learning, efficient data collection and problem planning, deepened professional and personal relationships, and strengthened convictions as results of the collaboration. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Data Collection, Democracy, Evaluation Methods
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Owens, Stephen J.; Klebe, Kelli J.; Arens, Sheila A.; Durham, Robert L.; Hughes, Joel; Moor, Candace J.; O'Keefe, Maureen; Phillips, Janis; Sarno, Julie A.; Stommel, Joe – Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 1997
Examines the effectiveness of Colorado's Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) program in reducing recidivism rates. Two studies were conducted to investigate parolees' (N=536) return to prison. Results did not demonstrate the effectiveness of TASC: TASC participants did not have a lower recidivism when compared to nonparticipants. (RJM)
Descriptors: Correctional Rehabilitation, Criminals, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Outcomes of Treatment