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Richburg-Burgess, Jacqueline – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Closing the achievement gap in reading for struggling students is a goal that most urban schools are striving to achieve in this era of No Child Left Behind. Early intervention remains the best approach for successfully supporting those who struggle in the primary grades, but instruction must be targeted or matched to the assessed needs of the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Urban Schools, Achievement Gap, Teaching Methods
DiNardo, Lynne M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Professional learning communities (PLC) are one strategy aimed at facilitating teacher professional development, with a focus on increasing student achievement. This mixed methods study investigated the impact of professional learning on student achievement. A total of 6 teachers and 121 students recruited from the third and fifth grades of a…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Emergent Literacy
Wendell, Cynthia F. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of Whole Faculty Study Groups on student achievement and teacher practices in grades K-3 of a Nebraska school district. Whole-Faculty Study Groups (WFSG) are a type of professional learning community (PLC). Using a mixed method approach, both K-3 student scores on Dynamic Indicators of Basic…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, School Districts