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Rosenthal, Julie L.; Donnantuono, Marie; Lebron, Mary; Flynn, Christina – School-University Partnerships, 2017
This paper reports the effects on children, teacher candidates, and classroom teachers of a PDS-based initial certification course in the teaching of literacy. In this course, teacher candidates work with individual struggling readers on a range of literacy tasks, and the classroom teacher and university faculty member serve as course…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Professional Development Schools, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
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Kent, Shawn C.; Wanzek, Jeanne; Al Otaiba, Stephanie – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2017
The present study examined the amount, type, and quality of Tier 1 and supplemental reading instruction provided to 4th-grade struggling readers and whether specific elements of instruction predicted growth in reading skills. In all, 110 students identified as having reading difficulty who were receiving school-based reading instruction in 22…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction
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Gellert, Anna S.; Elbro, Carsten – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2017
The present study examined the construct and predictive validity of a dynamic test of decoding. In theory, a dynamic test provides a direct measure of potential for learning. In this study, children were taught 3 novel letters and how to blend the sounds of those into new words, then they were tested on different words comprising the 3 letters.…
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Kindergarten, Reading Difficulties, Grade 1
Kaminski, Ruth A.; Powell-Smith, Kelly A. – Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 2017
Phonemic awareness has been consistently identified as an essential skill for as well as an important predictor of later reading achievement. Children who lack these early literacy skills at kindergarten entry are more likely to demonstrate both short- and long-term reading difficulties. Despite the importance of providing intervention early,…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Early Intervention, Preschool Children, Phonemic Awareness
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Ortiz, Miriam; Folsom, Jessica S.; Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Greulich, Luana; Thomas-Tate, Shurita; Connor, Carol M. – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This study, framed by the component model of reading (CMR), examined the relative importance of kindergarten-entry predictors of first grade reading performance. Specifically, elements within the ecological domain included dialect, maternal education, amount of preschool, and home literacy; elements within the psychological domain included…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Recognition (Achievement), Reading Achievement, Program Effectiveness
Rodgers, Moira Smith – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This qualitative research study was an outcome evaluation of an alternative kindergarten curriculum to those currently used in most public schools. Tools of the Mind, a Vygotskian, play-based curriculum was implemented during the 2010-2011 school year in four kindergarten classrooms, involving data from approximately 50 students, within a public…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Play, Curriculum Evaluation, Outcomes of Education
Feller, Theodore – ProQuest LLC, 2010
For generations--and certainly for the last 30 years--proponents of traditional and progressive philosophies have argued over how best to educate our children. Although this debate is often carried out in the political and academic spheres, the difficulties created by not being able to resolve the differences between the two belief systems become…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Student Evaluation, Beliefs, Predictive Validity
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McAlenney, Athena Lentini; Coyne, Michael D. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2011
Accurate identification of at-risk kindergarten and 1st-grade students through early reading screening is an essential element of responsiveness to intervention models of reading instruction. The authors consider predictive validity and classification accuracy of early reading screening assessments with attention to sensitivity and specificity.…
Descriptors: Intervention, Early Reading, Predictive Validity, At Risk Students
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Holmstrom, Kristi; Wong, Lok-Sze; Krumm, Andrew E. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2015
Raven Elementary teachers collaboratively adhered to a systematic reading program, administered frequent assessments, and their students' test scores improved over time. Our findings indicate that, though effective for improving certain outcomes, such a tightly designed and narrowly focused system created a limiting learning environment for…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Programs
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Doabler, Christian T.; Nelson-Walker, Nancy; Kosty, Derek; Baker, Scott K.; Smolkowski, Keith; Fien, Hank – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
In this study, the authors conceptualize teaching episodes such as an integrated set of observable student-teacher interactions. Instructional interactions that take place between teachers and students around critical academic content are a defining characteristic of classroom instruction and a component carefully defined in many education…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Mathematics Instruction, Academic Achievement, Literacy Education
Jessup, Kathryn – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Instruction--the interaction that takes place between students, teachers, and content--is the foundation in which learning occurs. Effective literacy instruction considers the instructional strategies and foundational teaching components utilized by effective and highly effective teachers during literacy in classrooms of high academic growth. The…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Educational Strategies, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
Pontillo, Carmine – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Staff development training is a method many public schools employ in an effort to prepare their teaching staff to better meet the demands of effectively educating district students. In this mixed methods case study quantitative and qualitative data was incorporated to answer four research questions: (1) How accurately do scores achieved by…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Participative Decision Making, Faculty Development
Baker, Doris Luft; Burns, Darci; Kame'enui, Edward J.; Smolkowski, Keith; Baker, Scott King – Grantee Submission, 2015
This study examines the effect of 30 min of small group explicit instruction on reading outcomes for first-grade Spanish-speaking English learners (ELs) at risk of reading difficulties. Participants were 78 ELs from seven schools who were receiving Spanish only, or Spanish and English, whole group reading instruction in first grade. Students were…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Reading Instruction, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Kuo, Nai-Cheng – Journal of Educational Issues, 2016
The number of applied behavior analysis (ABA) classrooms for students with autism is increasing in K-12 public schools. To inform instruction of students with autism in public school settings, this study examined the relation between performance on mastery learning assessments and standardized achievement tests for students with autism spectrum…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Teaching Methods, Public Schools
South Dakota Department of Education, 2012
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE, 2005) defines response to intervention (RTI) as the practice of providing high-quality instruction and intervention based on a student's needs, changing instruction and/or goals through frequent monitoring of progress, and applying the student response data to important…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, Models, At Risk Students
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