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Coburn, Cynthia E.; Hill, Heather C.; Spillane, James P. – Educational Researcher, 2016
Both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and recent efforts to hold schools and teachers accountable have been hotly debated among practitioners, policymakers, and the public at large. Much of the debate centers on the merits and demerits of these initiatives and the general approach they represent to reforming teaching and learning. In this…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Accountability, Policy Formation, Program Implementation
Robinson, Lora; Maldonado, Nancy; Whaley, Jerita – Online Submission, 2014
The absence of differentiated instruction in many classrooms stifles success for students who do not learn the same way as their peers. Providing teachers with the knowledge and tools to differentiate in their classrooms may increase test scores and help low achieving students find success, while expanding the learning growth of gifted and…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Curriculum Implementation, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment
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Roberson, Sam – Education, 2014
The work of schools is teaching and learning. However, the current educational culture is dominated by three characteristics: (1) the mechanistic view of organization and its practice based on the assembly line model where students progress along a value added conveyor; (2) the predominance of the Essentialist philosophy of education, in which the…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Models, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Harding, Tracy – Online Submission, 2015
Combination classes are often created out of financial necessity rather than a desire to engage students in multiage learning. Teachers assigned to these classrooms come from the general teaching pool and may not have specialized training around the intricacies of multiage teaching. A review of the literature indicates that the United States has a…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Mixed Age Grouping, Multigraded Classes, Lesson Plans
Gillies, Robyn M. – SAGE Publications (CA), 2007
Although cooperative learning is widely endorsed as a pedagogical practice that promotes learning and socialization among students, teachers still struggle with how to introduce it into their classrooms. This text highlights the strategies teachers can use to challenge student thinking and scaffold their learning as well as the strategies students…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teachers, Student Participation, Cooperative Learning
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Gilbert, Ashley Danielle – Arts Education Policy Review, 2016
Federal laws and funding initiatives, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Race to the Top campaign, have created an increasing incentive for schools nationwide to document student progress, standardize assessment practices, and evaluate teachers according to student success. In response, the Common Core State Standards, a popular yet…
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, Common Core State Standards
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Thompson, Carmelita – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2015
The principal is the key element in shaping and sustaining educational programs that provide children with disabilities the opportunity to be educated in the general education setting. Federal mandates require compliance in educational services for children with disabilities. This has changed the role of principals in education. As schools strive…
Descriptors: Principals, Inclusion, Disabilities, Special Education
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Compton, Mary V.; Appenzeller, Margo; Kemmery, Megan; Gardiner-Walsh, Stephanie – American Annals of the Deaf, 2015
In a qualitative study conducted in the southern United States, the researchers explored the perceptions of seven itinerant teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing regarding the formation and maintenance of collaborative relationships during consultation services the teachers provide to general educators. The researchers used the…
Descriptors: Itinerant Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Deafness, Partial Hearing
National Council of La Raza, 2013
As states, districts, and schools work to improve academic rigor so that all students graduate prepared for college and careers, it has become clear that more learning time and building additional capacity within the public education system are essential. These issues have particular implications for Latino students, especially English language…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Success, Academic Achievement, College Preparation
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Fulmer, Gavin W. – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The alignment among standards, assessments, and teachers' instruction is an essential element of standards-based educational reforms. The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) is the only common tool that can be used to measure the alignment among all three of these sources (Martone & Sireci, 2009). Prior SEC alignment work has been limited by…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Instruction
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Dymond, Stacy K.; Chun, Eul Jung; Kim, Rah Kyung; Renzaglia, Adelle – Remedial and Special Education, 2013
A statewide survey of coordinators of inclusive high school service-learning programs was conducted to validate elements, methods, and barriers to including students with and without disabilities in service-learning. Surveys were mailed to 655 service-learning coordinators; 190 (29%) returned a completed survey. Findings support the validity of…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Surveys, Validity, Inclusion
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Cacicio, Sarah; Le, Uyen Uyen – Thought & Action, 2014
Without a doubt, the movement toward corporatized, standardized, and even sanitized education models in K-12 education impacts the way students at the higher education level view teaching and learning. New York City public school teachers have been trained to focus entirely on measurable outcomes. Writing is taught as a well-structured paragraph…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Learner Engagement, Inquiry
Burkett, Jacquelyn Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Differentiated Instruction is an approach to teaching which meets the diverse academic needs of students by considering learner readiness, interest and learning style. The approach is grounded in the socio-cultural, multiple intelligence and learning style theories. In addition, differentiation is a research based method for meeting the…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Instruction, Educational Practices, Sociocultural Patterns
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Colombo, Michaela; McMakin, Deborah; Jacobs, Cynthia; Shestok, Carol – Multicultural Perspectives, 2013
In this article the authors explore the role of critical hope as an essential quality in teachers' preparation to teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in the era of No Child Left Behind. The authors found that high stakes testing with inappropriate measures combined with teachers' lack of preparation to teach ELLs resulted in a downward spiral…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Ferreira, Maria M.; Grueber, David; Yarema, Sandra – School Community Journal, 2012
Today's children spend less and less time in the outdoors, leading Richard Louv in 2008 to coin the term "nature deficit disorder." Louv pointed out that experiences with nature are essential to a child's physical and emotional development and that the lack of these types of experiences has led to an increase in child obesity, attention…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Environment, Partnerships in Education, Elementary School Students
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