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Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
The role that social media should play in education is being hotly debated in school districts across the country. The adoption of social networking for educational purposes lags behind the public's general usage because educators fear that students will be exposed to inappropriate online content, unwanted adult interactions, and bullying from…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2008
There is a growing consensus among educators and the general public that technology should play a more integral role in students' education. However, the question of whether the introduction of technology into the classroom has a positive impact on teaching and learning is still under intense debate within the educational community. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2006
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) earned a performance grade of "B" for the second year in a row and was just seven points short of the points required to earn an "A." This Research Capsule summarizes several key elements that contributed to the district's achievement. Results indicate that, in most cases, students'…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Student Evaluation, Racial Differences
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2007
Recent research has demonstrated that students with normal hearing ability benefit from the use of classroom amplification systems. Amplification systems allow teachers to control, stabilize, and equalize the classroom acoustical environment so their voices are clearly audible over background noise at all locations within the classroom. Studies…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Attendance, Acoustics, Classroom Environment
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
States across the country are developing pre-kindergarten standards that articulate expectations for preschooler's learning and development and define the manner in which services will be provided. There are two different types of standards: student outcome standards and program standards. Student outcome standards define the knowledge and skills…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Standards, Program Administration
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
In December 2009, "U.S. News & World Report" published its list of the nation's top 100 high schools. The magazine awarded an additional 1,687 high schools it judged to be deserving of special recognition with silver medals, bronze medals, and honorable mentions. High schools receiving awards demonstrated an ability to provide all…
Descriptors: High Schools, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Awards
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2009
The majority of school districts in the U.S. are providing some form of online learning for their students. In the past, virtual schools primarily targeted advanced students who didn't have access to certain courses in their regular schools. Recently, however, many virtual schools have shifted their focus to credit recovery as a way to provide…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, At Risk Students, Cost Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2010
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a process that addresses both the identification of learning disabilities and the design of early intervention and instruction. RtI provides a framework upon which to structure high quality instruction for all students and a means by which to identify those in need of more intensive intervention. The process is…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Early Intervention, Disability Identification, Program Descriptions
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
Researchers have found that middle school students undergo developmental changes that require unique educational structures and support. As a result, experts have suggested a number of specific strategies for organizing middle schools in order to best meet students' needs. This Information Capsule summarizes middle school redesign initiatives that…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Educational Environment, Educational Change
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2010
During the 2008-09 school year, over 5,000 charter schools operated in 40 states and Washington, D.C. and were attended by over 1.5 million students, or about three percent of the nation's public school students. Although the first U.S. charter schools opened in 1992, debate continues over whether they provide students with a better education than…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Evidence, Program Effectiveness
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2006
Teaching from a global perspective is important because the lives of people around the world are increasingly interconnected through politics, economics, technology, and the environment. Global education teaches students to understand and appreciate people from different cultural backgrounds; view events from a variety of perspectives; recognize…
Descriptors: Global Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2010
The combination of difficult economic times and increased accountability has led policymakers to call for evidence that students taught by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)-certified teachers make greater achievement gains than those taught by non-NBPTS-certified teachers. Overall, studies show mixed results regarding the…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Academic Achievement, Evidence, Program Effectiveness
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2010
During the 2008-09 school year, over 5,000 charter schools operated in 40 states and Washington, D.C. and were attended by over 1.5 million students, or about three percent of the nation's public school students. Although the first U.S. charter schools opened in 1992, debate continues over whether they provide students with a better education than…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Evidence, Program Effectiveness
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2006
The federal No Child Left Behind Act and its mandate for adequate yearly progress has placed unprecedented demands on districts to use evidence to support their school improvement efforts. Research has not yet determined if data-driven decision making leads to improvements in teaching and learning since most outcomes reported to date are based on…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Educational Opportunities, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2007
In an effort to support the development of higher levels of foreign language proficiency among our nation's students, researchers have examined the effectiveness of foreign language programs based on the amount of time students receive instruction, the age at which instruction begins, and the course schedule utilized. This Information Capsule…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Second Language Programs, Language Proficiency
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