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Browne, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A new RAND Corporation study shows that voluntary summer programs can benefit children from low-income families, particularly those with high attendance. Programs studied in five school districts had several elements in common: a mix of academics and enrichment activities, certified teachers, small class sizes, full-day programming provided five…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Strategies, Program Implementation
Dennis, Danielle V. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
The University of South Florida has designed and initiated a two-year teacher residency program that intends to meld classroom preservice teacher instruction with work in classrooms with children from low-income and urban backgrounds. The Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program is a joint effort between the University of South Florida and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Integrated Activities, Student Teaching, Conventional Instruction
Tupa, Megan; McFadden, Ledyard – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
Finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education demonstrate that identifying strategies that fit the local context is essential in creating success for students. Long Beach Unified School District in California and Broward County Public Schools in Florida demonstrate how districts can use different strategies to achieve the same goals.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Education, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools
Maunsell, Patricia A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
States, districts, and schools must work to develop effective implementation and communications plans around the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments. The Education Trust commissioned research on the communication of changes to state assessments in the recent past and lessons learned from that effort identify key elements of an…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Assessment, Stakeholders
Rutledge, Stacey A.; Cannata, Marisa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
The authors report on a yearlong investigation into similar schools that performed well and less well in the same district. They found that the higher-performing schools engaged in an intentional set of systemic practices that encourage Personalization for Academic and Social Learning (PASL) in one district and integrated structures of academic…
Descriptors: Effective Schools Research, High Schools, Best Practices, Identification
Kantrov, Ilene – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The Academy of Information Technology and Robotics (AITR) in the Volusia County (Florida) Schools district is leading students to stronger academic gains and better preparation for college and career. AITR is a beefed-up version of the career academy model that began in Philadelphia in 1969. The strengths of AITR exemplify the features of career…
Descriptors: Models, Educational Practices, Improvement Programs, Career Academies
Spiro, Jody D. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
The idea that principals should focus more closely on teaching and learning did not emerge prominently until the mid-1990s. Then educators and policy makers began to realize that school leadership matters to student achievement. In a dozen years of working with states, districts, researchers and others, the Wallace Foundation has pinpointed five…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Instructional Leadership, Educational Environment
McFadden, Ledyard – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
Miami-Dade County Public Schools invested in an intensive, three-year program to improve the learning of students in its 39 lowest-performing schools. Known as the Zone, these schools experienced mixed success, with elementary schools reducing the gap between various groups of students while middle and high schools were less successful. However,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Educational Improvement, Low Achievement
Butzin, Sarah M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Who says learning always has to be drudgery? Sarah Butzin, the founder of the Institute for School Innovation, proposes "triangulated learning" as a way to give children time to play and develop, even as they pursue high standards. Triangulation is a metaphor for strength. A triangulated learning system taps the power of three to meet…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction
Jones, Brett D.; Egley, Robert J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2006
Teachers and principals don't always agree about the effects on education of accountability systems based on high-stakes testing. Mr. Jones and Mr. Egley look at the implications of these differing perceptions and suggest some strategies for creating a climate in which teachers and administrators can move forward on improving student learning.…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
McCombs, Jennifer Sloan; Marsh, Julie A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
A popular approach for improving students' literacy skills is school-based literacy or reading coaches--specially trained master teachers who provide leadership for the school's literacy program and offer on-site and ongoing professional development support for teachers so they can improve the literacy skills of their students. To understand the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Focus Groups, Literacy, Master Teachers