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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
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