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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
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
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
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