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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