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Dikkers, Amy Garrett; Whiteside, Aimee L.; Lewis, Somer – Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 2013
Using the Social Presence Model (SPM), the authors explore the teacher and student experience at the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), the largest public online secondary school where teachers design and develop the curriculum. Through a series of surveys, focus groups, and interviews, this two-year mixed methods study investigates the…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses, Secondary School Teachers, Curriculum Development
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LaForce, Melanie; Noble, Elizabeth; King, Heather; Century, Jeanne; Blackwell, Courtney; Holt, Sandra; Ibrahim, Ahmed; Loo, Stephanie – International Journal of STEM Education, 2016
Background: Inclusive STEM (traditionally known to stand for "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math") high schools are emerging across the country as a mechanism for improving STEM education and getting more and diverse students into STEM majors and careers. However, there is no consensus on what these schools are or should be,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High School Students, School Effectiveness, Inclusion
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Alvarez-Bell, Rosa M.; Wirtz, Derrick; Bian, Hui – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2017
When implementing innovative teaching techniques, instructors often seek to gauge the success of their methods. Proposing one approach to assessing classroom innovation, this study examines the ability of students' ratings of engagement and instructional practices to predict their learning in a cooperative (team-based) framework. After identifying…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Educational Practices, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement
Perry, Lane; Farmer, Betty; Onder, David; Tanner, Benjamin; Burton, Carol – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
As a descriptive case study from Western Carolina University (WCU), this article describes the development of a measuring, monitoring, and tracking system (the WCU Community-based Activities Survey) for faculty engagement in, adoption of, and impact through community engagement practices both internal and external to their courses. This paper will…
Descriptors: Community Surveys, Case Studies, Teacher Participation, College Faculty
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB's) Commission on Career and Technical Education challenges states to build bridges from high school to postsecondary attainment and career advancement by developing rigorous, relevant career pathways that align secondary, postsecondary, and workplace learning and lead to high-skill, high-wage jobs in…
Descriptors: Credentials, Regional Programs, Alignment (Education), Articulation (Education)
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Barnes, Jenna K.; Guin, Autumn; Allen, Kim – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2018
Providing early childhood professionals with professional development opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge can improve quality of care. For professional development to be valued by the early childhood workforce, it is essential to offer meaningful content that accommodates the needs of the learner. With an increasing demand for…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Educational Quality
Mourning, Erica – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Economically disadvantaged students are being outperformed by their non-disadvantaged peers in middle school mathematics. This problem is evidenced by 2013 data from a national middle school mathematics assessment which revealed an achievement gap of 27 scale score points. Closing this gap is important to schools with high populations of…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Models, Mathematics Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged
Fishman, Shira; Henderson, Whitney; Irish, Jamie; Lyons, Katie; Ross, Leslie – TNTP, 2012
Founded by TNTP, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for the nation's best teachers in high-poverty public schools. The goal is to shine a spotlight on great teaching and amplify the voices of some of the nation's best educators so that others can gain insight into their remarkable classrooms. No more than five…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Instruction
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Barrett-Tatum, Jennifer; Smith, Jason M. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2018
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were adopted in an effort to create a consistent set of standards across schools, districts, and states in order to ensure equality of educational opportunities for all students in the country. Educational reform through standardization implies that across thousands of miles and millions of students,…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Educational Change, Rural Areas, Geographic Regions
Whatley, Amanda Edwards – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of writing on the content areas when coupled with ongoing professional development and support for content-area teachers. Research shows that writing is an essential skill for success in and beyond the school setting. Research further indicates that writing plays an important role in student…
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Writing Instruction, Writing Achievement, Faculty Development
Jacobs, Thach Kam Yin – ProQuest LLC, 2010
An exploratory quantitative study of professional learning communities and student achievement in the largest school system in the State of North Carolina provides evidence to support systemic implementation of professional learning community practices and activities. A one-way ANOVA was conducted to explore the impact of teachers' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Community Characteristics, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
Cook, Philip J.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Gifford, Elizabeth J.; Schulting, Amy B. – Grantee Submission, 2017
Frequent absences in the primary grades are associated with school disengagement, academic failure, and eventual dropout. The Early Truancy Prevention Project (ETPP) was designed to improve attendance of primary grade children by facilitating communication between teachers and parents and giving the teachers the lead role in intervening with…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Attendance, Prevention, Pilot Projects
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Sullivan, Brittany; Hegde, Archana V.; Ballard, Sharon M.; Ticknor, Anne S. – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Presence of English Language Learners (ELLs) is ever-increasing in our kindergarten-Grade 12 sector. With this influx of students who may need specialised attention, it is essential for educators and teacher education programmes alike to focus on preparation for serving such a population. While research depicts lack of training, it also elicits an…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Native Speakers
Benedict, Amber; Holdheide, Lynn; Brownell, Mary; Foley, Abigail Marshall – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2016
This Special Issues Brief from the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR Center) and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) outlines essential features for providing high-quality, structured, and sequenced opportunities to practice within teacher preparation programs. This brief is…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies, College Faculty, Educational Innovation
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Shoemaker, Sarah E.; Thomas, Christopher; Roberts, Todd; Boltz, Robin – Gifted Child Today, 2016
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) offers students a wide variety of real-world opportunities to develop skills and talent critical for students to gain the essential professional and personal skills that lead to success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. One of the key avenues available…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Mentors, Talent Development, High School Students
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