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Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2016
Minnesotans value education. Education is the largest financial investment in the state budget, and those investments place Minnesota students among the top performers in the nation. Still, substantial gaps in opportunity and performance persist. The three purposes of the needs assessment were to: (1) Describe infrastructure, capacity, and costs…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Needs Assessment, Information Utilization, Program Evaluation
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2016
The Canoemobile program serves as a floating classroom that provides fun and engaging, water-based activities to connect urban youth to the natural world through hands-on, outdoor learning on local waterways in cities across America. The results of the program evaluation suggest that Canoemobile is meeting its primary objectives of engaging…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Physical Environment, Outdoor Education, Adventure Education
Dupuis, Danielle N. – Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2015
The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) conducted two analyses with the purpose of examining the association between elementary school start time and students' academic achievement in mathematics and reading in Wayzata Public Schools. The first analysis examined the association between elementary school start time and…
Descriptors: Scheduling, Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Educational Improvement
Dretzke, Beverly; Ingram, Debra; Peterson, Kristin; Sheldon, Timothy; Wahlstrom, Kyla; Baker, Julia; Crampton, Anne; Farnsworth, Elyse; Lim, Alicia Zhi Hoon; Yap, Shannen – Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2015
Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 8 and 122A.41, Subdivision 5, require that all districts evaluate teachers beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. In response to the statutes, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) convened a work group in early winter 2011 to consult with the MDE Commissioner to develop a state model for teacher…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Evaluation, State Departments of Education, State Legislation
Ingram, Debra – Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2013
Neighborhood Bridges is a nationally recognized literacy program using storytelling and creative drama to help children develop their critical literacy skills and to transform them into storytellers of their own lives. In 2012-2013, a total of 640 students in grades three through six from twenty-three classrooms in eleven schools across the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Story Telling, Drama, Critical Literacy
Ingram, Debra – Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2011
In 2010-2011, students in twenty-five classrooms from eleven schools in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area participated in The Children's Theatre Company's Neighborhood Bridges (Bridges) program. The Children's Theatre Company contracted with the University of Minnesota's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) to…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Story Telling, Drama, Critical Literacy