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Lund, Lea – Improving Schools, 2020
Research in the field of professional development (PD) stresses the importance of the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) designed to promote the process of inquiry in teaching. PLCs are of great importance with regard to both school improvement and in-service teacher training. This article shows that it is possible to teach…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Communities of Practice, Reflective Teaching, Inquiry
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Garnett, Bernice; Moore, Mika; Kidde, Jon; Ballysingh, Tracy A.; Kervick, Colby T.; Bedinger, Lisa; Smith, Lance C.; Sparks, Henri – Improving Schools, 2020
Persistent disparities in exclusionary discipline procedures continue to portent negative educational outcomes for students from specific racial, income, and ability categories. Restorative practices (RP) has emerged as a promising approach to mitigate these disparities and improve school climate. This study describes the utility of…
Descriptors: Readiness, Needs Assessment, Discipline, Partnerships in Education
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Espinoza, Oscar; González, Luis Eduardo; McGinn, Noel; Castillo, Dante – Improving Schools, 2020
Improvement in education has been one of the strategies of the government of Chile to reduce economic inequality. To that end, it recently established a system of Second Opportunity Centers that enroll out-of-school youth who have not completed high school. The system is modeled on so-called alternative schools operating in Europe and the United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Dropouts, At Risk Students
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Huilla, Heidi – Improving Schools, 2020
This study analyses how studies on disadvantaged schools, improvement and test-based accountability relate to each other. The analysis covers 69 studies on disadvantaged schools reported in prestigious educational journals and conducted in 1995-2015. Educational policies related to evaluation and accountability define the official goals of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Accountability, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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Hepburn, Lorna; Beamish, Wendi – Improving Schools, 2020
Proactive classroom management is associated with increased teacher wellbeing and improved student learning outcomes. Yet research indicates that many teachers over-report and underuse practices associated with this approach. The research findings reported here were drawn from semi-structured interviews conducted with 26 government secondary…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Martin; McNamara, Gerry; O'Brien, Shivaun; Skerritt, Craig; O'Hara, Joe; Faddar, Jerich; Cinqir, Sakir; Vanhoof, Jan; Figueiredo, Maria; Kurum, Gül – Improving Schools, 2020
Current approaches to the regulation of schools in most jurisdictions tend to combine elements of external inspection with systems of internal self-evaluation. An increasingly important aspect of the theory and practice of both, but particularly the latter, revolves around the role of other actors, primarily parents and students, in the process.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Student Participation, Educational Planning
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Alrasheedi, Ghazi; Almutawa, Farah – Improving Schools, 2020
Many educational centers for instructing Muslim children in the principles of Islam and the Arabic language have been established in Europe. These centers are called weekend schools; students attend these schools on the weekend to learn the Holy Qur'an in addition to Arabic language skills. The current study aimed to examine the nature of these…
Descriptors: Islam, Foreign Countries, Semitic Languages, Second Language Learning
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Cummings, Marlon I.; Olson, Jennifer D. – Improving Schools, 2020
In today's era of increased accountability and standards-based reforms within the United States educational system, Community Partner Organizations (CPOs) can offer essential support to teachers, schools, and districts. CPOs have the potential to have a positive impact in urban schools in particular, where high-stakes testing and accountability…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Urban Schools, High Stakes Tests, Accountability
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Álvarez-Álvarez, Carmen – Improving Schools, 2020
The involvement of families in Spanish schools is a legally recognised right, a social demand, an educational need and a permanent challenge. However, there are limited opportunities for families to become engaged with schools in Spain. Their primary avenues for involvement are Parents' Associations ("Asociaciones de Madres y Padres de…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Foreign Countries, Parent Associations, Public Schools
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Mc Keon, David – Improving Schools, 2020
The use of 'soft barriers' to deter students with special educational needs (SEN) from accessing some schools has been reported in the Irish media. This article investigates the influence of ethos and culture on access to and inclusive practice in mainstream schools in Ireland. Ethos and culture are nebulous concepts yet are integral to how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Access to Education, Special Needs Students
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Lindacher, Tanja – Improving Schools, 2020
Co-teaching is fundamental to inclusive education. However, the way co-teaching is implemented, varies considerably, and establishing and allocating instructional responsibilities does not follow a standardized pattern. This study is based on four cases -- two located at traditional secondary schools and two at newly created community schools --…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Responsibility, Inclusion
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French, Raechel; Imms, Wesley; Mahat, Marian – Improving Schools, 2020
This article explores the characteristics of a successful transition of a school from traditional classrooms to an innovative learning environment. Many schools today are converting traditional classrooms into spaces which are flexible, supporting a wide array of teaching and learning possibilities (i.e. an 'innovative learning environment').…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Classroom Environment, Classroom Design, Space Utilization
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Patel, Sejal; Cummins, Natalie – Improving Schools, 2019
This qualitative case study investigates student and school staff perceptions of transitions and changing social dynamics due to a temporary closure of an elementary school undergoing redesign in an inner-city neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 75 students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and 28 staff who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, School Closing, Urban Schools
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Trahan, Keith; Romero, Stephanie Maietta; Ramos, Renata de Almeida; Zollars, Jeffrey; Tananis, Cynthia – Improving Schools, 2019
Making is a movement present in the United States which fosters creativity and invention through the creation and sharing of products. This case study of one Western Pennsylvania school district's integration of Making into its lower and upper secondary schools shows how the investment in space and equipment, guided by visionary leadership, can…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Creative Activities, Integrated Curriculum
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Leek, Joanna – Improving Schools, 2019
The understanding of youth participation in the current article relates to ideas of citizenship and active involvement in global concerns. In this understanding of the term, schools are important agents for education for global citizenship, and play a role in the developing engagement of young people. Using data from focus groups with teachers (n…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Participation, Youth, Student Experience
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