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El-Mekki, Sharif – Learning Professional, 2021
At the Center for Black Educator Development, the organization Sharif El-Mekki founded and leads, they believe that to teach Black children "superbly" is a revolutionary act. In service of that goal, they prepare educators to instill in Black children a positive sense of their own racial identity and, in so doing, equip them with the…
Descriptors: African American Students, Minority Group Students, Teacher Qualifications, Racial Identification
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Goldenberg, Lauren B.; Wanta, Violet; Fletcher, Andrew – Learning Professional, 2019
Early literacy is the foundation of academic success and predicts outcomes far beyond elementary school. So when only 30% of 3rd graders in New York City public schools scored proficient on the state test in 2014, district leaders began targeting improvements in literacy instruction in grades K-2. In 2016, the New York City Department of Education…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
A recent study by Debra McKeown and colleagues is described by author Eliabeth Foster as important not only because it highlights professional learning about a model of writing instruction of interest to many educators, but also because it examines teachers' reflections about their experiences in professional learning. Building on a larger…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness