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Harrington, James M.; Hawkins, Stephanie; Lang, Michelle; Bodnar, Wanda M.; Alberico, Claudia; Rios-Colon, Leslimar; Levine, Keith E.; Fernando, Reshan A.; Niture, Suryakant; Terry, Tamara; Kumar, Deepak – RTI International, 2022
Protecting all people from the harmful effects of environmental exposures relies on the coordinated efforts of scientific researchers, regulatory agencies, legislators, and the public. Environmental justice addresses the disproportionate impact that harmful environmental exposures have on individuals and communities who are minoritized and…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Social Justice, Diversity, Labor Force
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Southwell, Brian G., Ed.; Jackson, Karen Keaton, Ed.; Pittman-Blackwell, Bridget, Ed. – RTI International, 2022
Why do people act as they do? How can we improve our health and well-being? What can the past tell us about our future? Research can help us address such questions, but the journey to finding answers can be challenging and full of adventure. Curated from interviews featured on the public radio show, "The Measure of Everyday Life," this…
Descriptors: Research, Measurement, Social Science Research, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Rosen, Jeffrey A.; Hudson, Kesha; Rotermund, Susan; Roberts, Cheryl; Mackey, Anna-Lisa – RTI International, 2022
This article focuses attention on a critical need for more evidence-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs for middle school students. First, we explore the definition of SEL, pointing out how it has evolved as our world has changed. We review key SEL domains and skills and describe universal school-based SEL programming as one approach to…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Evidence Based Practice, Middle School Students, Program Effectiveness
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Sitabkhan, Yasmin; Jukes, Matthew C. H.; Dombrowski, Eileen; Munialo, Indrah – RTI International, 2022
There is little evidence of how differentiated instruction is being implemented, if at all, in low- and middle-income contexts, which often have unique challenges such as availability of resources and large class sizes. In this paper, we present the results of a qualitative study in eight multigrade preprimary classrooms in Kenya. We used…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Individualized Instruction, Mixed Age Grouping, Preschool Education
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McKnight, Katherine; Venkateswaran, Nitya; Laird, Jennifer; Dilig, Rita; Robles, Jessica; Shalev, Talia – RTI International, 2022
Research has shown educators' implicit biases to be a key factor in creating and perpetuating disparities in students' experiences of schooling, learning, and longer-term outcomes, including job opportunities, wealth, and health. Current school reform and transformation efforts are aimed at addressing institutionalized racism in school policies,…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Home Visits, Social Bias, Attitude Change
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Sowa, Patience; Jordan, Rachel; Ralaingita, Wendi; Piper, Benjamin – RTI International, 2021
To address chronically low primary school completion rates and the disconnect between learners' skills at the end of primary school and the skills learners need to thrive in secondary school identified in many low- and middle-income countries, more investment is needed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in upper primary grades.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Educational Quality, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Competencies
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Johnson, Eric M.; Chew, Robert – RTI International, 2021
Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a promising yet underutilized tool in the international development field. SNA entails collecting and analyzing data to characterize and visualize social networks, where nodes represent network members and edges connecting nodes represent relationships or exchanges among them. SNA can help both researchers and…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Data Collection, Economic Development
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Punjabi, Maitri; Norman, Julianne; Edwards, Lauren; Muyingo, Peter – RTI International, 2021
School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) remains difficult to measure because of high sensitivity and response bias. However, most SRGBV measurement relies on face-to-face (FTF) survey administration, which is susceptible to increased social desirability bias. Widely used in research on sensitive topics, Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Bias, Equal Education, Elementary School Students
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Hudson, Kesha N.; Willoughby, Michael T. – RTI International, 2021
Recent findings from the Kids Activity and Learning Study complement North Carolina's multidimensional approach to promoting school readiness by emphasizing the integrated nature of motor and cognitive development in early childhood. Children whose motor skills improved the most over the course of an academic year also tended to demonstrate the…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Motor Development, Cognitive Development, Skill Development
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Dubeck, Margaret M.; Stern, Jonathan M. B.; Nabacwa, Rehemah – RTI International, 2021
The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) is used to evaluate studies and monitor projects that address reading skills in low- and middle-income countries. Results are often described solely in terms of a passage-reading subtask, thereby overlooking progress in related skills. Using archival data of cohort samples from Uganda at two time points in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Tests, Low Income Groups, Language Usage
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Jukes, Matthew C. H.; Sitabkhan, Yasmin; Tibenda, Jovina J. – RTI International, 2021
This paper argues that many pedagogical reform efforts falter because they fail to consider the cultural context of teacher and student behavior. Little guidance exists on how to adapt teaching practices to be compatible with culturally influenced behaviors and beliefs. We present evidence from three studies conducted as part of a large basic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education
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Hart, Catherine P.; Nash, Fredrica M. – RTI International, 2020
In the spring of 2019, RTI implemented the All Hands on Deck program in three North Carolina counties. The program was funded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Safety Grant, which was offered in response to a growing need for safer schools in the state. According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 10.1% of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Safety, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education
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Planty, Michael; Banks, Duren; Lindquist, Christine; Cartwright, Joel; Witwer, Amanda – RTI International, 2020
School tip lines, which are structured systems that allow students, parents, school staff, or community members to report information about potential threats, are a promising approach to school safety. Tip lines, which focus on preventing incidents that are threats to school safety or student well-being, come in various forms, including computer…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, School Safety, Program Implementation, Incidence
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Hayes, Anne M.; Elder, Brent C.; Bulat, Jennae – RTI International, 2020
The World Health Organization and World Bank (2011) estimate that there are more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world. To address this population's diverse needs, the United Nations drafted their Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006. Article 24 (Education) of the CRPD requires ratifying countries to…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Disability Identification, Change Strategies, Developing Nations
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Leu, Katherine – RTI International, 2020
Postsecondary education is awash in data. Postsecondary institutions track data on students' demographics, academic performance, course-taking, and financial aid, and have put these data to use, applying data analytics and data science to issues in college completion. Meanwhile, an extensive amount of higher education data are being collected…
Descriptors: Learning Analytics, Postsecondary Education, Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate
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