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Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, 2015
Family-school partnerships boost student achievement and school improvement from preschool through high school. With family engagement as a priority and requirement for Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), family engagement in schools matters more than ever. Four key tips for administrators for creating a welcoming environment are shared…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Family Involvement, Best Practices
Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, 2014
This brief reports on the early stages and initial successes of turnaround efforts in a California school district. With administrators and educators in the midst of implementing a robust reform agenda, there are clear signs that the district is on the rise. The reform initiatives have stopped a downward slide in student attendance, behavior, and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Districts, School Turnaround, Effective Schools Research
Voight, Adam – Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, 2013
Education inequity is a persistent reality of American culture. As early as kindergarten, there are marked differences in academic performance between racial minority students and their peers. These differences are sustained as students progress through school. One aspect of students' social experience that may help to explain the gap is school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Organizational Climate, Race, Achievement Gap
DiRanna, Kathy; Gomez-Zwiep, Susan – Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, 2013
The confluence of "Common Core State Standards" ("CCSS"), "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"), and 21st century skills provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students, particularly English learners. "CCSS,"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Quality, Language Skills, English Language Learners
Brown, Zoe Ann; DiRanna, Kathy – Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, 2012
Equal access to content instruction is the foundation of educational equity--it reduces opportunity gaps that lead to achievement gaps. Achievement gaps lead to gaps in college and career access, which lead to income gaps. Income gaps lead to language gaps, thus perpetuating one of the most critical gaps we face in education. This paper is about…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, English Language Learners, Achievement Gap