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Vaden-Kiernan, Michael; Jones, Debra Hughes; Rudo, Zena – SEDL, 2008
SEDL is providing analytic and technical support to three large-scale randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy of promising literacy curriculum in afterschool settings on student academic achievement. In the field of educational research, competition among research organizations and researchers can often impede collaborative efforts in…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Researchers, Academic Achievement, Evaluation
Jones, Debra Hughes; Vaden-Kiernan, Michael; Rudo, Zena; Fitzgerald, Robert; Hartry, Ardice; Chambers, Bette; Smith, Dewi; Muller, Patricia; Moss, Marcey A. – SEDL, 2008
Under the larger scope of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, SEDL funded three awardees to carry out large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCT) assessing the efficacy of promising literacy curricula in afterschool settings on student academic achievement. SEDL provided analytic and technical support to the RCT studies…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Adolescents, Recruitment, Partnerships in Education
Vaden-Kiernan, Michael; Jones, Debra Hughes; Rudo, Zena; Fitzgerald, Robert; Hartry, Ardice; Chambers, Bette; Smith, Dewi; Muller, Patricia; Moss, Marcey A. – SEDL, 2008
Recent evaluations and research syntheses of afterschool programs rated as high quality show they are associated with increases in student achievement and other positive socio-behavioral outcomes (Lauer et al., 2006; Vandell, Reisner, & Pierce, 2007). Those examinations provide a springboard for the next much-needed area of…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Academic Achievement, After School Programs, Program Effectiveness
Shankland, Laura, Ed. – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2009
The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) National Center for Quality Afterschool helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality programs for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. This newsletter contains the following: (1) Afterschool News; (2) Planning Lessons; and (3) Events…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, State Departments of Education, Enrichment, After School Programs
Blair, Leslie Asher, Ed. – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2007
This issue focuses on practices that can help improve reading instruction and includes two announcements from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). It begins with a look at study groups, the practice of teachers getting together to focus on instructional practices and student learning. Stacey Joyner, a staff member of SEDL's Texas…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
Pan, Diane – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2006
Investing in education is viewed as important to ensuring the success of the nation's children. One of the largest dollar investments in education is teacher salaries. In fact, roughly 60 percent of all instructional dollars go to paying teachers. How well are they paid and are their salaries based on what policymakers value in a quality teacher?…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Qualifications, Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics
Blair, Leslie Asher, Ed. – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2006
This issue celebrates Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's (SEDL's) history and touches upon new work. This issue includes an article on the need for educators to have access to relevant, high-quality research findings and to be able to apply those findings to their local settings. It also discusses briefly the three randomized…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Educational Research
Ferguson, Chris; Rodriguez, Victor – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
This strategy brief offers a synthesis of recent research into the concept of encouraging family involvement in secondary education, and gives recommendations that may enhance the school's ability to engage families in their children's education. Family-based processes that have been shown to successfully support teenage academic achievement…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Adolescents, Parent Participation, Secondary Schools
Ferguson, Chris – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
Twenty years of research on school performance has created a body of knowledge that grounds today's school improvement efforts and has resulted in a concise list of characteristics that are common to high-performing schools. As accountability becomes more and more important, educational leaders across the nation are actively attempting to foster…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Change Strategies, Academic Standards
Ferguson, Chris – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
Contrary to the assumption of many educators, research on family and community connections with schools has revealed that parents are interested in their children's academic success regardless of ethnicity, culture, or economic status, although they may not know how to help their children or may feel incapable of assisting them. There are many…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship
Ferguson, Chris; Wood, Lacy – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
Family involvement is a viable strategy to address transition issues related to school readiness. The school-family connection can help ensure that the potential of each child is fulfilled as well as bridge the achievement gap. This document utilizes a "School Snapshot" to illustrate that, with careful planning, schools can engage families in…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship
Ferguson, Chris – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
Twenty years of research on school performance has created a body of knowledge that grounds today's school improvement efforts and has resulted in a concise list of characteristics that are common to high-performing schools. As accountability becomes more and more important, educational leaders across the nation are actively attempting to foster…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Community Involvement, Family Involvement
Camphire, Geoff; Choate, Connie; Wren, Sebastian; Reed, Deborah; Neuman, Mary; Sanjiv, Rao; Slack, Jill; Porter, Pamela – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2005
This issue of "SEDL Letter" discusses a variety of subjects, including how to improve instruction for adolescent readers and struggling readers, using literacy coaching as an approach for ongoing professional development, and how to motivate students to read. Also, a visit to Bernalillo, New Mexico, is described to acknowledge how…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Reading Motivation, Literacy, Motivation Techniques
Rudo, Zena – Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2004
Many education agencies feel an enormous strain to meet the federal mandate that all teachers be highly qualified. State and local policies must be established that address effective ways to hire, train, support, and retain teachers who meet the standards specified in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. To help policymakers with the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Departments of Education, School Districts, Social Influences
Mutchler, Sue E. – SEDL Insights, 1993
This publication describes the issues pertinent to year-round education (YRE). YRE addresses two key problems: (1) making efficient use of current school facilities; and (2) maximizing student learning outcomes. The various forms for implementing YRE at the local level--pilot schools, schools-within-a-school, plan-within-a-plan, and paired and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economic Impact, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship
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