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Bacal, Jessica; Ly, Minh; Walters, Jennifer L.; Einbinder, Allyson – Theory Into Practice, 2015
Smith College initiated an ePortfolio pilot project to guide students in documenting key learning experiences and in linking those experiences to Smith's institutional mission of "developing leaders for society's challenges" (Smith College, 2011). Twenty-one college students volunteered to participate in the pilot, based on the…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Portfolio Assessment, Electronic Publishing, Institutional Mission
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Bunten, Bridget A. – Theory Into Practice, 2014
This article focuses on the importance of recognizing and appreciating the ways that a teacher integrates her personal and professional life with an English-only policy. Much can be learned from the ways in which she negotiates social forces and integrates them into her individual reality while making sense of the restrictive language policy.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Compliance (Legal), Teacher Rights, Teacher Attitudes
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Berg, Jill Harrison – Theory Into Practice, 2010
Given the importance of quality teaching for student success, it is clear that every child needs to be able to receive instruction from a teacher who possesses the knowledge and skills for quality teaching--an accomplished teacher. It is less clear, however, how current teacher development policies and practices can ensure that all students will…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Professional Development
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Hetland, Lois; Cajolet, Sharron; Music, Louise – Theory Into Practice, 2010
This article illustrates the effects of embedding a common language derived from research, conducted through Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, into teachers' documentations of classroom experiences. It suggests that documentation can be enhanced by using shared professional vocabularies that describe categories important in…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Documentation, Photography, Art Teachers
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Noguera, Pedro A. – Theory Into Practice, 2007
In this article, findings from a study of 150 10th-grade students attending 10 Boston public high schools are presented. Data obtained from surveys and interviews with the students in the study are used to illuminate how student perspectives on their school experiences can be used to strengthen reform efforts. Themes such as teacher-student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 10, High Schools, Student Surveys
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Horn, Catherine – Theory into Practice, 2003
Examines research on high stakes testing and its relationship to student outcomes, presenting data from Massachusetts and North Carolina on state trends related to high stakes testing. Findings suggest that non-white, non-Asian students, and students with special needs and English language learners, are the groups most deeply affected by high…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, High Stakes Tests