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Palmer, Deborah K.; Cervantes-Soon, Claudia; Dorner, Lisa; Heiman, Daniel – Theory Into Practice, 2019
Two-way dual language (TWDL) bilingual education programs share three core goals: academic achievement, bilingualism and biliteracy, and sociocultural competence. This article proposes a fourth core goal: critical consciousness. Although TWDL programs are designed to integrate students from diverse language, culture, and race backgrounds, equity…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Critical Theory, Bilingual Education
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Avni, Sharon; Menken, Kate – Theory Into Practice, 2019
This article describes a case study of dual language bilingual education (DLBE) that challenges the model's traditional mold while offering important insights into its utility for communities of less commonly taught languages. We begin with an outline of the expansion of DLBE in New York City, part of a broader national trend. We then explore a…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Semitic Languages, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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Song, Kwangok – Theory Into Practice, 2019
It is critical for educators to understand how the official educational policy of the United States, which reflects dominant language ideologies, renders a particular view of immigrant families and students. Educational policy explicitly emphasizes the need for linguistically diverse students to acquire standard English, implicitly problematizing…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Ideology, Parent Attitudes, Bilingualism
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Cope, Bill; Kalantzis, Mary; Smith, Anna – Theory Into Practice, 2018
In this discussion with educational researchers and New London Group conveners, Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, we discuss the origins, life, and future of the New London Group's multiliteracies framework. We reflect on the initial goals the group had over 20 years ago for more equitable schooling opportunities, and what is yet to be done to reach…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Multiple Literacies, Transformative Learning, Educational Policy
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Garcia, Antero; Luke, Allan; Seglem, Robyn – Theory Into Practice, 2018
In this discussion with literacies researcher Allan Luke, the New London Group Member reflects on the role of multiliteracies in shaping literacies research and the continuing changes to technology, capitalism, and learning. Focused on looking toward future advances in literacies research, Luke reflects on the role of multiliteracies in…
Descriptors: Role, Multiple Literacies, Social Change, Educational Change
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Miranda, Chandler Patton; Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian – Theory Into Practice, 2018
Immigrant students, one of the fastest-growing populations in US public schools, have been linguistically and culturally disadvantaged by accountability policies that rely only on standardized tests. Recent changes to these policies allow for the use of performance-based assessment tasks (PBATs) as an assessment indicator to supplement…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Immigrants, Migrant Children
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Kramarczuk Voulgarides, Catherine; Tefera, Adai – Theory Into Practice, 2017
Racial disproportionality in special education is a deep seated and complex educational inequity plaguing the United States educational system. In this article we outline how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, although a civil rights based legislation, cannot sufficiently address racially disproportionate outcomes in special…
Descriptors: Disabilities, School Policy, Disproportionate Representation, Special Education
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Dumas, Michael J. – Theory Into Practice, 2016
I argue that analyses of racial(ised) discourse and policy processes in education must grapple with cultural disregard for and disgust with blackness. This article explains how a theorization of antiblackness allows one to more precisely identify and respond to racism in education discourse and in the formation and implementation of education…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Racial Discrimination, Blacks
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Anagnostopoulos, Dorothea; Lingard, Bob; Sellar, Sam – Theory Into Practice, 2016
Current debates about test-based accountability policies revolve around questions of how to ensure that all students have access to high-quality schools and teachers. Whether and how one can meet this goal depend, in part, on the nature of the arguments that policy proponents and opponents mobilize in these debates. This article examines these…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Educational Policy, Conflict, Educational Quality
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Sheras, Peter L.; Bradshaw, Catherine P. – Theory Into Practice, 2016
Schools have a considerable influence on children's development, through proximal factors such as teachers and curriculum, but also through indirect effects of school policies. Although some policies and programs have the potential to increase stress and burden on students, educators, as well as the broader educational context, several programs…
Descriptors: School Policy, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Discipline
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Capper, Colleen A.; Young, Michelle D. – Theory Into Practice, 2014
In this article that reviews this special issue, we identify 5 ironies and limitations of educational leadership for social justice: (a) the meaning of inclusive practice, (b) the intersection of identity and difference, (c) the emphasis given to student achievement, (d) the lack of policy and practice coherence, and (e) the separation of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Administration, Leadership Role, Figurative Language
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Miller, Peter; Pavlakis, Alexandra; Lac, Van; Hoffman, Deborah – Theory Into Practice, 2014
We present a case example of a school leader whose understanding of both in- and out-of-school policies and issues supported 2 students who experienced severe trauma. We describe some of the principal's key beliefs and practices that led to the development of a justice-oriented school, and then contextualize her work in a "social…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Poverty, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Massell, Diane; Perrault, Paul – Theory Into Practice, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) of 2010 represent a new chapter in the 25-year history of standards-based reforms (SBR). The CCSS attempts to bring the system back to the principles of its founding--more rigorous, focused, academic content and performance expectations collectively embraced by the nation. The new standards depart…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Change
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Turner, Jennifer D.; Danridge, Jocelyn C. – Theory Into Practice, 2014
Given the increasing demand for a well-educated American workforce, college and career readiness has become a significant educational priority. New educational initiatives, including the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, are being developed and implemented to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and the…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, Acceleration (Education), Elementary School Students
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Pearson, P. David; Valencia, Sheila W.; Wixson, Karen – Theory Into Practice, 2014
In this article, we share with readers our hopes, fears, and predictions for reading assessment in American schools at a critical policy juncture--the production of new assessments to measure achievement of the Common Core State Standards. It isn't just Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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