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Chapin, Gary; Gagnon, Laurie; Hammonds, Virgel – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
In an examination of the conditions required for the successful implementation of performance assessment, the authors draw on a range of personal experience and other insights to guide practitioners and policymakers. Building on the authentic assessment work of the Boston Pilot Schools (CCE 2004), in 2008 the Center for Collaborative Education…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Performance Based Assessment, Scaling, Educational Objectives
Sigler, Maureen Kay – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Early childhood interventions such as home visiting and kindergarten preparation programs can mitigate the effects of toxic stress and equip children with the skills and support needed for a successful transition into school. In this article, the author discusses her interaction with a student in her third-grade class who was not successfully…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Stress Management, Coping, Transitional Programs
Geller, Joanna; Betancur, Maria Cristina – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Over the past two and half years of evaluating "We Are A Village," a highly competitive federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant focused on family engagement in early childhood in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the research team at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR) has gained much insight into the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, Educational Change, Family Involvement
Martinez, Patricia; Wizer-Vecchi, Joshua – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Collaboration is tough even in ideal circumstances. How do you begin to effect change when nearly half of the families in a district speak a language other than English in the home, but traditional education models rarely emphasize the strengths of cultural or linguistic diversity? Or when nearly all students live in low-income families and face…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Nora, Julie – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Improving the education of a growing sector of the school population--English language learners (ELLs)--is a pressing unmet need in the nation's current public education system (G├índara 1994; Genesee et al. 2006; Hood 2003). Another urgent educational need is to prepare students to live and work in an increasingly globally connected world.…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Global Approach, Competition, Native Speakers
Foley, Ellen; Mishook, Jacob; Lee, Jaein – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Despite some cuts to the nation's oldest Federal College Access Programs, known as the TRIO programs (e.g., Upward Bound), new education policies have emphasized college and career readiness. In 2010, Congress approved the College Access Challenge Grant Program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are ready for college.…
Descriptors: School Districts, Government Role, Program Development, College Readiness