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Nakamoto, Jonathan; Bojorquez, Juan Carlos – WestEd, 2017
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the Pathways to STEM Initiative (PSI) on students and science teachers and to describe the level of PSI implementation. One group of middle schools participated in PSI, which included project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework; extra-curricular STEM opportunities…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Grants, Middle School Students
Perry, Rebecca R.; Seago, Nanette M.; Burr, Elizabeth; Broek, Marie; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2015
Math in Common® (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. This research brief explores how best to select or develop and use classroom observation systems in order to document instructional shifts and…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Instructional Innovation
WestEd, 2014
Consider that colorful photographs, eye-catching illustrations, and captivating images intended to make textbooks more appealing may actually distract students from the lesson at hand. Or that asking students to simply solve math problems might not be as effective as having them explain the steps of solutions that are already worked out--even some…
Descriptors: Cognitive Science, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Middle Schools
WestEd, 2014
Amargosa Valley School in Nevada could be considered representative of almost any preK-8 school that serves a large proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and is focused on turning around persistently low achievement. Like other schools supported by federal School Improvement Grants, Amargosa is beginning to implement a reform plan…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Rural Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Achievement
Flaherty, John, Jr.; Sobolew-Shubin, Alexandria; Heredia, Alberto; Chen-Gaddini, Min; Klarin, Becca; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2014
Math in Common® (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. As the MiC initiative moves into its second year, one of the central activities that each of the districts is undergoing to support CCSS…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Formative Evaluation, Program Implementation, Middle Schools
Burgoa, Carol; Izu, Jo Ann – WestEd, 2010
This guide presents a data-driven, research-based process--referred to as the "school-community forum process"--for increasing youth voice, promoting resilience, strengthening adult-youth connections, and ultimately, for improving schools. It uses a "student listening circle"--a special type of focus group involving eight to…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, School Community Relationship
Voight, Adam; Austin, Gregory; Hanson, Thomas – California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, 2013
This report, written by WestEd's Adam Voight, Gregory Austin, and Thomas Hanson, describes a study that examines what makes successful schools different from other schools. Rather than define success in absolute terms, this study's definition is based on whether or not a school is performing better than predicted given the characteristics of the…
Descriptors: Effective Schools Research, Organizational Climate, Educational Environment, Academic Achievement
Voight, Adam; Austin, Gregory; Hanson, Thomas – California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, 2013
This report, written by WestEd's Adam Voight, Gregory Austin, and Thomas Hanson, describes a study that examines what makes successful schools different from other schools. Rather than define success in absolute terms, this study's definition is based on whether or not a school is performing better than predicted given the characteristics of the…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness, Public Schools
Finkelstein, Neal; Fong, Anthony; Tiffany-Morales, Juliet; Shields, Patrick; Huang, Min – Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 2012
As California competes for jobs in an increasingly competitive global economy, the state faces a looming shortage of highly educated workers (PPIC, 2012). For a variety of reasons, the need for individuals with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is of particular concern. Nowhere is this more true than in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, Algebra