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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
Mandinach, Ellen B.; Miskell, Ryan C. – WestEd, 2017
In the summer of 2015, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released an education data tool, EdWise, that made publically available much of the data about public education that had been released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). EdWise is a rich source of aggregate, grade level information on student…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Stakeholders, Parents, Public Education
Nakamoto, Jonathan; Rice, John – WestEd, 2017
This study describes the results of a survey administered to alumni of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) education programs. These programs aim to improve the entrepreneurship knowledge and skills of middle and high school students in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. The study was designed to gather…
Descriptors: Networks, Entrepreneurship, Alumni, Surveys
Fong, Anthony B.; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2016
In 2015, Fong, Finkelstein, Jaeger, Diaz, and Broek reported the findings from an independent evaluation of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). The evaluation found positive and statistically significant effects of the ERWC on student achievement. Due to some concerns that the previously reported results in Fong et al. (2015) did not…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Regression (Statistics), Least Squares Statistics, Reading Instruction
Mandinach, Ellen B.; Miskell, Ryan C.; Gheen, Margaret – WestEd, 2016
This report provides a description of a study conducted by WestEd on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to examine how the affordances of the technologies in the blended learning environments of three charter schools impacted teaching and learning activities. A particular focus of the work was to examine whether the blended learning…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Technology Uses in Education, Data
Hurley, Nancy; Guckenburg, Sarah; Persson, Hannah; Fronius, Trevor; Petrosino, Anthony – WestEd, 2015
Restorative justice is a non-punitive approach to resolving conflict that focuses on restoring relationships. This report summarizes recommendations about future research and evaluation needs that would advance the understanding of restorative justice in K-12 schools in the United States. The recommendations were generated from interviews with…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Evaluation Needs, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Interviews
Reedy, Kristen; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie – WestEd, 2015
States, school districts, and schools across the country are increasingly implementing multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) to improve outcomes for all students. Kansas is no exception. The Kansas MTSS is designed to improve outcomes for all students by instituting system-level change across the classroom, school, district, and state. Such…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Educational Change
Perry, Rebecca R.; Finkelstein, Neal D.; Seago, Nanette; Heredia, Alberto; Sobolew-Shubin, Sandy; Carroll, Cathy – 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. In spring 2015, WestEd administered surveys to understand the perspectives on Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CCSS-M) implementation…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Curriculum Implementation, Formative Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation
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
Fong, Anthony B.; Finkelstein, Neal D.; Jaeger, Laura M.; Diaz, Rebeca; Broek, Marie E. – WestEd, 2015
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) was developed by California State University (CSU) faculty and high school educators to improve the academic literacy of high school seniors, thereby reducing the need for students to enroll in remedial English courses upon entering college. This report, produced by Innovation Studies at WestEd,…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Course Evaluation, High School Seniors, Grade 12
Nakamoto, Jonathan; Sobolew-Shubin, Sandy; Orland, Martin – WestEd, 2015
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the Arts for Learning (A4L) Lessons Project on the literacy and life skills of students in grades 3, 4, and 5. A4L Lessons is a supplementary literacy curriculum designed to blend the creativity and discipline of the arts with learning science to raise student achievement in reading and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Curriculum, School Districts, Reading Instruction
Gallagher, Carole; Huang, Kevin; Van Matre, Joseph – WestEd, 2015
This five-year evaluation examined the effectiveness of a promising middle-school mathematics intervention funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) development grant. Evaluation objectives were to: (1) study the impact of an intervention aimed at increasing the academic achievement of students in Algebra I--a gate-keeping course--as measured…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Opportunities, Middle School Students, Secondary School Mathematics
Walqui, Aida – WestEd, 2014
The idea that secondary English language learner (ELL) students can master rigorous academic content quickly and deeply goes against much accepted wisdom in the field, but Aída Walqui--the author and Director of WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program, which houses the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative--and her…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Secondary School Students, Instructional Innovation, Pilot Projects
Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Klarin, Becca; Broek, Marie; Austin, Kim; Finkelstein, Neal; Bugler, Daniel; Mundry, Susan – WestEd, 2014
The Core to College initiative aims to facilitate greater coordination between K-12 and postsecondary education systems around implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments. Core to College grants have been awarded to teams in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, College School Cooperation, Alignment (Education)
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
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