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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
Guckenburg, Sarah; Hurley, Nancy; Persson, Hannah; Fronius, Trevor; Petrosino, Anthony – WestEd, 2015
This report is part of a larger body of work by the WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center focusing on restorative justice (RJ) as an alternative to traditional responses to student misbehavior in schools across the United States. This work seeks to document the current breadth of evidence on the subject, provide a more comprehensive…
Descriptors: Justice, Conflict Resolution, Program Implementation, Literature Reviews
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
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
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) discovered that infants and toddlers who were referred for Part C services and initially found ineligible for a full evaluation through screening were being re-referred and later found eligible for services at a high rate. This report presents the systematic evaluation process that TDOE's Tennessee…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
Ruedel, Kristin; Nelson, Gena; Bailey, Tessie – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
To evaluate interim progress toward the State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR), states require access to high-quality data from local education agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service providers. In a review of 2017 Phase III State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP), 43 Part C states noted limitations or concerns related to data and…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Data Collection, State Standards, Barriers
Redding, Sam; McCauley, Carlas; Ryan Jackson, Kathleen; Dunn, Lenay – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
In recent years, rapid school improvement--known most commonly as school turnaround--has emerged as the chief focus of dramatic and systemic efforts aimed at giving students better schools. To assist states, districts, and schools in leading or managing these efforts, in 2017 the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd developed "Four Domains…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Turnaround, Talent Development, Instructional Effectiveness
West Comprehensive Center at WestEd, 2015
Title VII provides funding for the education of American Indian/Alaska Native students based on a formula grant available to school districts, charter schools, and local education agencies (LEAs). This report explores why some eligible schools and districts do not apply for federal Title VII, potentially resulting in American Indian/Alaska Native…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Alaska Natives, Federal Aid, Federal Programs
Meyers, Coby V.; Redding, Sam; Hitt, Dallas Hambrick; McCauley, Carlas; Dunn, Lenay; Chapman, Katy; Ambroso, Eric; Chen-Gaddini, Min – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2017
The Center on School Turnaround at WestEd has developed a framework to assist states, districts, and schools in leading and managing rapid improvement efforts. The framework shares, in practical language, the critical practices of successful school turnaround in four domains, or areas of focus, that research and experience suggest are central to…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Models, Systems Approach
Junge, Melissa; Krvaric, Sheara – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2016
Much has been written on the subject of school turnaround, but relatively little about how to "pay for" turnaround-related work. Turning around low-performing schools not only requires changing instructional and related practices, but changing spending patterns as well. Too often education dollars are spent on the same costs from…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Federal Aid, State Agencies, Funding Formulas
Slotnik, William J.; Bugler, Daniel; Liang, Guodong – Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd, 2015
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is guiding and supporting the implementation of a new Teacher and Principal Evaluation (TPE) system in all school districts throughout the state. The system includes measures of both professional practice and student growth. Because the historical and current practice in Maryland is one of local…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Practices, Program Implementation
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 2016
In California, as in many other states across the nation, implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been a complex endeavor impacting every public school educator. Not surprisingly, California districts have encountered bumps along the way in their efforts to provide much-needed support to all K-12 teachers as they continue to learn…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Program Implementation, Interviews