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    Language (Policy) Matters!

    1/1/11 - Kozleski, Elizabeth B.; Mulligan, Elaine M.; Hernandez-Saca. David I., Equity Alliance at ASU, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Public education has a vital role in ensuring that this and subsequent generations are successful in a global, multilingual economy. In this What Matters brief, we examine how teachers, students, parents, and communities in our nation's schools can create rich opportunities for students to learn. Language (Policy) Matters! includes information and resources about: * School policies and practices that support language access * Research on best practices for students who are English...

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    On Working Together: Groupwork, Teamwork, and Collaborative Work Among Teachers

    1/25/07 - Diane L. Ferguson, Equity Alliance at ASU

    As schools restructure and reform for the 21st Century, educators are being required to work together in more ways. As teachers and other school professionals learn to work together in these (groupwork, teamwork, collobarative work) and other ways, they will also learn about each other. The different skills and roles any general and special educators, specialists and families will begin to diminish as working together “cross pollinates” these capacities creating a new variety of...

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    On...Transformed, Inclusive Schools: A Framework to Guide Fundamental Change in Urban Schools

    1/24/08 - Diane L. Ferguson, Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Smith, Anne, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Multicultural education is not merely a set of skills and procedures learned at one point in time and applied over and over again. It is a process through which educators and other service providers learn to interpret and adapt to their personal encounters with one another. Through multicultural education, teachers and students become culturally responsive and competent, creating new pathways for communication and knowledge sharing (Liston & Zeichner, 1996).

  • 21st Century Knowledge and Skills in Educator Preparation

    1/1/10 - Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    This is an exciting and challenging time for teacher educators. The nature of teaching is changing. In an effort to transform themselves into exemplary educator preparation institutions, many programs are becoming more entrepreneurial, recognizing new opportunities and making changes required to respond to the needs of 21st century learners. Many are successfully engaged in strategies such as: • Providing high-quality alternative routes to teaching, • Building on private and...

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    AfterZones: Creating a Citywide System to Support and Sustain High-Quality After-School Programs

    1/23/10 - Laura J. Kotloff

    "Building on a long history of investments in OST learning, The Wallace Foundation launched an out-of-school learning initiative in 2003. The initiative was created to support citywide system-building efforts that could advance three interrelated goals for the OST field: improving program quality, making programs accessible to youth who need them most, and improving youth participation so more children can realize benefits. The Foundation granted funds to five cities to support their...

  • Effective District Planning and the Required Local Educational Agency Plan (LEAP): Insights from Successful Districts

    1/1/12 - Crotti, P. Almanzan, H.M., Flynn, K., Haas, E. and Tucker, S.

    Improving student academic achievement is central to the work of school districts (Fullan, 2001; Marzano & Waters, 2009; Rorrer, Skrla, & Scheurich, 2008; Supovitz, 2006); yet many districts do not succeed at significantly improving the low performance of their students, and, in some instances, student achievement actually decreases (Fullan, 2001; Payne, 2008). What districts can and should do to improve student achievement appears to be neither obvious nor easy. District work on...

  • The Making of the Principal: Five Lessons in Leadership Training

    1/1/12 - Mitgang, L. , The Wallace Foundation

    States and districts facing pressure to have all children meet high standards have been paying overdue attention to improving school leadership as a way to advance instruction and drive needed changes throughout schools. What will it take to ensure that all public schools have leaders equal to the challenges facing them? That question has placed fresh urgency on addressing the chronic weaknesses of principal training programs, criticized for decades as unselective in their admissions...

  • Workbook for Improving School Climate: Using your California School Climate Health and Learning Survey data.

    1/1/12 - WestED

    This Workbook is a companion resource to the California School Climate Health and Learning Survey System (Cal– SCHLS) which includes the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), the California School Climate Survey for staff(CSCS), and the California School Parent Surve (CSPS). The CHKS, CSCS, and the CSPS contain a wealth of data that can be used to inform decisions meant to foster school improvement efforts, improve school climate, and enhance student engagement and performance and...

  • A Critical Race Analysis of the Achievement Gap in the United States: Politics, Reality, and Hope

    1/1/06 - Taylor, Edward

    Federal educational legislation in the United States has focused increased attention on the racial achievement gap between minority and majority students. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation has forced high-stakes accountability in public schools, with the assumption that these policies will create performance pressures on schools to improve achievement. Yet, there is considerable evidence that performance pressures alone are unlikely to reverse long-standing racialized policies and...

  • A Deeper Look at Deeper Learning

    3/1/14 - Kysilko, David

    Policy makers who want to support students must grapple with a thorny question: "How do we create education policies to prepare youth for the world they'll enter tomorrow when our imagination and thinking is often limited to the world we live in today?" Those who grapple with this essential question recognize a significant challenge: the world, its opportunities and its complexities - including speed of communication, development and use of technology, global connectedness, and other trends...

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    A matter of degrees: Preparing teachers for the Pre-K classroom

    1/30/10 - Marisa Bueno, Linda Darting-Hammond, Danielle Gonzales

    "Across the nation, states are investing substantial dollars in publicly funded, voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. These investments and initiatives come in response to research on brain development,1 accountability pressures to improve student achievement in elementary and secondary schools and strong evidence that high-quality pre-k can yield long-term benefits for children and society. The ultimate value of those investments, however, depends not only on the legislation that...

  • A road map for mathematics achievement for all students: findings from the national mathematics panel

    1/1/09 - Brown, C.,

    The eminence, safety, and well-being of nations have been entwined for centuries with the ability of their people to deal with sophisticated quantitative ideas. Leading societies have commanded mathematical skills that have brought them advantages in medicine and health, in technology and commerce, in navigation and exploration, in defense and finance, and in the ability to understand past failures and to forecast future developments. History is full of examples. During most of the 20th...

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    A State Profile of Efforts to Create Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: North Carolina

    1/24/09 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Amanda Sullivan, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This State Profile provides a snapshot of North Carolina's efforts to address the disproportionate representation of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in special education.

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    A State Profile of Efforts to Create Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: Ohio

    1/9/10 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Amanda Sullivan, Miranda Kucera, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This State Profile provides a snapshot of Ohio's efforts to address the disproportionate representation of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in special education.

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    A State Profile of Efforts to Create Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: Tennessee

    1/24/09 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Amanda Sullivan, Federico Waitoller, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This State Profile provides a snapshot of Tennessee's efforts to address the disproportionate representation of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in special education.

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    A State Profile of Efforts to Create Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: Wisconsin

    1/5/09 - Elizabeth Kozleski, Amanda Sullivan, Federico Waitoller, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This State Profile provides a snapshot of Wisconsin's efforts to address the disproportionate representation of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in special education.

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