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    Addressing Bullying and Harassment Matters

    1/1/11 - Gonzales, JoEtta & Hamilton, Kori, The Equity Alliance at ASU

    Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights. Many organizations have put forth information regarding bullying and harassment as it relates to the LGBTQ community of youth in our schools, yet the harassment of all other marginalized groups deserves attention as well. This is a pervasive issue that requires collective and immediate action by educators, and a culturally responsive approach is necessary to tackle the problem head-on. This...

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    Culturally responsive coaching for inclusive schools: A guide to planning your LeadScape Coaching Dialogues

    1/13/10 - Mulligan, Elaine, Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "NIUSI-LeadScape coaching consists of a series of structured, one-on-one, interactions between a coach and coachee aimed at enhancing the coachee’s effectiveness in developing inclusive school practices. These interactions can be face to face, by telephone, or combined with team meetings as required. Coaching can be used to support teachers, support personnel, instructional leaders, or school principals as needed to reinforce inclusive practices. Coaching addresses multiple layers of...

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    Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters!

    1/26/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "In 2000, Professor Geneva Gay wrote that culturally responsive teaching connects students’ cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles to academic knowledge and intellectual tools in ways that legitimize what students already know. By embracing the sociocultural realities and histories of students through what is taught and how, culturally responsive teachers negotiate classrooms cultures with their students that reflect the communities where students develop and grow...

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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...

  • 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 Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems.

    1/1/12 - Harr-Robins, J., Song, M., Hurlburt, S., Pruce, C., Danielson, L., Garet, M., and Taylor, J. , U.S. Department of Education

    Executive Summary Study Background and Research Questions Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance, students with disabilities (SWDs) are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems. At the national level, the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation...

  • 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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    A summary of research on the effects of test accommodations: 2002 through 2004

    1/3/09 - Johnstone, C., Altman, J., Thurlow, M., Thompson, S. J.

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires the reporting of participation in assessments overall and by subgroup, including students with disabilities. As states and school districts strive to meet the goals for adequate yearly progress required by NCLB, the use of individual accommodations continues to be scrutinized for effectiveness, threats to test validity, and score comparability. This report summarizes 49 empirical research studies completed on test accommodations between...

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    Adding value to discussions about value-added: A new framework for talking about teacher effectiveness

    1/16/09 - Raegen Miller

    "Past initiatives to improve teacher quality offer two general lessons. First, simplistic responses—across-the-board raises, more stringent licensure requirements, mandated professional development—are extremely expensive, utterly ineffective, or both. Only policies that tightly link incentives to desired results stand a chance of being effective and affordable. Clearly, making such links requires a robust approach to assessing teachers’ impact on outcomes of interest, especially...

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    Are there differences in achievement between boys and girls?

    1/2/10 - Center on Education Policy,

    "Disparities between boys and girls in reading and mathematics achievement have long been a concern among educators. While the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not hold school systems directly accountable for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the male and female subgroups, as it does for racial/ethnic and other subgroups, the Act does require states and school districts to publicly report test results broken down by gender. These requirements to disaggregate and publicize test...

  • Closing the Achievement Gap Through Teacher Collaboration: Facilitating Multiple Trajectories of Teacher Learning

    1/1/07 - Levine, Thomas H., Marcus, Alan S.

    How should district and school leaders improve education for students traditionally underserved by public education: by increasing control over teaching and curriculum, or by empowering groups of teachers to have more collective autonomy, responsibility, and opportunities for professional learning? The second approach-promoting multiple trajectories of learning among groups of teachers-has advantages, as well as some challenges, as a means of closing various achievement gaps. Sociocultural...

  • Closing the achievement gap through teacher collaboration: Facilitating multiple trajectories of teacher learning

    1/1/08 - Levine, Thomas H., Marcus, Alan S.

    How should district and school leaders improve education for students traditionally underserved by public education: by increasing control over teaching and curriculum, or by empowering groups of teachers to have more collective autonomy, responsibility, and opportunities for professional learning? second approach--promoting multiple trajectories of learning among groups of teachers--has advantages, as well as some challenges, as a means of closing various achievement gaps. Sociocultural...

  • Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning

    1/1/12 - Wolf, M.A.

    The increasingly global economy and complex world have changed the demands on the U.S. education system. Unlike in the irst half of the twentieth century, today all students must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and analyze information and sources while meeting rigorous benchmarks, such as those contained in the common core state standards.1 The percentage of jobs in the United States requiring postsecondary education has grown from 28 percent to...

  • How California Local Education Agencies evaluate teachers and principals

    1/1/12 - White, M.E., Makkonen, R., Vince, S., Bailey, J.

    In the context of an emerging national focus on evaluating school personnel, the 2009 federal State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program requires that states collect data from all local education agencies about their practices for evaluating teachers and principals. In response, the California Department of Education designed and administered the California Teacher and Principal Evaluation Survey, the state’s irst comprehensive data collection efort focused on teacher and...

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    Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century

    1/7/10 - Pinkus, L.M.

    Success in today’s global and entrepreneurial economy increasingly requires some form of postsecondary education or training. Yet too many students—particularly poor and minority students—leave the K–12 system without the knowledge and skills necessary for success after high school. The long-term implications of an inadequate education have social and economic consequences for individuals, the communities in which they live, and the nation as a whole. The challenge ahead is twofold...

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    States’ participation guidelines for alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS) in 2009

    1/2/10 - Sheryl S. Lazarus , Jennifer Hodgson, Martha L. Thurlow

    "The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has annually compiled, analyzed, and summarized states’ participation guidelines for the AA-MAS since 2007. The purpose of this report is to update information in previous reports. As of October 2009, 14 states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas) had publicly available participation guidelines for an assessment they...

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