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- 1/24/09 - National Institute for Urban School Improvement, , University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, , Equity Alliance at ASU
Each page of this guide focuses on a different part of the School Improvement Process. You’ll find ideas about how to gather and use information to set your focus areas and action cycles. There’s no one right place to start. If your building already has an active planning process, you may want to proceed directly to the action cycle step.
- 1/9/10 - Lisa Guernsey, Sara Mead
"We, as a nation, are doing a very good job of squandering human potential and making life harder for all Americans as a result. This has to stop. If our government, at the local, state, and federal level, does not start investing in education systems that reach children before kindergarten, and if it does not get serious about providing children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling, it is wasting taxpayer dollars, ignoring decades of research and...
- 1/1/06 - Chapin, June R.
Data were extracted from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), a national sample of more than 20,000 kindergartners and first-graders. Fifty-one social studies and science test items were combined into a General Knowledge Test. This test was individually administered to each child with no reading required. General Knowledge Test scores were analyzed at two points in time: fall of kindergarten and spring of first grade. Wide racial-ethnic and very small gender differences were...
- 1/3/09 - L. Scott Miller, Eugene Garcia
This report addresses the need for a much expanded early childhood education research and strategy development agenda concerned with making substantial, ongoing improvements in the reading readiness and reading achievement of Latinos and African Americans. The focus is on the early childhood years because the achievement patterns of racial/ethnic groups are largely established in the period from birth through the end of the third grade (ages eight or nine for most children). The emphasis is...
- 1/12/09 - Albert Wat, Chrisanne L. Gayl
When state and federal funding for pre-k falls short, school administrators can collaborate with community-based programs to expand higher-quality early learning opportunities to more young children. This report highlights what some programs are doing to work together and examines the benefits and challenges of collaboration between K-12, Head Start, faith-base organizations, and other community-based groups.
- 1/9/10 - Education Commission of the States,
"At the core of school improvement and education reform is an assumption so widely understood that it is rarely invoked: students have to be present and engaged in order to learn. That is why the discovery that thousands of our youngest students are academically at-risk — because of extended absences when they first embark upon their school careers — is as remarkable as it is consequential. Growing evidence indicates that chronic absence (missing 10% or more of a school year, nearly one...
- 1/21/09 - Donna Ford
According to virtually every report and study focusing on the achievement gap between Black and White students, Black students are under-performing in school settings compared to their White counterparts. Of the more than 16,000 school districts in the U.S., few (if any) can report that no achievement gap exists, that the achievement gap is marginal, or that the gap has been narrowed or closed. Nationally, there is the average of a four-year gap in which Black students at the age of 17...
- 1/1/08 - Ron Glass
It is probably never easy to have a deep conversation with another person; each person’s hopes, fears, anxieties, doubts, dreams, and many other powerful feelings, conscious and unconscious, easily get in the way of honest and full expression. To have a deep conversation with a stranger, or with whole groups of strangers and even an entire community, can seem impossible.To talk openly and honestly about our experiences of schooling is equally challenging. Some of our most significant...
- 1/5/09 - Donna Bryant, Karen Taylor
The primary goal of Smart Start is to ensure that all children enter school healthy and prepared to succeed. Based on extensive evidence that child care quality can positively affect children's learning, one of the main ways that Smart Start has tried to achieve the readiness goal is by improving the quality of children's experiences in early care and education programs. Smart Start has funded a variety of technical assistance (TA) activities to improve child care including on-site technical...
- 1/3/09 - National High School Center,
This issue brief provides guidance to states as they respond to requirements presented in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) in the area of dropout prevention for students with disabilities. It also highlights the role of State Performance Plans as starting points for states to develop data collection and monitoring procedures, and supplies states with considerations and recommendations for providing a consistent method of tracking dropout data.
- 1/3/09 - Masiello, T.
Current thinking about early literacy learning was the focus of a research synthesis conducted by Anya Robyak, Tracy Masiello, Carol Trivette, Nicole Roper, and Carl Dunst at the Center for Early Literacy learning. These investigators examined 71 published papers, chapters, and books by current literacy experts, literacy centers, and professional organizations to assemble their recommendations for fostering early literacy learning. The researchers found that all sources of information...
- 1/5/09 - Jerry D. Weast
The district faced an indisputable fact: increasing numbers of young children impacted by poverty and language difference were starting school lagging behind their peers in basic
literacy and mathematics skills, and they often remained behind. If children were not meeting certain benchmarks by the end of first grade, there was little likelihood that they would
be able to read fl uently by third grade, an important indicator of academic success in the later years.5 So, the work began in the...
- 1/1/03 - Booth Kreisman, Michele
This study intends to illustrate the utility of general growth mixture modeling (GGMM) for evaluation of early childhood education programs, using a sample of children with Head Start experience. In the first analysis of this study growth mixture modeling (GMM) found that children with Head Start experience had two distinct growth patterns. In the second analysis of this study general growth mixture modeling found that children with two or more years of program participation did not have...
- National Secondary Transition Technical Asssistance Center,
Information regarding NSTTAC’s review of evidence-based practices and results of that review, including Practice Descriptions, organized by the categories of the Taxonomy for Transition Programming, and Research to Practice Lesson Plan Starters. Additionally, there are other evidence-based secondary transition resources from the What Works in Transition Synthesis Project.
- 1/23/10 - Center for American Progress,
"Expanding learning time, or ELT, in schools is a core strategy on the national education reform agenda as policymakers and educators recognize that the standard school calendar does not fit many students’ needs. Most U.S. students attend school for an average of 6.5 hours a day, for 180 days a year. This is not nearly enough time for many students, particularly those who are English language learners and those who start the school year learning below their grade level."
- 1/14/09 - The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics,
"In pursuing this work, the Task Force has given attention to the question of how to use early childhood education to improve the educational fortunes of all Hispanic children, including those from low SES, middle class, and high SES families. This is because, compared with their White counterparts, children from these Hispanic segments are doing less well academically, on average, from the time they start school. However, the Task Force has given highest priority to finding ways to improve...