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    Addressing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Overrepresentation in Special Education: Guidelines for Parents

    1/24/09 - Alfredo Artiles, Beth Harry, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Do bias or inappropriate practice play a role in the placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education? Is the representation of low-income students in special education programs larger than their representation in the school population at your child’s school? If the answers to these questions are yes, it is possible your child’s school may be facing a problem that is called “overrepresentation” in its special education programs. This paper is one of...

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    Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education: Measuring the Problem

    1/31/07 - Martha Countinho, Donald Oswald, Equity Alliance at ASU

    The author of this brief discusses that racial disproportionality in school disciplinary practices has a long history, and still continues today. In the last three decades, racial disproportionality in school suspensions has increased noticeably, especially in high socioeconomic status (SES) schools. Empirical evidence suggests that exclusionary discipline practices result in further exclusion, school failure, and dropout. Today, nationwide African American students are disproportionately...

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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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    Understanding Culture

    1/10/09 - Shelley Zion, Elizabeth Kozleski, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This OnPoint is the first in a series of three OnPoints that explore issues around culture and teaching. This OnPoint describes the way in which NIUSI defines culture and how to think about educational settings and scenarios from the point of view of culture. The second OnPoint in this series focuses on teacher’s identity. The third OnPoint addresses how classrooms are enriched by the funds of knowledge and assets that children and their families bring with them from their homes and...

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    Understanding English Language Learners' Needs and the Language Acquisition Process

    1/10/09 - Alicja Rieger, Ewa McGrail, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This OnPoint tackles the complexity of English language learners’ needs from our point of view. We are native Polish-speaking teacher educators who use our own experiences and knowledge as English language learners in methods courses that we teach in teacher education programs in the United States. We both were born and raised in Poland, and share our passion for our native language and culture with our students, who are either already practicing public school teachers or in the process of...

  • Gender Differences and Similarities in PISA 2003 Mathematics: A Comparison between the United States and Hong Kong

    1/1/09 - Liu, Ou Lydia, Wilson, Mark

    Differential gender performance in standardized mathematics assessment has long been a heated topic. Gender gaps of varied magnitude have been identified on large-scale assessments in the United States. To continue the investigation, this study examined male and female performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 mathematics along four in-depth dimensions (strand, content topics, competency cluster, and item format). Furthermore, to identify the shared and...

  • Correlates of Mexican American students' standardized test scores: An integrated model approach

    1/1/07 - Morales, M. Cristina, Saenz, Rogelio

    The use of standardized testing to evaluate academic achievement is a widely debated topic. Despite controversies, standardized testing is used in all educational levels from elementary school to college entrance examinations. One of the ethnic groups particularly affected by this is the Mexican-origin population. An integrated model (individual, family, peer, and institutional factors) is used to enhance our understanding of the disparity in standardized mathematic test scores between...

  • Do Americans really like children?

    1/1/94 - Goetting, Ann

    Argues that the US as a nation does not really like children, an argument supported by the substantial numbers of children who experience an array of preventable burdens. Statistics are offered on such topics as the high rate of infant mortality, low rankings in academic achievement, and the high rate of poverty among children. The gap between achievers and nonachievers continues to expand, producing a large number of children at high risk for never becoming productive members of society. A...

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    Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008, First Look

    1/16/09 - Lucinda Gray, Laurie Lewis

    "This report provides national data on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. The data are the results of a national district-level survey that is one of a set that includes district, school, and teacher surveys on educational technology. Every year between 1994 and 2005 (with the exception of 2004), the Office of Educational Technology (OET) in the U.S. Department of Education asked the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES...

  • Evaluation of Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development

    1/1/12 - Bos, J.M., Sanchez, R.C., Tseng, F., Rayyes, N., Ortiz, L., and Sinicrope, C.

    English language proficiency is critical to academic achievement in the United States. For several decades, educators and policymakers have explored strategies to ensure that English language learner students have access to rigorous academic content as much as non–English language learner students. Educating English language learner students is a challenge that has become a civil rights issue and a topic of federal legislation. In 1968, Congress passed the Bilingual Education Act...

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    Guide to working with deaf and hard of hearing students

    1/14/09 - Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia at the National Center on Deafness,

    A pocket sized handbook for professors, high school teachers and vocational teachers new to interacting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Topics include a general understanding of deafness, classroom accomodations, and communication tips.

  • Latino adolescents' civic development in the United States: Research results from the IEA civic education study

    1/1/07 - Torney-Purta, Judith, Barber, Carolyn H., Wilkenfeld, Britt

    Many studies have reported gaps between Latino and non-Latino adolescents in academic and political outcomes. The current study presents possible explanations for such gaps, both at the individual and school level. Hierarchical linear modeling is employed to examine data from 2,811 American ninth graders (approximately 14 years of age) who had participated in the IEA Civic Education study. Analyses of large data bases enable the consideration of individual characteristics and experiences, as...

  • Lessons That Matter: LGBTQ Inclusivity and School Safety

    1/1/12 - Burdge, H., Sinclair, K., Laub, C., Russell, S.T.

    Data from the California Safe Schools Coalition 2004-2006 Preventing School Harassment (PSH) survey illustrates the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum on student safety.1 In particular, students who answered that they learned about LGBTQ people or issues as part of a classroom lesson were more likely to feel safer, more likely to report a stronger sense of school belonging, and less likely to report being harassed based on sexual orientation or gender...

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    Lets Try: Family Fad Classes

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools have special classes or times during the year when teachers get to offer a class or a series of classes on favorite topics like gardening, dancing, stargazing, photography, or knitting, to name a few. Encourage family members to offer Family Fad Classes on topics they treasure and enjoy. The list could be endless and tailored to every age level. The classes could be a single session or a series.

  • Perceptions of "Acting Black" Among African American Teens: Implications of Racial Dramaturgy for Academic and Social Achievement

    1/1/04 - Peterson-Lewis, Sonja, Bratton, Lisa M.

    Content analysis of 56 African American high school students' descriptions of the meaning of "acting Black" revealed five underlying content dimensions: (1) academic/scholastic, (2) aesthetic/stylistic, (3) behavioral, (4) dispositional, and (5) impressionistic. With the exception of the qualities in the aesthetic/stylistic category, the respondents attributed primarily negative qualities to "acting Black." Although Black youths' perspectives on "acting White" has been a topic of great...

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    Professional Learning Communities: A Practice to Support the Induction and Retention of Novice Special Education Teachers

    1/1/09 - Pugach, M. C., Blanton, L. P., Correa, V. I., McLeskey, J., & Langley, L. K.

    Collaboration among novice special education teachers and their general education colleagues can bolster the impact of induction programs for all novice teachers, including special education teachers. Strong, supportive collaborative structures also can influence novice special education teacher retention. A Professional Learning Community—the topic of this Brief—is a promising collaborative structure for engaging these novice teachers in the professional school culture.

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