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Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge

Posted on March 03, 2012

"My mom is a hero," Alfredo said, cutting me off one sentence into a picture book about Martin Luther King, Jr. His chubby second-grade body perpetually squirmed on the rug where my 32 students were seated. "She brought us here from El Salvador by herself. Me, my two sisters, and our baby brother. We walked." "My mom is a hero too," said Catalina. "She brought us from Mexico. But we came in a truck." "The desert was hot," Alfredo cut her off. "The truck was hot," Catalina said. The two be

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Vocabulary Instruction for ELLs

Posted on February 02, 2012

One way to create effective literacy instruction for English learners in the elementary grades is to provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction. Provide high-quality vocabulary instruction throughout the day. Teach essential content words in depth. In addition, use instructional time to address the meanings of common words, phrases, and expressions not yet learned. Source: U.S. Department of Eduation Read more HERE

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Closing America’s Achievement Gap: A Powerful Tool is Being Ignored

Posted on February 02, 2012

Invented nearly 50 years ago, Direct Instruction (DI) is a scripted, step-by-step approach to teaching that is among the most thoroughly tested and proven in the history of education. It works equally well for general education, gifted students, and the disabled, but surprisingly remains lttle used. DI was the clear winner in the federal government’s 10-year Follow Through project—the largest study in history to compare different approaches to instruction. In the 40 years since Follow Thr

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WHAT IF… Half of Utah’s 8,600 Dropouts From 2010 had Stayed in School?

Posted on February 02, 2012

THE BENEFITS WOULD BE HUGE! 32 million in increased earnings 24 million in increased spe ding 105 million in increased home sales 3 million in increased state tax revenue Source: Alliance for Excellent Education Read more HERE>

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Can Cultural Competency be Learned?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Making differences work in schools "Cultural competency" training is designed to give teachers techniques and strategies that can help them not only reach minority students but also capitalize on cultural diversity in the classroom. At its core, cultural competency is about understanding differences and the role those differences play in how best to teach children. For example, many high-achieving schools with large minority populations focus on achievement and visioning, or prompting the

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Spanish-language Resources for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Posted on February 02, 2012

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, roughly 1 million children who are learning English in public schools nationwide also have a learning disability and many of them are at risk for receiving inadequate services or no services at all. To help fill a gap in information and resources about this student population, NCLD has rolled out a new online initiative for Spanish-speaking parents whose children have, or may have, learning disabilities. It includes links to a

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Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice

Posted on February 02, 2012

This policy brief reviews what researchers have learned about racial disparities in school discipline, including trends over time and how these disparities further break down along lines of gender and disability status. Further, the brief explores the impact that school suspension has on children and their families, including the possibility that frequent out-of-school suspension may have a harmful and racially disparate impact. Findings of this brief strongly suggest a need for reform. A

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Why are Most Gifted Students White?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Gifted Gap? This imbalance in classes tailored to gifted and talented students is echoed across the region and the nation, a source of embarrassment to many educators. In theory, a racial enrollment gap in gifted programs should be easier for schools to close than a racial achievement gap. But in practice, experts say, there are many obstacles. Among them, they say, are testing and outreach methods that fail to ensure children from all backgrounds get an equal shot.“It’s simply una

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What is the #1 Predictor of School Success?

Posted on February 02, 2012

What are the skills a child needs for kindergarten? There is one skill that matters above all others, because it is the prime predictor of school success or failure: the child’s vocabulary upon entering school. Yes, the child goes to school to learn new words, but the words he or she already knows determine how much of what the teacher says will be understood. And since most instruction for the first four years of school is oral, the child who has the largest vocabulary will understand

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Kindergarteners at the Keyboard

Posted on January 01, 2012

“It’s time to show what you know by finding words,” the announcer says. “In this game, you will click on words that mean the same thing as the word the narrator says. Click on the word that means the same thing as ‘marvelous.’ ” Lena, dressed in her school’s burgundy-plaid uniform, clicks on “wonderful,” and the announcer doesn’t waste time with praise. “Pay attention. Go as fast as you can and do your best,” he says. A few words later, she hesitates over “fragil

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