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Jones, Nathan D.; Bettini, Elizabeth; Brownell, Mary – Elementary School Journal, 2019
Collaborative school reforms and teacher evaluation reforms both show promise for improving teaching and learning in American schools. However, these reform movements have largely been implemented separately from each other, and because they are predicated on very different assumptions about how schools and teachers contribute to student learning,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Teacher Evaluation, Team Teaching
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Kolbe, Tammy; Jorgenson, Simon – Elementary School Journal, 2018
For 2 decades, science teachers have been encouraged to orient their instruction around the practices of scientific inquiry; however, it is unclear whether teachers have the knowledge and skills to do so. In this study, we draw upon data from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress to examine the extent to which eighth-grade science…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Von Esch, Kerry Soo – Elementary School Journal, 2018
Providing an equitable education for English learner (EL) students continues to challenge educators. Existing research suggests that instructional leaders, such as teacher leaders, play a central role in improving the teaching and learning of EL students. Using a distributed leadership framework, this study examines how 2 teacher leaders…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Change Agents, Educational Change, English Language Learners
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Chen, Sisi – Elementary School Journal, 2018
The purpose of this article was to examine the effects of distributed leadership on instructional change and school climate by integrating the functional and relational perspectives of leadership. The functional perspective focuses on the degree to which leadership functions are equally distributed among leaders, and the relational perspective…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Environment
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Lee, Se Woong; Min, Sookweon – Elementary School Journal, 2017
While teachers have long been acknowledged as a key part of educational innovation, research has largely neglected the impact that their buy-in has on reform initiatives. This study addresses this problem by examining the association between teacher buy-in and student academic growth under school reform programs, with a particular focus on how…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Adoption (Ideas), Academic Achievement
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Stosich, Elizabeth Leisy – Elementary School Journal, 2017
Standards are intended to foster excellence and equity in student learning by institutionalizing high expectations for all students while allowing educators to have professional discretion in determining how to meet these goals. Recent studies suggest that principals play an essential role in interpreting and communicating the implications of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Poverty, Principals, Administrator Role
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Walpole, Sharon; Amendum, Steven; Pasquarella, Adrian; Strong, John Z.; McKenna, Michael C. – Elementary School Journal, 2017
We compared year-long gains in fluency and comprehension in grades 3-5 in 3 treatment and 4 comparison schools. Treatment schools implemented a comprehensive school reform (CSR) program called Bookworms. The program employed challenging text and emphasized high text volume, aggressive vocabulary and knowledge building, and contextualized strategy…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Shanahan, Timothy – Elementary School Journal, 2015
The Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts, together with the new tests being developed to assess them, are placing a greater emphasis on writing in elementary schools than in the recent past. This article explores similarities and differences of the standards with past state standards, explaining the reason both for why things…
Descriptors: State Standards, Language Arts, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Change
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Jamil, Faiza M.; Sabol, Terri J.; Hamre, Bridget K.; Pianta, Robert C. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Contemporary education reforms focus on assessing teachers' performance and developing selection mechanisms for hiring effective teachers. Tools that enable the prediction of teachers' classroom performance promote schools' ability to hire teachers more likely to be successful in the classroom. In addition, these assessment tools can be used for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Selection, Teacher Effectiveness
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Williamson, Gary L.; Fitzgerald, Jill; Stenner, Jackson A. – Elementary School Journal, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish a challenging text-complexity standard for all high school graduates to read at college and workplace text-complexity levels. We argue that implementation of the CCSS standard requires concurrent examination of historical student reading-growth trends. An example of a historical student average…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Improvement, Reading Ability, Difficulty Level
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Dingman, Shannon; Teuscher, Dawn; Newton, Jill A.; Kasmer, Lisa – Elementary School Journal, 2013
This article reports the findings from a comparative analysis that examined several mathematical content strands, reasoning processes, and emphasis on technology in prior K-8 state mathematics standards and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Various methodological tools were utilized to compare and contrast CCSSM with prior…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Course Content
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Hopkins, Megan; Spillane, James P.; Jakopovic, Paula; Heaton, Ruth M. – Elementary School Journal, 2013
Designing infrastructures to support instruction remains a challenge in educational reform. This article reports on a study of one school system's efforts to redesign its infrastructure for mathematics instruction by promoting teacher leadership. Using social network and interview data from 12 elementary schools, we explore how the district's…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Educational Change, Teacher Leadership
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
International comparisons have highlighted that the U.S. mathematics curriculum, both in terms of curriculum influences (e.g., textbooks, standards) and actual instruction, is broad and shallow. Standards-based reform is explicitly designed to improve coherence and reduce redundancy across grades. This article evaluates the redundancy of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Mathematics Curriculum, Redundancy, Mathematics Instruction
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Porche, Michelle V.; Pallante, Daniel H.; Snow, Catherine E. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
The Collaborative Language and Literacy Instruction Project (CLLIP) is a model of professional development designed to help teachers incorporate research-based practices of literacy instruction, support mastery, and sustained use of these practices through coaching, and serve as a foundation for whole-school reform efforts. We describe the model,…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Phonemic Awareness, Grade 4, Faculty Development
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Good, Thomas L. – Elementary School Journal, 2011
This article reflects on my 28-year tenure editing "The Elementary School Journal" ("ESJ"). During my tenure as editor, the educational system was in constant reform, from a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind. Considerable evidence suggests that these various reforms, which consumed vast resources, were not successful in…
Descriptors: Evidence, School Restructuring, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests
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