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Cucchiara, Maryann – Learning Professional, 2019
English learners are capable of doing the same demanding work and developing the same complex skills as their peers who are native speakers. Indeed, recent education policies have specified that all students should meet common college and career-ready standards. Yet many schools use an outdated and ineffective approach to educating English…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Practices, Academic Language, Second Language Instruction
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Manassah, Tala; Roderick, Tom; Gregory, Anne – Learning Professional, 2018
Racial inequity is a pernicious problem in American schools. Discrepancies in school discipline show that black students are two to three times more likely than their peers to be suspended and expelled, even for similar infractions. This directly affects the racial achievement gap, school dropout, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Discipline, Suspension, Expulsion
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Kilbane, James; Clayton, Christine – Learning Professional, 2017
At its core, inquiry--whether conducted with students or teachers--is a process of making observations, asking questions, working with evidence, and interpreting data. Even though research shows well-documented benefits to understanding content, secondary teachers often hesitate to incorporate inquiry for learning. This article presents two…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Parrilla, Natasha; Trygstad, Kelly – Learning Professional, 2017
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., is working to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten by providing 3- and 4-year-olds with the social, emotional, and academic foundations that enable them to thrive in school--and increasing educator effectiveness is a critical…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Achievement Gap, Social Development