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Jones, Stephanie; Bailey, Rebecca; Kahn, Jennifer – State Education Standard, 2019
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the process through which individuals learn and apply social, emotional, behavioral, and character skills required to succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship. In public discussion of SEL, not everyone can quite agree on what it is. To some, it involves a set of tools for…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Citizenship Education, Behavior
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Augustine, Catherine H.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan – State Education Standard, 2015
The Wallace Foundation is funding a multiyear demonstration project to determine whether voluntary, district summer learning programs can stem summer learning loss for low-income students. Six districts--Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Duval County (Florida), Pittsburgh, and Rochester, New York--were selected for the demonstration project and…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Program Effectiveness
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Togneri, Wendy – State Education Standard, 2003
A study of five high-poverty districts making strides in improving student achievement revealed that these districts focused on systemwide strategies including new approaches to professional development; making decisions based on data, not instinct; and redefining leadership roles. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Data Analysis, Economic Factors
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Blank, Martin J.; Shah, Bela P. – State Education Standard, 2003
Summarizes data from evaluations of 20 community-school initiatives that demonstrate their impact on outcomes that directly affect student learning. Collective results show that community schools improve student learning; promote family engagement with students and schools; function more effectively; and add vitality to communities. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Public Schools
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Bainbridge, William L.; Lasley, Thomas J., II; Sundre, Steven M. – State Education Standard, 2003
Options (busing, magnet schools, vouchers, and charters) proffered to make urban public schools more effective have met with political debate and mixed success. Suggests 14 basic policy initiatives that have sufficient use and research support to create genuine opportunities for student success. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education
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Harmon, Hobart L. – State Education Standard, 2003
Describes characteristics of the "ideal" rural teacher and highlights the significant issues associated with recruiting and retaining such teachers in rural schools. Claims that new ideas and approaches will be necessary if small rural schools, often located in very isolated and poor areas, are to attract qualified teachers. (Contains 34…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Labor Turnover
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Kusler, Mary Conk – State Education Standard, 2003
Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) grants give rural districts a new source of federal funds. REAP has two separate programs that address the specific needs of rural districts. The first is the Small and Rural Schools Achievement Program; the second is the Rural and Low Income Schools Program. Explains the differences in the programs and…
Descriptors: Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
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Collins, Susan – State Education Standard, 2003
Senator Collins of Maine plans to fight for proper federal funding of the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) that allows rural schools to combine federal funding sources. Collins, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, will soon introduce legislation that will eliminate inequities in the current Social Security law that penalize teachers and other…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government Employees
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Claycomb, Carla; Haynes, Mariana – State Education Standard, 2003
Based on the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) recent report, this article provides the foundation for state accountability systems that focus on improvement. Contains NASBE's proposed Public Policy Position on Low Performing Schools. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Economic Factors
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Brady, Ronald C. – State Education Standard, 2003
Reveals some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to transform low-performing schools. Summarizes and analyzes the state and local intervention experience based on a review of efforts undertaken in 22 states since 1989. Classifies these interventions in terms of their intrusiveness: mild, moderate, and strong. (Contains 12…
Descriptors: Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention
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Norwood, Jane – State Education Standard, 2003
Teams of seasoned teachers and administrators were assigned to a group of low-performing North Carolina schools each year to work with the local faculty to help turn around these schools. Provides a description of the assistance teams, how they were developed, and how they work. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rotherham, Andrew J. – State Education Standard, 2003
The framework the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) lays out is that of quantifiably examining school performance and intervening in inverse proportion to success. Discusses five key challenges policymakers and educators must overcome to make the federal law work. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education
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Canavan, Robert – State Education Standard, 2003
Cites the daunting need for school construction and repair funds. Explains how the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds and the America's Better Classrooms Act allow certain schools to finance the renovating and/or equipping of school facilities on an interest-free basis through the allocation of federal tax credits. Tables list the state…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
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Tompkins, Rachel B. – State Education Standard, 2003
Research reports from multiple studies in dozens of states have shown there are advantages to learning in small schools. To take advantage of the assets of rural schools and small-town survival, new state policy directions will be necessary in finance, facilities, teacher pay, preparation, and professional and curriculum development. (Contains 10…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education