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Twice Challenged: Differentiating Between English Language Acquisition And Learning Disabilities, Lisa Roen Apr 2015

Twice Challenged: Differentiating Between English Language Acquisition And Learning Disabilities, Lisa Roen

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

An action research study of practices used to nominate English Learners (ELs) for special education services was conducted to examine the disproportionate representation of ELs in special education. The experiences of district administrators and teaching staff were examined to identify existing practices used to nominate and identify ELs for English language services. Findings revealed ELs were referred to special education due in part to linguistic and cultural differences. Teachers developed deficit-oriented frameworks, nominating ELs students for special education at higher rates. Child study teams concentrated on qualifying students for special education. Once identified for special education, ELs received services using ...


Parental Decision Making And Satisfaction Regarding School Choice Programs In Suburban Districts, Andrew J. Vollmuth Apr 2015

Parental Decision Making And Satisfaction Regarding School Choice Programs In Suburban Districts, Andrew J. Vollmuth

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

School choice, which allows families to enroll their children in public education programs outside of their neighborhood attendance area, has increased in size and scope in suburban communities. This qualitative, case study examined the factors influencing why and how 15 families chose to pursue a choice option for their children’s elementary school experience, and also describes their subsequent levels of satisfaction with regard to their experience. Parents described how perceptions of their school district brought them to the local community, and then shaped their opinions regarding high and low performing schools in their community. Once enrolled in the choice ...


“Building An Airplane In The Sky”: A Case Study On Perceptions Of The Common Core State Standards (Ccss), Emily D. Hines Apr 2015

“Building An Airplane In The Sky”: A Case Study On Perceptions Of The Common Core State Standards (Ccss), Emily D. Hines

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership

This qualitative study examined teacher perceptions of the Common Core State Standards; the case study occurred within a small elementary school in Western Wisconsin. Eight educators, including six classroom teachers and two administrators, one principal and one reading specialist/literacy coach, participated in this study. Two major themes in perceptions of need and impact emerged from the interview data, with several subthemes within need and impact including: needs for staff development/training, support, time and better understanding as well as impacts on students’ social-emotional well-being, district funding, student learning, teacher identities and well-being, instruction/pedagogy/reading, assessment, and student diversity ...