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Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton Oct 2011

Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton

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In an ever-changing educational environment, it is pertinent that higher education institutions proactively implement strategies and programs that foster growth for the modern day college students. The establishment of effective support mechanisms is an essential component to aid in the development of students. Minority students, in particular, have shown a growing need to receive additional guidance outside of the traditional adherents (i.e., parents, personal ambition, educational advisors, etc). Historically, mentorship has been more prevalent in the private sector, used as a means to groom subordinates to take on new roles within their respective companies. However, assessment and the positive ...


A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner Oct 2011

A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner

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A quality education is essential in determining the success of future generations. All too often K-12 school systems fail to meet the expectations of success held by students, parents, and the community. On the other hand, there are school systems that surpass expectations of success held by stake holders of the school system. Exemplifying this phenomenon is the case of Atlanta Public Schools, who were placed on probation by the accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the case of Gwinnett County Public Schools, who were awarded the 2010 Broad Award for minority student achievement (Torres 2011 ...


The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden Oct 2011

The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden

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This study uses a single subject adapted alternating treatment design to examine the comparative effects of two types of visual supports. Photographic visual supports that depict only the materials in the completed step and photographic visual supports that depict the student using the materials to complete each step were examined as to their comparative efficiency on the acquisition of independent performance of multi-step tasks by students with autism. The study expands the body of literature and fills a gap in the research of visual supports, which is one of the most widely accepted, research-based forms of intervention used with subjects ...


A Critical Examination Of The Relationship Between Student Performances On Assessments Of English Language Proficiency And Academic Achievement, Margaret E. D. Baker Oct 2011

A Critical Examination Of The Relationship Between Student Performances On Assessments Of English Language Proficiency And Academic Achievement, Margaret E. D. Baker

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To comply with federal accountability requirements, English learners (ELs) in Georgia must demonstrate progress in academic English language proficiency (ELP) and academic content-area achievement as measured annually by two state-mandated Title I and Title III assessments, the Accessing Communication and Comprehension in English State-to-State for English Language Learners® (ACCESS for ELLs®) and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). Using a critical ELP assessment validation framework, the intent of this study was to investigate the relationship of students’ performances on Title assessments, analyze student level variability in the predictive power of the ELP assessment for academic achievement, and examine claims made when ...


Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby Oct 2011

Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby

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In a qualitative study in a school district transitioning from rural to suburban based on a population growth and a shift in demographics, attitudes about writing, writing practices, writing assignments, and assessment practices of three teachers in the curriculum content areas of math, science, and social studies were investigated. Individual interviews with the teachers, observations of their classroom practices, interviews with focus groups in their content areas, and examinations of rated assessments provided the data for the study. The results indicated that the teachers’ past negative experiences with writing reflect in their teaching practice, as all are reluctant to generate ...


Cultural Intersections: White Teachers And Their Racial Minority Students, Jason Pritchett Oct 2011

Cultural Intersections: White Teachers And Their Racial Minority Students, Jason Pritchett

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Racial minority students in American public schools learn in environments that are antithetical to their cultural and familial backgrounds. Because the majority of the teacher workforce is comprised of white teachers, the institution of school places racial minority students at risk. These students drop out or are labeled as failures at alarming rates. This qualitative study explored the teaching behaviors of white veteran teachers through a design that mixed both multicase study and autoethnography. The data sources for this study included interviews, focus groups, teacher journals, and teacher-authored documents. The data in this study was member checked and peer reviewed ...


How Does The Collaboration Of General And Special Educators Improve The Progress Attainment Of Students With Disabilities?, Ketrina L. Jordan Jul 2011

How Does The Collaboration Of General And Special Educators Improve The Progress Attainment Of Students With Disabilities?, Ketrina L. Jordan

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"I think that my kids have been very successful in the inclusion classroom this year. I have a seen a lot of growth" (SL). This statement was from a special education teacher who served students with disabilities in the general education math classroom. This teacher collaborates with the general education math teacher. For this co-teaching team, the experience has been a positive one. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to research the collaboration of co-teachers, like SL and her team-mate, in a suburban elementary school, uncovering benefits and costs of collaboration.

Data was collected over one school year utilizing ...


Middle School Academic Performance: An Exploratory Analysis Of The Fulton County School District, Martina Madison Apr 2011

Middle School Academic Performance: An Exploratory Analysis Of The Fulton County School District, Martina Madison

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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact that race and economic status have on middle school academic performance in the Fulton County School District. Descriptive statistics were used to critically analyze how these demographic variables affect middle school academic performance. The mean Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) scores in mathematics and reading were recorded for each of the 22 middle schools in Fulton County from 2006 to 2009 and compared according to race and economic level. The results were grouped together by grade, year, and test subject in order to find trends that occurred over the past ...