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The Effects On Instructional Conversations On English Language Learners, Elizabeth Hendy, Joshua Cuevas Dr. Jul 2020

The Effects On Instructional Conversations On English Language Learners, Elizabeth Hendy, Joshua Cuevas Dr.

Georgia Educational Researcher

This research examined the effectiveness that the Instructional Conversations (ICs) teaching method had on elementary-aged English Language Learning (ELLs) students. Specifically, how ICs impact student academic achievement, academic language usage, and student engagement. The study compared two first grade classrooms, 39 participants, consisting of majority ELL students. The experimental group received math instruction through Instructional Conversation activities while the comparison group was taught using traditional math instruction and centers. After controlling for initial ability in math, results indicated that ICs did not lead to an increase of academic achievement or academic language usage when compared to students taught through traditional ...


Empowering Teacher Teams To Expand Student Ownership, Paul Martuccio, Paul J. Bloomberg Dr. Mar 2020

Empowering Teacher Teams To Expand Student Ownership, Paul Martuccio, Paul J. Bloomberg Dr.

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

The notion of empowerment is at the core of The Public School 13 learning culture. Empowerment is about creating conditions for strengthening efficacy school wide – for students, for teachers, for teams – for the COLLECTIVE! Learn how The Public School 13 cultivates teacher leadership through collaborative inquiry with a laser-like focus on expanding student ownership and agency.


Read, Write, Rhyme: Increasing Reading Performance With Hip-Hop Texts, Crystal Monique Lavoulle Mar 2020

Read, Write, Rhyme: Increasing Reading Performance With Hip-Hop Texts, Crystal Monique Lavoulle

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

This presentation describes the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop Movement, a literacy program that uses best practices in literacy instruction to improve reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Moving beyond educational hip-hop songs and videos, this presentation offers insight into effective ways to increase Georgia Milestone Assessment scores in both English language arts and social studies using a variety of hip-hop texts.


Rising Up: Kids Who Own Their Learning And Behaviors, And The Supports Which Made It Happen, Brian Keefer Mar 2020

Rising Up: Kids Who Own Their Learning And Behaviors, And The Supports Which Made It Happen, Brian Keefer

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

A success story connecting Head and Home will be explored focusing on Hampton Elementary School’s strategic integration of STEAM Focused Project Based Learning, Authentic Learning, Student Goal Setting and Reflection, Social and Emotional Learning, and Increased Parental Engagement. Participants will leave with applicable ideas and strategies to grow student and parental engagement promoting increased academic outcomes in their own setting.


Cultivating Leaders To Reform School Culture, Carmalita Dillard, Amber Hurley, Dolores Gordon, Tene Evertt Mar 2020

Cultivating Leaders To Reform School Culture, Carmalita Dillard, Amber Hurley, Dolores Gordon, Tene Evertt

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

A school environment which chronically deals with disruptive students, high absenteeism and low student morale, may find traditional disciplinary consequences ineffective for changing the culture of the school. By using student leadership and empowerment opportunities, coupled with positive parental and behavioral contacts, the presenters will provide practical applications to transform and sustain a positive learning environment.


Schools For Profit Or Schools For Education? A Christian School Principal’S Perspectives, Michael A. Crosby Jan 2020

Schools For Profit Or Schools For Education? A Christian School Principal’S Perspectives, Michael A. Crosby

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is a series of speculative essays (Schubert, 1991) that address the forces of neoliberalism on schools today– both public and private. While there have been studies on the detrimental effects of high-stakes testing on public schools (e.g., Au, 2015; Giroux, 2014; Wacquant, 2000) as well as the associated harmful effects of school to prison pipeline (e.g., Saltman, 2016; Taubman, 2009), there remains little research associated with the damaging impacts of neoliberalism on Christian schools. Building upon the theoretical framework of critical pedagogy (e.g., Friere, 1970; Kincheloe, 2008; McLaren, 2015), I undertake a critical examination of ...


The Classroom As A Catalyst For Change: Promoting Anti-Racist Pedagogy Through Tolerance In The Elementary Classroom, Madison Setchell Jan 2020

The Classroom As A Catalyst For Change: Promoting Anti-Racist Pedagogy Through Tolerance In The Elementary Classroom, Madison Setchell

University Honors Program Theses

The purpose of this paper is to examine the existing research on anti-racist education and synthesize that information to develop lesson plans that teachers can use to promote tolerance in their classrooms. Review of the literature in this area reveals gaps in current curriculum and teaching practices. The literature on teaching tough topics concludes that difficult subjects should be used as a guide for discussion within the low stakes environment of a classroom. Three tolerance-centered lesson plans were developed using the Inquiry Design Model (Grant, 2017). This model highlights key ideas of a topic, presents three supporting questions related to ...


The Importance Of Advocating For Lgbtq+ Youth In Schools And The Community., Stefanie N. Hassing Mar 2019

The Importance Of Advocating For Lgbtq+ Youth In Schools And The Community., Stefanie N. Hassing

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

This presentation is aimed to provide professionals who work with children, including educators, administrators, counselors, and adult volunteers, information regarding the increased risks and needs for the LGBT+ population between the ages of 10-19 and how to advocate for them within community and school settings.


The Impact Of Grade Level Flexible Grouping On Math Achievement Scores, Heather Mckeen Jan 2019

The Impact Of Grade Level Flexible Grouping On Math Achievement Scores, Heather Mckeen

Georgia Educational Researcher

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Flexible grouping aims to divide students into groups according to their strengths and abilities. This will allow teachers to tailor instruction to meet the needs of students, allowing them to thrive within their current environments. Quantitative research was used to investigate whether flexible grouping had a positive effect on student achievement as measured by the mathematics section of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The aggregate scores of students in grades 1 to 4 in a school in a county in Georgia were compared for periods before and after the implementation of flexible grouping. The following study was able to ...


Qualitative Content Analysis Of Policy As An Expression Of Educational Theory On Special Education Preschool Placement Options, Jennifer M. Dineen Jan 2019

Qualitative Content Analysis Of Policy As An Expression Of Educational Theory On Special Education Preschool Placement Options, Jennifer M. Dineen

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study utilized a qualitative content analysis approach where the researcher collected policies and theories to analyze and interpret and to examine the relationship between developmental theories and Georgia preschool policies as they relate to inclusion using archived state policies found on the Georgia Department of Education and Department of Early Learning website. The theories of Vygotsky (1978), Piaget (1936), and Bronfenbrenner (1979) were examined, along with the public policies on Georgia preschool. These policies included Georgia Early Learning Development Standards, Bright from the Start operating guidelines, and Work Sampling System. The researcher found common themes and/or phrases in ...


A Review Of Survey Data Collected On The Use Of Applied Behavior Analytic (Aba) Based Instructional Strategies By Educators In Pennsylvania Schools, Eric J. Bieniek, Mike Monfore, Matthew Erickson, Ashlea Rineer-Hershey, Richael Barger-Anderson Mar 2018

A Review Of Survey Data Collected On The Use Of Applied Behavior Analytic (Aba) Based Instructional Strategies By Educators In Pennsylvania Schools, Eric J. Bieniek, Mike Monfore, Matthew Erickson, Ashlea Rineer-Hershey, Richael Barger-Anderson

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

This survey was initiated to explore the perceptions and daily practices of Applied behavior Analytic ABA) by educators supporting exceptional learners in public and private school settings in Pennsylvania. This survey explores the degree to which educators are trained, feel confident in and actually carry out a range evidenced based practices following an ABA approach. Results are also presented in regards to barriers that educators feel limit the delivery of ABA based approaches and undermine the fidelity of interventions once introduced in their professional settings.


Engaging Data-Based Problem-Solving To Address Chronic Absenteeism Among Prek-12 Students, Amber Brundage Mar 2018

Engaging Data-Based Problem-Solving To Address Chronic Absenteeism Among Prek-12 Students, Amber Brundage

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Each year approximately, 5-7.5 million students are chronically absent. Data necessary to assist educators in problem-solving chronic absenteeism are not widely available. This session focuses on the use of two instruments designed to inform problem-solving for PreK-12 students. A description of instrument administration, data analysis and real-life examples of designing and implementing interventions based on needs identified through the surveys will be provided.


Setting The Stage For Success: Empowering At-Risk Students, Sarah C. Mayberry Mar 2018

Setting The Stage For Success: Empowering At-Risk Students, Sarah C. Mayberry

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Teachers and school leaders will gain an understanding of how students in an inner city, Title I elementary school have used goal setting, data tracking, and leadership habits to empower their learning and set the stage for student success. Participants will also learn how these practices have enabled students to participate in student led parent conferences to share their personal learning and growth.


Read, Write, And Relax: Teachers Perspectives On The Decrease Of Naptime In Kindergarten, Ashleigh Marion Jan 2018

Read, Write, And Relax: Teachers Perspectives On The Decrease Of Naptime In Kindergarten, Ashleigh Marion

University Honors Program Theses

There have been multiple studies from different perspectives, about the role that naptime plays in early childhood education classrooms. However, there is limited research on how teachers feel about this subject. The purpose of this study is to explore and understand teachers’ perspectives and experiences with the current decrease in nap time and how this decrease affects their Kindergarten classrooms. To gain a better understanding of teachers’ perspectives of the decrease of naptime in Kindergarten classrooms, I interviewed six veteran Kindergarten teachers. These teachers have taught in Kindergarten classrooms where naptime was part of their schedule and in classrooms where ...


Developing Identity Among Third Culture Kids, Amy Carol Rustine Jan 2018

Developing Identity Among Third Culture Kids, Amy Carol Rustine

University Honors Program Theses

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore experiences that influence the identity development among Third Culture Kids (TCKs). TCKs in this study are individuals that spend part of their developmental years in a county other than the parents’ home country requiring travel overseas. Participants in the research were adults ranging in age from 19-22 attending college in the United States. Data was collected through individual interviews. Themes emerged after developing codes and analyzing the transcripts with codes. Emerging themes reveal TCK’s tremendous struggle within awareness of difference, struggle to fit in and struggle to belong. Teachers and ...


Technology And Student Achievement In Stem Subjects: Perspectives From Teachers In Grades 3rd-5th, Kayleigh D. Hunter Jan 2017

Technology And Student Achievement In Stem Subjects: Perspectives From Teachers In Grades 3rd-5th, Kayleigh D. Hunter

University Honors Program Theses

The purpose of this study is to research teachers’ perspectives of their role and responsibilities of integrating technology in the classroom and the influence of technology on student achievement. The participants involved in the qualitative research process included seven in-service professional public school teachers. The thirty minute to an hour interviews were piloted using researcher created interview question constructed from previous research on teachers’ perceptions of technology. The questions used were created to specifically answer the researcher’s topic of study; some questions are regarding whether teachers believe success is technology driven and what benefits they think technology brings. The ...


Study Analyzing The Perspectives Of National Board Certified Media Specialists, Melissa Ann Allen Jan 2007

Study Analyzing The Perspectives Of National Board Certified Media Specialists, Melissa Ann Allen

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of ESLMS's (Expert School Library Media Specialists) as total educators (Fullan & Hargreaves, 1996), including the SLMSs (School Library Media Specialist) purpose, the ESLMS as a person, the organizational context and the culture of the SLMS's school. The hypothesis was that ESLMSs role and development as experts in their field was directly related to their purpose and motivations, their view of themselves as persons including their beliefs and values, and the culture and organizational context of the specific school in which they work. Three SLMS's currently employed in Georgia public high schools whom have earned National Board Certification in Library Media were selected for this study. Qualitative research methodology, including questionnaires and interviews, analysis of state and federal reports, an examination of collected artifacts, and an analysis of an online discussion forum, was utilized to create case studies of these three ESLMS's. This research indicated that in order to excel in the media field all four aspects of the total educator must be addressed. The overall results indicate that 1) SLMSs must understand their purpose and goals and those purposes and goals must align with those of the schools in which they work in order to excel in their profession; 2) SLMSs must be aware of themselves as persons in order to grow and develop as professionals and 1 educators; 3) The organizational context of the SLMSs school must allow them control of aspects of their media program in order to implement an exemplary media program; and 4) The culture in which the SLMS's works must provide administrative and staff support for the media program in order for them to implement an exemplary media program. Recommendations include ...


Marvin Pittman Laboratory School Final Year Memorabilia, Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections Jan 1998

Marvin Pittman Laboratory School Final Year Memorabilia, Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections

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This collection consists of class activities, school work, and curricula for the Marvin Laboratory School’s last year, 1997-1998.

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