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EXAMINING PHONEMIC AWARENESS INSTRUCTION IN KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS

Executive Summary This study tested two different approaches to teaching key phonological awareness skills and concepts to kindergarten students in SD #42. Based upon early literacy research, the intervention was designed to expand the repertoire of instructional options available to kindergarten teachers. Two parallel but different serie...

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Promoting Teacher Quality

New research clearly correlates what teachers know and do with student learning. The value-added studies of Sanders and other researchers have been able to isolate teacher effects, independent of external variables such as socioeconomic status of students. With this new knowledge, student achievement can no longer be explained simply as a result of...

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New Flexibility for School Success

Many a promising initiative is prevented or curtailed by the inflexibility of the school system. Bureaucratic responses often prove inadequate to deal with the complex and very site-specific challenges of school improvement. Innovators in education are now thinking Îoutside the boxâ of centralized district policies and contracts which stifle c...

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Providing Critical Supports for Successful Learning

A. Literacy Literacy Instruction in Aboriginal Settings SAEE Research Brief October 2004 Helen Raham Increasing success rates for Aboriginal students is one of Canada's most pressing educational challenges. As the acquisition of literacy skills is...

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Barriers to “New Unionism” in Canadian Teacher Unions

Considerable attention, during the 1980s and 1990s, has been directed to the issue of teacher union involvement in educational reform. Both Canada and the U.S. have experienced significant educational reform, including centralization, curriculum standards, accountability measures, state or province-wide student achievement measures, and school choi...

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