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Southwest Regional Laboratory

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Works: 50 works in 65 publications in 1 language and 294 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Interactive multimedia  Educational games  Video games  Software  Juvenile works  Case studies  Handbooks and manuals  Computer games  History 
Classifications: HV5824.Y68, 372.4
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Most widely held works by Southwest Regional Laboratory
Annual report on promising practices : how the Algebra Project eliminates the "Game of Signs" with negative numbers by Cristi L Carson( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper argues that operations with negative numbers should be taught using a curriculum that is grounded in algebraic geometry. This position is supported by the results from a study that compared the conceptual understanding of grade 9 students who received the Algebra Project transition curriculum to a control group of grade 6 gifted students who received a traditional introductory algebra course. The overall scores on an open-ended examination showed that the Algebra Project students, who performed lower than the traditional students at the beginning of the year, had surpassed the traditional group by the end of the year. Further examination of the students' problem-solving strategies revealed that the Algebra Project students had developed an understanding of integer addition and subtraction, based on vector operations, while the traditional group of students still exhibited confusion from the use of the conventional sign rules. The study results show how all operations with integers can be made more intuitive to students by providing them with physical experiences that correspond to vector operations in space/time coordinates. These results not only reinforce the view that all students should have the opportunity to learn the important ideas of mathematics, but that all students need to learn the traditionally "higher-order mathematics" that provide geometrical grounding for abstract algebraic concepts. (Contains 19 references.) (Author)
Biennial statewide survey of drug and alcohol use among California students in grades 7, 9, and 11( )

in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reader Rabbit's interactive reading journey for grades K-1( )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the 20 interactive "Letter Lands", this comprehensive reading program integrates 40 carefully leveled storybooks with over 100 lessons in phonics, letter and letter-pattern recognition, and sight-word vocabulary
Reader Rabbit's interactive reading journey 1( )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the 20 interactive "Letter Lands", this comprehensive reading program integrates 40 carefully leveled storybooks with over 100 lessons in phonics, letter and letter-pattern recognition, and sight-word vocabulary
Student assistance program demonstration project evaluation : final report by John A Pollard( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This document presents the final report on the evaluation of California's model student assistance program (sap) demonstration projects implemented in five locations across the state from July 1989 through June 1992. The report provides an overall, integrated review of the evaluation of the sap demonstration projects, summarizes important findings from previous evaluation phases, reports evaluation activities for the project's third year, and addresses four questions: (1) how successfully did the SAPs develop their administrative structures and organization? (2) who were the students who participated in the SAPs? (3) how effectively did the SAPs deliver services to students? And (4) did the SAPs have a positive impact on participating students? Section 1 of the report provides an introduction to the sap project. Section 2 presents a review of the political and organizational development of the demonstration projects. Section 3 provides a summary of the 1990-91 process evaluation. Section 4 details the third-year evaluation effort which was dedicated to the evaluation of the impact on students of the sap demonstration projects. Key issues include the development of the evaluation methodology, the analysis of data, and the interpretation of results. Section 5 includes an integration of all 3 years of evaluation findings, providing some of the insights and recommendations regarding the demonstration projects and the functioning of SAPs. (Nb)
Preventing chaos in times of crisis : a guide for school administrators by Melinda Jones( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This manual will help school principals and other school officials prepare for, manage, and evaluate site-based responses to a variety of crisis situations. This manual specifically focuses on suicide, natural disasters, rape, homicide and riots
District response to the demonstration : the practice of technology by Treseen McCormick( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper reports on how technology is currently used in nine schools that educators view as "promising" exemplars of technology use. Four elementary, three middle and two high schools from Arizona, California and Nevada (three schools from each state) were examined. Extensive document review and telephone interviews were conducted in preparation for two-person 1- to 2-day site visits. The schools implemented three types of technology: voice (internal/external telephone system with voice mail and electronic access to engage other technologies), video (within and between classes) and data (computers with electronic mail). The video category includes video cameras and computers for editing video productions, as well as television monitors, video cassette recorders (VCRs), and cable; the data category includes computers with Compact Disk-Read Only Memory (cd-rom) and laser disc capability, scanners and Internet access. Access to computer equipment was an issue at all schools. All but one school had at least one computer in every classroom; special education classrooms typically had computers for each student. Staff training and support depended on technology types, schools' equipment and availability of training personnel, the purposes and manner for which technology was going to be used, and the breadth and level of technology skills already held by the teachers. In terms of program development, four issues were encountered by the sites: community support, finances, facilities, and educational philosophies. Each issue was encountered during different steps of program development: planning, implementation, maintenance and expansion. All of the schools are striving to keep up with technology. Unfortunately, needs and demands for technology are outpacing the funding potential. Contains seven references. (Aef)
What a voucher could buy : a survey of California's private schools by Marcella R Dianda( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most controversial form of school choice is the voucher system, which allows families to use tax dollars, in the form of vouchers, to pay for tuition at private schools. The Parental Choice in Education Initiative, slated to be on the California June 1994 election ballot, will give residents the opportunity to vote on a statewide school-voucher program. A survey of private schools in the state was conducted to determine the availability, affordability, and accessibility of private schools to voucher-redeeming students from public schools. Highlights of the findings include the following: three quarters of the schools said they would participate in a voucher system; low- and medium-tuition schools are more likely to participate than high-tuition schools; most of the private schools are nearly full and those open to vouchers could expand by less than 15 percent without additional construction or staffing; without expanding, private schools could accommodate less than one percent of public school enrollment. Two other findings are that 60 percent of the schools charge less than $2,600 per year, the amount for which vouchers could be redeemed; and private-school enrollment is 40 percent minority and contains few low-income or non-English-speaking students. The body of the report details each of these findings and illustrates them with 22 tables and 8 figures. An appendix includes a comparison of responding schools and private schools statewide and a description of survey development and administration. (Jpt)
Reader Rabbit's interactive reading journey 1 : an integrated approach to beginning reading instruction( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the 20 interactive "Letter Lands", this comprehensive reading program integrates 40 carefully leveled storybooks with over 100 lessons in phonics, letter and letter-pattern recognition, and sight-word vocabulary
Study implications for district support strategies( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report to the Attorney General : biennial statewide survey of drug and alcohol use among California students in grades 7, 9, and 11 : Winter 1989-1990 by Rodney W Skager( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Final guidelines and procedures for teacher development systems : integrating technology and instruction by Treseen McCormick( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper examines how technology was used to enhance instruction in schools that are viewed as "promising" in their technology use by individuals in state education agencies. Four elementary, three middle and two high schools from Arizona, California and Nevada were examined. Extensive document review and telephone interviews were conducted in preparation for two-person 1- to 2-day site visits. Four schools reported that teachers actively used technology in instructional delivery; minimal equipment included a computer, Video Cassette Recorder (vcr) and large video monitor in each classroom for multimedia presentations. A few teachers incorporated online telecommunications into their curriculum and instruction. Students used computers for learning keyboarding or practicing word processing and graphics; students at schools with Internet capacity used it for doing research for class projects. Five schools offered video production opportunities for students. In terms of technology integration, three trends were consistent: (1) using technology in project-based curriculum, (2) concerns with articulation issues between grade levels, and (3) an increased legitimation of "technology as curriculum" at upper-grade levels. Staff training and support depended on technology types, schools' equipment and availability of training personnel, the purposes and manner for which technology was going to be used, and the breadth and level of technology skills already held by the teachers. Schools used two additional strategies to provide support for technology use: access to a variety of technologies and use of technology beyond the school. Contains ten references. (Aef)
Private schools and parental choice : dubious assumptions, frail claims, and excessive hyperbole by Ronald G Corwin( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The preoccupation with choice between public and private schools offered under voucher programs obscures the greater problem of a lack of variety in the present educational system. If providing a greater variety of school structures and improving the educational system is the objective, competition between the public and private sectors will not achieve that goal. A comprehensive system of specialized schools is needed that includes cooperative relationships among many types of schools in the public and private sectors. The assertion that competition, or marketplace forces, will lead to a better educational system is invalid. Private schools represent only about 12 percent of all school enrollment and, unlike public schools, can be selective in the students they accept. Successful small, experimental programs tried in private schools may not be effective when attempted on a larger scale. And many private schools are unwilling or unable to participate in a voucher program. Eliminating bureaucracy is also a faulty reason for establishing a voucher system. Bureaucracy provides structure and fairness to the educational system. A system of specialized schools with special focuses that encourages cooperation and collaboration between private and public schools can provide the educational improvements voucher advocates seek. (Contains 63 references.) (Jpt)
California student substance use survey( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adolescence, school transitions, and prevention : a research-based primer by BethAnn Berliner( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preventionists have long recognized that the transition from elementary to secondary school represents a period of uncertainty and profound change in young adolescents' lives. This paper offers a research-based primer for teachers and other preventionists. It builds upon the prevention literature that focuses on protective factors as well as the current notion that life transitions may be overlooked as opportunities to help adolescents thrive. It is a call to recognize school transitions as important life events and to promote the development of prevention interventions during these periods. The following topics and theories are examined: transitions, stress, and coping; the transition into adolescence; timing and discontinuity theory; environmental theory; transitional life events theory; role strain theory; theory to practice approaches; and belonging. Answers are listed for the following questions: Who should participate in a school transition program? What should the format of a school transition program look like? And What should be included in a school transition program? Transitions are times of heightened risk as well as opportunities to develop effective coping skills. To turn school transitions from a risk to an opportunity, prevention programming must move beyond skill-building to include interventions that provide children and youth a sense of belonging and a bright future. Contains 34 references. (Jbj)
Membership in violent gangs fed by suspicion, deterred through respect by Cristina Bodinger-DeUriarte( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This document concerns the problem of violent youth gangs, noting that gang activity is no longer restricted to the depressed urban centers but is arriving in suburbs and edge cities. This paper discusses who is in gangs, what gangs offer their members, positive prevention and intervention approaches, and approaches to avoid. The suggested approaches are applicable to any gang setting, but may prove most helpful in settings with relatively new gang problems. A section on demographics and related dynamics in gangs presents a brief picture of who is in gangs, looking at ethnicity, gender, and age of gang members. The following section looks at negative responses to gangs, including repressive policies, labeling, and suspicion; enforcement and the threat of imprisonment; and a tendency to treat the gang as the unit of intervention. The next section suggests a number of positive responses: respecting one another, cooperative learning, engaging in direct dialogue, and providing job opportunities. The conclusion lists four extremely significant conditions leading to differences in the behavior of delinquent gang members as compared to normatively socialized youths and notes that programs which have been most successful in preventing or diminishing serious gang violence have taken these dynamics into account. The document ends with brief descriptions of 26 sample gang intervention/prevention programs. (Contains 59 references.) (NB)
An early look at charter schools in California by Marcella R Dianda( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Guide to Developing Educational Partnerships by Naida C Tushnet( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This guidebook provides practical information for developing educational partnerships, which is based on the experiences of 30 different partnerships in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement's (OERI) Educational Partnership Program. Conclusions about the process of developing a partnership are offered. First, partnerships should be developed if there is a shared concern about a real problem that can be best addressed by organizations from different sectors working together. Second, beginning a successful partnership requires communication among participants about the nature of the concerns, the feasibility of a partnership to address those concerns, organization, roles and responsibilities, and the content and focus of activities. Third, successful partnerships require leadership to build commitment and gather resources, use evaluation and strategic and adaptive planning, and acknowledge and confront problems. Finally, there is no single way to ensure successful partnership development. However, successful partnerships exhibit open information sharing at every point. Specific sections address the following questions: What are the steps to developing a successful educational partnership? How does a successful partnership begin? How do successful partnerships begin implementation? What is the role of evaluation and planning?; what happens when things go wrong? and Will the effort be worthwhile? The appendix contains the Educational Partnerships program directory. (LMI)
Deviance and deviants : why adolescent substance use prevention programs do not work (draft) by Joel H Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee Conmigo : "Success for All" in Schools Serving Language Minority Students. Occasional Paper by Marcella R Dianda( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Success for All is a comprehensive schoolwide restructuring program that has improved reading achievement, increased attendance, reduced special education referrals and placements, and virtually eliminated within-grade retentions in high-poverty elementary schools serving African American children. It is noted that as Success for All has expanded since its first implementation in 1986-87 in inner-city Baltimore (Maryland), districts and schools that serve language minority students are adopting the program. This report explains how Success for All is grounded in approaches that are particularly effective in promoting language minority students' academic success, including use of cooperative learning, the integration of language and communication, and a focus on metacognitive learning strategies. It also discusses adaptations in program delivery and curriculum development, especially the development of a Spanish reading curriculum, Lee Conmigo ("Read With Me"), to meet language minority students' language needs. The report's final section discusses a longitudinal evaluation to track language minority students' progress in Success for All. (Contains 35 references.) (GLR)
 
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