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High School Dropout Prevention: What Can Schools Do?

A research study looking into factors that effect dropout risk, protectiveness of keeping kids engaged, the fostering of academic achievement, and guidelines for dropout intervention.  Why dropouts happen, how to recognize the problems, and planning to minimize dropouts and keep students involved.

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What Works for Diverse and Special Needs Students: A Study at the Elementary Level

An in depth look into the creation of higher performance at the elementary level.  A discussion of:  close engagement with and understanding of the population, literacy and technology enriched instruction, enlightened approach to curriculum and data, and fluid adaptation and deployment of resources.

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    Capacity for Professional Communities

    An in depth chart analysis of many levels of teaching including: commitment to understanding, intellectual perseverance,  courage and initiative,  commitment to reflection, commitment to expertise,  and collegiality.

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      Balanced Leadership: Leadership at all levels

      A detailed presentation on leadership on many levels of the educational system, from the highest level of superintendent administration all the way down to classroom initiatives.  A look into curriculum modification, creation of the optimal learning environment, as well as student-teacher and teacher-teacher interaction.

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        What Works in Schools: Maximizing Curriculum Effectiveness, Staff Performance and Community Involvement

        A presentation of how to improve school level factors including curriculum quality, academic goal setting, parent and community involvement, school safety and environment and staff collegiality.

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        What Changes are Ahead for Education?

        This powerpoint presentation examines the many changes that are about to affect public schools andcompares the American public education system to others in developed countries.  It identifies a number of ways that we can improve student outcomes, improve accountability, and utilize technological innovation.  By improving teacher quality and collaborating with stakeholders, public educators can have a significant impact on the system and ensure its sustainability.

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        Joint Intervention Team: Overview of Process

        This Powerpoint presentation was prepared by CASDA for Troy City School District and outlines the JIT process for struggling schools.  CASDA has conducted JITs for schools throughout the Capital Region and beyond, helping to improve schools and student achievement.  Following the guidelines of NYSED, CASDA’s team of experts can help set your school on a path to success by identifying those areas that need improvement and developing a plan of action.  This Powerpoint outlines the JIT process, including roles and responsibilities of participants, and details the variety of responses that are often required...

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        Lessons from 1990-1994: Planning and Budgeting for Sustainability

        In this January 2011 webinar, panelists discussed the actions taken by schools duringthe last major recession and asked what schools today can do to promote student achievement during economically difficult times.  How can schools responsibly reduce or eliminate programs? Are there systemic or structural changes that can be made at the district level?  This powerpoint also offers some recommendations for leaders to promote sustainable schools and programs.

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        Achieving and Sustaining a Highly Effective Teacher Workforce

        In this Powerpoint presentation, University at Albany School of Education faculty member Hamp Lankford identifies some of the challenges associated with recruiting and retainign highly effective teachers as well as policies to improve recruitment and effectiveness.  Highlighting the key attributes of those teachers who are most effective, the presentation also offers recommendations for leaders and administrators to help teachers realize their full potential through assessment and professional development.

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        Focus on the I in RtI Slide Handout

        Donna Scanlon of the University of Albany’s Child Research and Study Center attempts to identify the origins of reading difficulties among students and outlines the variety of intervention approaches that can be tailored to individual student needs.  She also provides detailed information on best practices in reading intervention strategies.

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