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  • EdCast: How Do We Ensure High-Quality Early Childhood Experiences for All Kids?

    Eboni Howard has devoted her career to researching early care and child development, working to ensure that all children receive high-quality early experiences-regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or zip code. In the second podcast episode in the Education Policy Center's Equity Series, Howard and Peter Cookson discuss what research has shown and the implications for policymakers.

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    The Research to Practice Connection in School Improvement

    In these episodes from the Education Policy Center, Kerstin Carlson LeFloch and Catherine Barbour discuss what research tells us about best practices in school improvement. How can teachers and leaders work together to support school improvement? What are three critical components of school improvement?

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    Learning from Mixed Results: What's Next for Teacher Professional Development?

    Recent research suggests that intensive, content-focused professional development improves teachers' knowledge and some aspects of their practice, but not student achievement. Kirk Walters sat down with Mike Garet, who led the research, and three other experts to get their reactions to these findings.

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    She Looks Back (Video)

    AIR is partnering with local organizations to increase educational opportunities for girls in Liberia. She Looks Back features compelling first-hand accounts of what life is like for girls in post-conflict Liberia struggling to better their lives. View the short version, on YouTube.

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    Dual Language Programs Explained

    In recent years, there has been an increased interest in dual-language programs, in which students receive instruction in both English and a partner language to help them acquire both. In this video, Diane August, AIR managing researcher, explains the benefits of dual language programs and some of the challenges to implementing them.

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    Cash Transfers Explained: How Cash Empowers Poor Families in Zambia

    Cash transfers are international development programs where donors or governments can give cash directly to targeted groups. In this video, David Seidenfeld, senior director of AIR's international research and evaluation, dispels the myth that such programs create dependency and are a waste of money.

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    The Art of Coaching Better Math Instruction

    Instructional coaching can promote more effective and engaging learning in the classroom. In this video, Kirk Walters, AIR principal researcher and instructional math coach, shows how he supports teachers and helps students learn critical math skills.

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    Supporting Students Through Response to Intervention

    Response to intervention (RTI) is a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavioral problems. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk of poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide and adjust evidence-based interventions when needed, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities.

  • Does transitional kindergarten improve school readiness? Find out what we learned.
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    Transitional kindergarten boosts school readiness in math, reading

    California students who attended transitional kindergarten were more engaged in the learning process and better prepared for math and reading when they entered kindergarten than children who did not, according to a new study by the American Institutes for Research.

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