A-Z List of Free SEDL Publications

Below is a list of SEDL publications available free online. There are additional publications available in the SEDL Store, where SEDL lists the publications available for sale.

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A Best-Fit Approach to Effective Teacher Policy: (Insights on Education Policy, Practice, and Research, Number 17) (2004)
In this issue of Insights, SEDL invited Jennifer King Rice, Ph.D. to share her best-fit decision making approach to improving teacher resources. This issue describes her model and provides guidance on its use.
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A Flashlight and a Compass: A Collection of Tools to Promote Instructional Coherence (2000)
This kit is a set of resources for facilitators assisting groups of educators in becoming more reflective about their practice, to make instructions based on student learning, and to create a more coherent learning experience for students.
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A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002)
This review of the research examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success.
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A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs (2009)
A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs is designed to share with you the practices that can help you cover it all—great programming, terrific staff, positive relationships, and plenty of resources to lead and sustain successful afterschool programs.
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A Special Place (An environmental education film about the San Antonio River) (1977)
A Special Place traces the history of the interaction between the natural and the man-made elements in the San Antonio River setting. The production explores the story of the river in the life of the city and the lives of its citizens. A priceless environmental asset, this spring-fed stream comes to life in the northern part of the city, winds its way through downtown, proceeds south by the old Spanish missions, then leaves the city to continue its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.  The story of the river is intertwined with that of the city whose name it shares. By examining this history and functioning of this river and the city built around it, it is possible to gain insights into some of the issues that confront American cities today.
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A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement (2009)
Designed for educators who are implementing Title I, Part A parental involvement provisions, this toolkit includes detailed explanations of the provisions and 33 tools to help states, districts, and schools meet the requirements.
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Afterschool Lesson Plan Database (2008)
This online database contains fun and enriching lesson plans for afterschool projects in the arts, literacy, mathematics, science, and technology. Expanded learning practitioners can also submit their favorite lesson plans for consideration.
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Afterschool Training Toolkit Videos: Promising Practices in Afterschool (2008)
These 25 short videos are based on visits to afterschool programs across the country identified through a rigorous process based on data suggesting their afterschool academic practices are positively impacting student learning. The videos provide real-life examples of successful afterschool instruction, and they support the goals of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers by illustrating fun and engaging ways to embed academics in afterschool.
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Afterschool Training Toolkit: Building Quality Enrichment Activities (2008)
This online toolkit provides resources for developing fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities for afterschool and expanded learning programs. The toolkit includes promising practices and sample lessons in the arts, literacy, math, science, technology, and homework help.
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AfterWords (2008)
AfterWords was a monthly e-newsletter published by the National Center for Quality Afterschool from Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2008. The award-winning newsletter provided up-to-date research on high-quality afterschool and expanded learning practices and methods that instructors and site coordinators could use to implement the practices in their own programs.
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Alternative High Schools in Rural Areas: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 3 (2010)
This brief addresses the question: What research or promising practices should an individual district or a cooperative among several districts consider with regard to the establishment of an alternative high school in a rural area?
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Arkansas Education Renewal Zones Initiative - 2007 Final Evaluation Report (2007)
SEDL staff conducted a multiyear evaluation of the ERZ initiative in eight sites across the state of Arkansas. The evaluation included both formative and summative data collection and reporting functions. The primary goals of the evaluation were to document the context in which the ERZ initiative takes place in each site, the implementation of the initiative according to the guidelines specified in the legislation, and the short- and long-term outcomes resulting from the implementation of the initiative.
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Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance: Data Inventory Overview (2014)
This document provides an overview of the Arkansas Prekindergarten Data Inventory, which is in a separate Excel spreadsheet available upon request. The data inventory includes information about data collected and maintained by the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Health Services, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations.
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Arts in Afterschool: A Guide to Using the Afterschool Training Toolkit for Professional Development (2008)
The six promising practices in afterschool for the arts identified in the Afterschool Training Toolkit are as follows: Building Skills in the Arts; Expressing Yourself Through the Arts; Making Connections to History and Culture; Thinking and Talking About Works of Art; Integrating the Arts With Other Subjects; Involving Families and Communities. Each practice is built on youth development principles and research on effective arts instruction. At their core, the Afterschool Training Toolkit materials are designed to illustrate techniques and activities that leverage student curiosity to make the arts in afterschool both enjoyable and academically relevant. This guide provides professional development ideas for each practice.
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Arts in Afterschool: An Instructor's Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit (2008)

The six promising practices in afterschool for the arts identified in the Afterschool Training Toolkit are as follows: Building Skills in the Arts; Expressing Yourself Through the Arts; Making Connections to History and Culture; Thinking and Talking About Works of Art; Integrating the Arts With Other Subjects; Involving Families and Communities. When used with the Afterschool Training Toolkit, the lessons in this instructor’s guide will help you master these promising practices. Once you become proficient at these practices, you should be able to use them to develop other arts lessons.

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Aspirations of Rural Youth Webinar (2013)
Research suggests that a majority of youth in rural areas want to continue their education beyond high school. Yet rural students often have limited access to the advanced coursework, college and career counseling, and other programs that can help them transition into postsecondary education or the workforce. The Aspirations of Rural Youth Bridge Event Webinar, hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest at SEDL, examines research and initiatives related to the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities experience in supporting students in the transition to college and careers. The webinar took place Thursday, October 3, 2013.
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Assessing a School Staff as a Community of Professional Learners: Issues About Change, Volume 7, Number 1 (1999)
This paper discusses how to use an instrument to assess how well a school staff functions as a team and works collegially so that students might become more successful learners.
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