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    • P R E S I D E N T As I look back over the twenty-six years I have been privileged to be associated with the Branch College, I have a flood of memories of what sometimes seemed slow but in perspective was sure and inevitable development from a high...
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    • 2 have been completely transformed and are irreversible. The ways in which ELLs from low SES backgrounds interact and associate with the digital era was also addressed. The results of this research will help educators yield a deeper appreciation...
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    • 8 Chapter 2 Literature Review When children enter school, they bring an array of experiences and background knowledge to the classroom as they try to understand their new world of learning in the academic world away from home. In terms of literacy,...
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    • 9 community and family settings are valued in the development of literacy among students who are not identified with the dominant culture. Factors such as language, culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status explain patterns of student...
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    • 18 discovery that emerged from this qualitative study were the differences in the amounts of literacy activities that took place per hour. For example, even though these families were all from low- SES backgrounds, researchers categorized them into...
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    • 19 when they enter school compared to children from poor HLEs. However, those children from low-SES families and ethnic backgrounds had the most variability of literacy experiences in the home environment. “Relating these profiles to SES and...
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    • 60 U.S. Department of Education. (2010b). Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies: Title 1, Part A. Washington, DC: Retrieved October 15, 2010, from http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html Van Steensel, R. (2006)....
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    • STRAIGHT IS THE GATE 99 the pursuit of happiness. They wished to live their lives without interference or persecution. These goals pushed the people in the community to break down long-standing barriers and allow themselves to become...
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    • 9 Frustration with math and the poor attitude that follows can severely damper a student’s ability to succeed in the present and future. A negative attitude towards math is one of the biggest hurdles that educators must overcome before any real...
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    • 10 Another important contributing factor to the success or failure of a student is the level of involvement parents provide in the home. Even as children transition through the middle school ages “Parents continue to be an important source of...
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    • 18 • The degree of repetition of topics (U.S. curriculum was highly repetitive; topics were introduced too early, taught with too little depth, and were endlessly repeated). • Logical order of topics (topics in U.S. were not presented in a logical,...
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    • 21 Teachers face many barriers: time, accessibility of the parents, and the ineffective outcome of previous parent teacher encounters. However, there are valid reasons why parents slip in consistent communication with schools, and teachers. The...
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    • 25 understanding and confidence that they need to make sense of their children’s work as it arrives at home in the form of homework” (Ginsburg, et al. 2008 p. 21). The lacking personal confidence some parents have concerning math can lead to...
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    • 39 Chapter 5 Discussion This project was implemented in the researchers’ sixth grade math class in hopes of devising a structured remedy in aiding those students who receive insufficient help from home on daily math concepts. The researcher worked...
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    • 48 and returned homework assignments almost every day. This finding agreed with the research in that “The empirical evidence shows that parental engagement is one of the key factors in securing higher student achievement and school improvement”...

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