Recent Publications

  • (2018-2019) Homework- Research Summary

    (2018-2019) Homework- Research Summary

    Homework is an instructional practice that can provide students with opportunities to deepen understanding and skills. This paper summarizes best-practice from current research.

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  • (2017-2018) Creating Local Norms for Gifted and Talented Student Identification

    (2017-2018) Creating Local Norms for Gifted and Talented Student Identification

    Typically, national norms are used as baseline scores for Gifted and Talented selection. Best practice states that local norms should be developed in order to ensure that GT students are identified in underserved student populations.
    This study enables WASD to recognize if we are missing students with potential gifted service needs.

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  • (2016/2017) Year 1- Early Implemenation of Mastery Learning in West Ada's Academy High Schools

    (2016/2017) Year 1- Early Implemenation of Mastery Learning in West Ada's Academy High Schools

    WASD’s academy high schools started the 2016-2017 as full “flex model” blended learning schools. Students have flexible schedules, open “flex” time where they could choose what to work on and where, and mentor periods where students would have to check in with an adult to monitor progress and help set schedules. The goal is to create learning environments which are flexible enough to provide personalized and highly differentiated learning opportunities while providing the structure that students need to be successful. This report provides details from the first year of implementation, resources created along the way, and measured outcomes.

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  • (2016/2017) Danielson or FIT: Perceptions of West Ada's Evaluation Model

    (2016/2017) Danielson or FIT: Perceptions of West Ada's Evaluation Model

    Charlotte Danielson’s model has become the standard for teacher evaluations in the State of Idaho and many other states around the country. The question, however, is whether the massive amount of work being done in observing and evaluating teachers using the Danielson based tool, is actually improving teacher performance, and more importantly is it improving student achievement?

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  • (2014/2015) Academy Mastery Learning Project

    (2014/2015) Academy Mastery Learning Project

    Beginning in the 2012 school year, West Ada School District (WASD) has been looking to create a new school model for its high school academies. A survey was given to student to assess needs in an attempt to create a system that works for these students. These are the results of this survey.

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  • (2014/2015) Making the Digital Transition- Online Techbook Professional Development

    (2014/2015) Making the Digital Transition- Online Techbook Professional Development

    The West Ada School District (WASD) is currently in the process of transitioning its schools and classrooms to digitally-rich environments. This is in order to better align student learning with the skills needed for success in current and future jobs. This research seeks to identify professional development characteristics which best aid teachers in integrating technology tools into their classrooms.

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  • (2014/2015) Middle School Academic Behaviors for Career and College Readiness

    (2014/2015) Middle School Academic Behaviors for Career and College Readiness

    This research identifies areas of student academic mindsets which have improved through school-wide implementations. In addition, this work is based in a Career and College Readiness framework and can be used to identify strengths and areas of further work which can enable action and data-based decisions by school staff.

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  • (2014/2015) Pilot to Purchase Project

    (2014/2015) Pilot to Purchase Project

    This study sought to develop a method for measuring outcomes associated with software being used and/or piloted within the district. It is part of a larger study performed in association with Digital Promise- The League of Innovative Schools.

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  • (2014/2015) The Boise Watershed Project: A Community Collaboration

    (2014/2015) The Boise Watershed Project: A Community Collaboration

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the benefits of students participating in real-world STEM activities (field trips). This research was a collaborative community partnership between the West Ada School District, Boise State University, and the Boise WaterShed. The project is funded by the Micron Foundation.

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  • (2013/2014) Career and College Readiness- Middle School Key Academic Behaviors Survey Pilot Study

    (2013/2014) Career and College Readiness- Middle School Key Academic Behaviors Survey Pilot Study

    With today’s emphasis on ensuring that our students are career and college ready, Joint School District No. 2 (JSD2) is developing a Career and College Readiness (CCR) model that spans the K-12 grade levels. The aim of this model is to create a scaffolding to align actions toward career and college readiness from Kindergarten through 12th grade. This alignment is an effort to systematically develop students who are well-prepared throughout all grade levels as well as to develop a measurement system in order to identify areas of need and to gauge progress toward meeting those needs.

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  • (2012/2013) Configuring the 21st Century Classroom

    (2012/2013) Configuring the 21st Century Classroom

    Configuring the 21st Century Classroom is a project that the West Ada School District has undertaken as a part of its participation within the League of Innovative Schools. The purpose of this project is to create innovative models of 21st Century Classrooms and to enable the district and its university partners to evaluate their impact on student learning.

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  • (2013/2014) Configuring the 21st Century Classroom Year 2- Student, Parent, and Teacher

    (2013/2014) Configuring the 21st Century Classroom Year 2- Student, Parent, and Teacher

    A continuation of the Configuring the 21st Century Classrooms project that West Ada School District undertook during the 2012-2013 school year, this analysis sought, not only to look at influences on students due to technology, but also if those influences impact the teacher as well as the parents. This is in an attempt to determine what technology uses motivate and engage students, what types of technology enable parents greater involvement in student’s learning, and what types of technology make the already difficult job of teaching easier and more productive.

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  • (2012/2013) Social Studies Online Techbook Pilot Analysis

    (2012/2013) Social Studies Online Techbook Pilot Analysis

    The study sought to determine if the use of techbook technology is a viable, economically prudent, and effective method of delivering course content to students within the West Ada School District. Additionally the study sought to determine which implementation method would be best suited for students based on effectiveness, engagement, and overall use within the district’s schools.

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  • (2012/2013) Analysis of a High School Blended-Learning Model

    (2012/2013) Analysis of a High School Blended-Learning Model

    This study sought to analyze the effectiveness of the blended-learning pilot, gather results to improve the online and/or blended-learning program, and to glean some sense of the benefits of online education models (online v. blended-models) for various types of students throughout the West Ada School District.

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