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    Parker, Shanna C.
    While working as a 10th- grade level SDAIE English teacher, this researcher found the curriculum provided did not engage students in the learning process. SDAIE students struggled greatly with visualizing the writing process. While they looked to thei . . .
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    Lee, Mary C.
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance related to art . . .
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    Samborsky, Susan Elizabeth
    The purpose of this project was to create an avenue to provide information to Latino parents on how to advocate for their children with disabilities in preparing them to move from high school to post-secondary opportunities. The lack of collaboration . . .
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    Yaangh, Stacy Nai
    The author is a second grade teacher at an urban elementary school in one of the largest school districts in northern California. The author has used the district-adopted Open Court Reading Program, which is a scripted reading program that follows a s . . .
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    Seal-Mayr, Mathew Douglas
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. To develop expertise as a painter the author . . .
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    Pullano, Jacquelyn Nicole
    The current adopted curriculum in public schools across California narrowly focuses on the core curriculum of language arts and math, excluding the visual and performing arts. A curriculum with out the arts fails to address the common sense of childho . . .
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    Savage, Allison Ann
    Stockton yet another year voted as second worst city in the nation tackles issues like poverty, crime, unemployment and gangs. When Pittman Elementary School was opened in the heart of downtown Stockton it was vandalized on a weekly bases and the comm . . .
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    Murphy, Margarte Boles
    Each day children attend school and often experience the challenge of how to become contributing and accountable members of their classroom and community. Teachers have opportunities throughout the day to model and assist students in developing their . . .
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    Udasco, Chantal Michelle
    The project was an alternative culminating experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on the Arts in Education. The project followed Pathway I: Artist as an educator. The author chose to further . . .
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    Hajek, Kristina N.
    Although enrollment at post-secondary institutions is up overall, there is still a significant gap between the percentages of Caucasian students that attend a post-secondary institution in contrast to Latino and African American students. Sources of D . . .
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    Horger, Jinne
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. The focus emerged from the teacher/researcher . . .
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    Gallagher, Bridget Anne
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Masters of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows pathway I: Artist as Educator developing knowledge and skills in a particul . . .
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    Devine, Megan Elizebeth
    This project was co-created by Kari Butler and Megan Devine. Kari Butler wrote chapter 2, while Megan Devine wrote chapter 1, 3, and 4. Both authors worked together to create the website. The authors created activities and lessons together and as indi . . .
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    Miguel, Ashley
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. This project follows Pathway III: Developing a Curriculum, Program, or Performance Rela . . .
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    Berry, Carla
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. This Project follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance rela . . .
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    Raga, Justine Mae
    As we move into the 21st century, students need more exposure to newer technologies and ways of learning. These interactions are necessary for students’ success in their futures. Collaboration is one of the key components in a tool like the Wiki, wher . . .
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    White, Stephanie Marie
    Student leadership is a high school elective course. There is not a designated resource for instruction and curriculum to teach leadership at Del Oro High School in Loomis, California. There are many different resources for new or current activities d . . .
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    Brunston, Kristen G.
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. This researcher utilized Pathway II, narrative research, to develop her teaching artistry. The research documented her efforts to inco . . .
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    Gerould, Kimberly H.M.
    The lack of preparation and training provided to new multiage teachers can be a large disadvantage of a multitage program. Integrated and multilevel curriculum for multiage programs is non-existent and instruction particularly in the areas of math and . . .
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    Olmstead, Erica A.
    Overweight and obesity is on the rise with elementary school-aged children in the United States today. Studies show that children are influenced in their eating habits not only from their families, friends, and school environment, but also from the me . . .
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    Nosal, Jane Lucy Derderian
    The ecology curriculum is part of the California content standards for the ninth grade Integrated Science 1 course. Current textbooks used in this course have detailed descriptions of ecology concepts, but are deficient in hands-on activities. The lit . . .
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    Farrell, Kristin D.
    Students live in a world that is filled with science but they are not connected to it. They spend most of their time indoors and lack opportunities to explore and make connections to the natural world. As a science teacher I am always surprised when m . . .
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    Morris, William J.
    The aim of this project is to develop a one-size-fits-all behavior intervention and management training program that will convert well into application while fostering feelings of self-efficacy and confidence in the recipient. Such a program requires . . .
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    Riordan, Mary Tone
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. Pre-service teachers are preparing to enter a . . .
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    Blake, Brooke
    This project addresses the problem of the challenges that teenagers, their parents, and their teachers face during the adolescent years. Adolescents’ brains are fully developed in the emotional center but not in the frontal lobe, the seat of critical . . .
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    Policar, Rebecca
    Students live in a world where they are surrounded by math but they are not aware of it nor are they aware of how it is connected to them. The Mandala Project will integrate geometry skills with a variety of skills necessary to be a productive member . . .
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    Bauer, Julie Corrine
    The purpose of this study is to investigate the outcomes of creative story writing of third grade students when a drawing activity is used prior to writing. Sources of Data The teacher researcher used both quantitative and qualitative measures to anal . . .
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    de Mille, Susan
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. The purpose of this project was to develop the author' . . .
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    Lowrie, Natasha Elise
    The purpose of this study is to investigate whether sixth grade students would develop a greater understanding and a more positive attitude toward science by using and creating models and diagrams of plate tectonic features and topographic maps. Sourc . . .
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    Gast, Bryan
    The classic European model of education sees students as containers waiting to be filled. The problem with this model is that it promotes a Eurocentric memorize and recall style of learning. As a result, students assume a small and inactive role in th . . .
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    Wright, Donald Hartley
    The general problem forming the basis of this project was the challenge of incorporating the community and students in the creation of a ceramic tile mural. Schools in general have a diverse student body. Creating a mural together involved learning to . . .
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    Stevens, Amanda Nicole
    This Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Arts in Education follows Pathway III: Teacher Researcher. The project was designed as a way for the author to better her teachin . . .
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    Bennett, Elena Claudine
    Throughout history, music has powerfully influenced social justice movements and attitudes in every corner of the world. But the human race continues to struggle today with prejudice and unfairness manifested in many forms, around the globe, and music . . .
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    Enstall, Karrie Lorraine
    This project is a culminating experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Arts Education. It creates a curriculum to present jazz, blues, and improvisation to fifth grade students. The author researched . . .
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    Xiong, PaDee
    The problem is a majority of teachers are not creating effective learning centers in classrooms. The purpose of the project is to create a guide for teachers on how to start and use learning centers effectively in a classroom. It is clear that social . . .
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    Heine, Allison
    The service-learning project documented in this study researched the benefits of arts in education, effective strategies for instructing English language learners (ELL), and successful service-learning methods in an effort to give educators and prospe . . .
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    Costales, Christine Terese
    This project was designed to create a dance performance which focused on research based choreography while portraying the historical, cultural and emotional significance of color. Various activities were used in order to help dancers gain a greater se . . .
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    Phillips, David Ray
    This project is an alternative culminating experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Researcher. This project addresses the importance of in . . .
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    Townsend, Michelle Virginia
    The general problem forming the basis of this project was the challenge of incorporating technology in the creation of a mixed media public mural. Schools in America today include a diverse student body. Creating a mural together involved learning to . . .
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    Bell Wolfe, Jennifer
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as educator developing knowledge and skills in a particula . . .
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    Allard, Sarah Lynn
    A unit to teach basic agricultural education to third grade students was piloted to evaluate effectiveness. The first topic of this unit, which is an introduction to agriculture, was piloted and evaluated in a third grade class. Revisions were made to . . .
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    Clarke, Caitlin Noel
    This project is a Culminating Experience for a Masters of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Arts in Education. The project follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance related to arts education . . .
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    Davila, Janelle Catherine
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway V: Art Educator as Advocate. The problem addressed in this project w . . .
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    Asbury, Shauna
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis in Arts in Education. It follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum project related to Arts Education. The . . .
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    Hosier, Reina
    This project is an alternative culminating experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway V: Art Educator as Advocate and Leader Promoting Arts Confident Teac . . .
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    Crago-Schneider, Benjamin
    This project is a collaborative project between Benjamin Crago-Schneider and Julie Pepper. The work for this project was shared equally by the two authors. This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Masters of Art in Education: Curric . . .
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    Plocher, Lynn
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Masters of Art in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an elective emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway 1: Artist as Educator, developing knowledge and skills in a particul . . .
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    Johnson, Linda Clark
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. This project examines the question, "Where do . . .
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    Morales-Scott, Kristi
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis in Arts in Education. This Project follows Pathway V: Art Educator as Advocate and Leader. The researcher established a . . .
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    Weil, Jean
    My project is an Alternative Culmination Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator, which develops knowledge and skills in a particular area . . .
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    Siebeneicher-Oliver, Samantha
    Storytelling is a form of art and its benefits in the educational setting abound. They include: verbal, auditory, oral skills development, increased creativity, community building, increased attention span and comprehension, and empowerment of childre . . .
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    Markwick, Daryl Anne
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway I: Artist as Educator. This project examines the questions, "What ca . . .
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    Jansen, Susan Feldman
    This project is a Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows pathway I: the artist as educator developing knowledge and skills in a particular area of . . .
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    Wirsch, Pamela G.
    The purpose of this project was to design, pilot, and evaluate a place-based nature journaling unit for high school students utilizing the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA). The objectives were to increase understanding of and appreciation for a loc . . .
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    Ray, Jennifer Helene
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway 1: Artist as Educator. The author of this project examined her own c . . .
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    Copeland, Kathryn A.
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway II: The art of teaching art. The culminating experience for this pro . . .
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    Shaw, Susan Esther
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Arts in Education. This project follows Pathway 1: Artist as Educator developing knowledge and skills in a particul . . .
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    Firman, Caroline Jane
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway V: Art Educator as Advocate and Leader Promoting Arts Confident Teac . . .
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    Frenes, Ana-Maria
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis in Arts in Education. It follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance related to art . . .
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    Jones, Melissa Gail
    The purpose of this project was to create a team building curriculum guide for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. This project provides teachers with a series of 72 sequential team building activities for grades 7 through 12. . . .
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    Franzella, Shonna L.
    This paper examines the methods for presenting appropriate, meaningful professional development to beginning teachers. Research supports the following key elements of effective professional development: a focus on content and pedagogy, practical and t . . .
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    Fanchar, Brent Thomas
    This project addressed the lack of training for teachers who use Promethean Boards in their classrooms. Although many school districts have professional development programs, often there is little to no follow up training for new technologies in the c . . .
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    Teske, Erin R.
    Mathematics proficiency is an important aspect of education of for today’s youth. In order to be successful in today’s society students need to have more developed math skills. Currently, students in the United States are not keeping up with students . . .
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    Glover, Sharon Luann
    This project was an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It followed Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance related to a . . .
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    Hoffmann, Mary Jo
    This Project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum Development and Instruction with an Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway III: Developing a curriculum, project, program, or performance re . . .
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    Matchette, Marcia Kae Karstetter
    Students in classrooms of today are required to meet academic performance through lecture provided by the teacher by way of district and state mandated materials. The learning style of the individual student may vary yet direct instruction is a norm w . . .
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    Fujitsubo, Laura Hollis
    This project is an alternative culminating experience for a Masters of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway III: developing a curriculum project related to arts in education. T . . .
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    Godinez, Sonya M.
    The project was an alternative culminating experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on the Arts in Education in the Department of Teacher Education. The project followed Pathway 5: Art educator . . .
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    LaFlamme, Caroline
    This project was an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It followed Pathway I: Artist as Educator. The purpose of Learning to do Art With a Ca . . .
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    Sordahl, Shannon
    Statement of Problem Literacy research indicates that there is a need and benefit for parental involvement at home as a way to enhance a child’s academic achievement. Schools and teachers play an important role in promoting literacy, but the family is . . .
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    Harris, Kendra
    Medical Technologists are the essential staff of the nation’s medical laboratories. These laboratories exist in hospitals, clinics and a wide variety of medical facilities. The diagnostic and monitoring tests, a diverse range of more than 4000 perform . . .
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    Lindstrom, Lorna Jane
    The purpose of this Culminating Experience Project was to incorporate the use of movement-based activities into the standards based classroom. Real education can’t be “given” to children but rather it must be “grasped” by them. Children like to sing, . . .
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    Luther, Amanda Marie
    This project was created in order to simplify and condense current community-building activities in hopes that teachers will use those lessons in their classroom. Currently, there are several community building books and activity packets that are acce . . .
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    Loell, Stacey Anne
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. It follows Pathway II: The art of teaching art. The author documented her personal jour . . .
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    Ball, Lynn Jubencio
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. The project follows pathway III: Project Creation. The project is about fostering schoo . . .
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    Moore, Jennifer E.
    The state of California expects English Learners to learn academic content and oral academic English at the same time and mandates that all students be taught in English. This unit was created to meet the needs of first grade teachers who do not have . . .
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    Tanaleon, Charity M.
    Current mathematical instructional practices remain unchanged, allowing educational practices and curriculum to remain shallow, undemanding and diffuse in content coverage (National Research Council, 2001). The standardized math curriculums are basal . . .
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    Larson, Edward Bennett
    Students lack motivation to write. One strategy that can be incorporated to motivate students to write is to use Drama strategies. Drama strategies infused into the English classroom foster enthusiasm for the written word. The researchers in a combina . . .
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    Burner, Sarah Leann
    I designed this project based on my experiences and knowledge in working in elementary schools, and I have created a curriculum guide that is focused on California first grade classrooms. My curriculum guide offers strategies to implement multicultura . . .
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    Runner, Tierra J.
    This project, a handbook, was designed to incorporate all current research in order to assist instructors in implementing a writing workshop during non-school hours for grades third through sixth. Once used, it is going to provide an opportunity for s . . .
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    Shatara, Crystal L.
    The purpose of this project was to recognize the need for professional development for preschool educators, while introducing the California Preschool Learning Foundations. This project describes what we know about Piagetian theory, recognizes the Reg . . .
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    Leu, Trisha A.
    A balanced curriculum in elementary schools has been a topic of controversy for many decades. The standards-based reform movement evolved out of this controversy. Standards-based reform was designed to measure students’ academic achievement by mandati . . .
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    Carroll, Kathleen Reyes
    As students move to the upper elementary grades, there is a need to make language arts lessons more interesting and engaging. Instead of solely using the scripted curriculum, which involves mostly seatwork, students should be provided opportunities to . . .
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    Lyman, John Stephen-Andrew
    The disappearance of the arts from the elementary classroom is an increasing problem in today’s public school system. The increasing demand for higher test scores has put a strain on the public school classroom. This project was designed in an effort . . .
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    Hermon, Janeen Beth
    Despite local and state mandates requiring teachers to focus heavily on Language Arts and Mathematics content and standards, many educators are still looking for creative ways to engage and motivate students during this often extended period of instru . . .
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    Eller, Courtney Harrison
    No Child Left Behind Act has led to high stakes testing and a one size fits all curriculum. Many teachers only focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic and even though they know, there are many other ways to learn. It is important for teachers to emp . . .
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    Vang, Chao
    The current History/Social Science Framework currently used by social studies educators in today's classroom is substantially out of date as it was written in 1986. The primary authors of this document were European American senior scholars working wi . . .
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    Witter, Heidi Gwen
    Current research establishes that there is a significant gap in writing achievement for boys at the fourth through eighth grade levels as compared to girls of the same grade levels. The State of California requires fourth and seventh grade students ta . . .
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    Micco, Kendall Lynn
    While working at Charter School X, an independent study school, I found that the majority of 11th grade U.S. History students read at a seventh and eighth grade level. Students had difficulty with comprehension, engagement, and retention of the textbo . . .
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    Solda, Patricia
    Many students eligible for free and reduced lunch are receiving their primary source of nutrition from meals they are served at school, it is vital that they are given the tools they need in order to make wise choices when it comes to their nutritiona . . .
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    Mitchell, Sunny S.
    Students in an undergraduate theatre department are hoping to find work in the theatre profession upon graduation. Their reasonable expectation is that the theatre department will prepare them for rigors of the professional stage. Many students, howev . . .
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    Huang, Helen
    The purpose of this project is to bring multiculturalism into the classroom to help students create a better understanding of other cultures as well as their own. Multicultural education is especially needed today as schools are becoming more diverse. . . .
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    McCarthy-Linn, Shannon
    While working at Rancho Cordova Elementary school as an intervention teacher, I found the curriculum provided did not engage students in the learning process. The intervention group was for fifth-grade students below grade level. By adding supplementa . . .
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    Kumar, Manpreet K.
    This project addressed the problem of creating Character Education curriculum for K-Six which enables educators to implement Character Education lessons in their classrooms in an effective and engaging manner. The literature revealed a variety of stra . . .
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    Gager, Timothy Christopher Stirling
    When compared to other developed nations around the world, science education in America is consistently rated as insufficient. If the citizens of America are to remain competitive in the world economy, focus on learning scientific skills needs to be a . . .
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    Kokayi, Tyehimba
    This project is an Alternative Culminating Experience for a Masters of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an Elective Emphasis on Arts in Education. This project follows pathway III: Developing a curriculum, program, or performance rel . . .
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    Wilson, Cinnamon Olivia
    African American males make up less than 10% ofthe public school enrollments, yet they are failing at alarming rates. Ifeducators are not equipped with the resources to promote success amongst African American male students, the achievement gap will i . . .
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    Masters, Dimitri
    A sixth-grade science curriculum was developed for the California State Content standards 6.0 a-g, concerning the geologic processes responsible for the movement and features of the earth, all using dance integration as the primary teaching strategy. . . .
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    Escobedo, Janice
    Even after 13 years of education in the United States K-12 system, many adult students struggle to comprehend and retain basic mathematics skills. While many people associate math with negativity and uselessness, mathematics skills remain essential fo . . .
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    Gaines, M. Hortencia
    This study was set in a rural school with high levels of poverty, migrant families, and immigrants from other countries, with an environment and paradigm that often inhibit the ability of students to successfully engage in the learning situation of a . . .