In the Classroom

Details, Please! Exploring the Benefits of Mastery-Based Learning
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Details, Please! Exploring the Benefits of Mastery-Based Learning

Mastery-based learning is a growing area of interest for many educators. A 2019 post on the Hechinger Report website documents both the challenge and the potential associated with this approach to learning, which seeks to assess students’ knowledge and skill levels as they move through various concepts and tasks. Written...

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Is Universal Design for Learning the Path to Success for All?
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Is Universal Design for Learning the Path to Success for All?

Universal design is a concept first articulated by Ronald Mace, who worked as a North Carolina architect at a time when conventional building design was being challenged by a growing awareness of the rights and needs of people with disabilities. In 1989, Mace founded the Center for Universal Design at...

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Mirrors and Doors: The Value of Choosing Diverse Books for Students
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mirrors and Doors: The Value of Choosing Diverse Books

The title of a post from the curriculum and teacher resource site Teaching Tolerance does not beat around the bush: “We Still Need Diverse Books.” Written by third-grade teacher Noelle Walters, the post tackles the enduring, stubbornly relevant topic of the need to make classroom literature choices that are both...

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Helpful Tips for Welcoming Immigrant Families to School
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Group of kinds facing the caera in school classroom

According to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, the number of immigrant families in the United States has been rising steadily since a quota program that restricted immigration was altered in the 1960s. From that point on, millions of people from around the world migrated to America, and today,...

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Discussion and Debate Bring Many Benefits, Researchers Say
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Discussion and Debate Bring Many Benefits, Researchers Say

Engaging in classroom-based debates and discussions can help boost reading comprehension, according to research spearheaded by Harvard University professor Catherine Snow. In 2010, the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), which operates under the umbrella of the National Academy of Sciences, won a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences that...

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Work-Based Learning: A New Frontier for Schools?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Work-Based Learning: A New Frontier for Schools?

Work-based learning is everywhere these days as an emerging, sought-after component of a 21st-century education. Indeed, a simple internet search for the term yields myriad news citations, with policymakers and politicians often calling for more work-related and work-based learning experiences for students—especially high schoolers. 

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Want to Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Embrace the Flock Approach
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Want to Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Embrace the Flock Approach

There has been much discussion in recent years about the need to find and hold on to high-quality teachers using a combination of recruitment efforts and the development of what are often called “teacher talent pipelines.” The talent pipeline model typically focuses on how to best train new teacher candidates,...

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The Importance of Raising Expectations for Students with Special Education Needs
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Importance of Raising Expectations for Students with Special Education Needs

In a pointed, highly personal open letter addressed to unnamed “school administrators, school board attorneys and the educators who cannot see past my daughter’s disability,” Jennifer Ryan brought to light a question with which many parents wrestle: how to help their children with special education needs get an appropriately challenging...

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Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?

The term "executive function" is popular in education and psychology, but you may be thinking, “Why does my child need to learn executive skills in kindergarten?” Executive function skills are actually essential for self-regulating behavior that governs a child’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, such as brushing your teeth, remembering...

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