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3 Ways to Address Literacy Needs Throughout a Student’s Journey Towards Graduation
Thursday, July 18, 2019
3 Ways to Address Literacy Needs Throughout a Student’s Journey Towards Graduation

While the effects of reading struggles are often far-reaching, there is an upside: Efforts to increase reading success have the potential to positively influence a student’s long-term trajectory. With this in mind, schools looking to have a broad impact on student outcomes can implement systematic and sustainable long-term practices, such...

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Examining the Link Between Poor Literacy Skills and Dropout
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Examining the Link Between Poor Literacy Skills and Dropout

More than 1 million students drop out of high school every year in the United States (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010), which equates to almost 7,000 students leaving school each day of a typical school year. These numbers are alarming to say the least, especially considering the positive impact of...

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Structured Literacy: How Results and Research Support This Approach
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Here’s a simple yet powerful point that bears repeating: “All teachers want their students to master the skills that will allow them to enjoy reading books and writing their own texts.” This line comes from a 2019 blog post by Dr. Deborah K. Reed, director of the Iowa Reading Research...

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Student-Led Literacy Support: Making Word Walls Work for All Students
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Student-Led Literacy Support: Making Word Walls Work for All Students

Thanks to inclement weather, elementary school teacher and college lecturer Justine Bruyere stumbled onto an innovative way to build her young students’ literacy skills. As Bruyere recalled in a recent piece for the online education site Edutopia, one of her second-grade students came to her for help with spelling during...

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Literacy-First: A Winning Strategy at One Elementary School
Monday, July 1, 2019
Literacy-First: A Winning Strategy at One Elementary School

How can a school help students make gains on annual math and reading tests while also ensuring the development of long-term, transferable academic skills? One answer, based on a model in use at Concourse Village Elementary School in New York City, is to adopt a collaborative, “literacy-first” approach to teaching...

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Helping More Students Access Challenging Texts
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Helping More Students Access Challenging Texts
Sheila Valencia—a language, literacy, and culture professor at the University of Washington, Seattle—is right. In a post for the teacher resource site Edutopia, Valencia made this point: “Many reports and research studies have documented the adolescent reading challenge—too many students are unable to learn and build new knowledge from the texts...
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Project-Based Teaching and Learning: Designed with Students in Mind
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Project-Based Teaching and Learning: Designed with Students in Mind

To the ears of many, project-based learning is just another education buzzword laden with promise but unclear in definition. These days, the phrase is often linked with the rise of personalized approaches to learning, as exemplified in a 2018 blog post by Mike Wolking, a progressive education advocate affiliated with...

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Twitter 101: The Home-School Connection
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Twitter 101: The Home-School Connection

Educational technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of classroom teaching. Students now use technology to do research, collaborate, and share their work, while educators turn to tech tools for assessment, tracking progress, and even their own professional development. Social media has proven useful for students and educators alike, giving both...

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Whole-Class Novel: To Read or Not to Read...Together
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Whole-Class Novel: To Read or Not to Read...Together

Ariel Sacks, a New York City-based English Language Arts teacher who works with middle school students in grades seven through nine, has a busy professional life. In addition to her "day job" in the classroom, Sacks is a published author who has written two books on teaching, maintains her own...

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