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Acronyms Unpacked: A Quick Guide to Support Better Parent-Teacher Communication
Friday, July 20, 2018
Acronyms Unpacked: A Quick Guide to Support Better Parent-Teacher Communication

Acronyms! They are everywhere in education. IDEA, FAPE, FERPA—the list goes on. While acronyms may be essential shorthand for busy teachers and administrators, they can become roadblocks when it comes to forming clear lines of communication between parents and teachers. In light of the fact that sharing ideas, information, and...

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Take Your EL Classroom Outside! How to Use Gardening to Facilitate Conversation
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Using Gardening to Facilitate Conversation

There are several strands that feed into successful language acquisition for an English Learner (EL), as students must master skills such as vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax. Blended learning with language-learning software allows students to learn these skills at their own pace with targeted instruction as needed. Another important component...

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Meeting Dyslexia Head-On: Strategies for Success
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Meeting Dyslexia Head-On: Strategies for Success

Learning to read can be hard. For children with dyslexia, it can be especially hard. In a 2017 interview with American Public Media reporter Emily Hanford, neuroscientist Guinevere Eden argued that “reading is not a natural skill,” as our brains were designed to recognize objects—such as an animal loping toward us...

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In the Classroom: Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)
Monday, July 9, 2018
Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)

How long can you stay focused? According to researchers, nobody is immune to the occasional daydream. In fact, many of us know all too well how difficult it can be to rein in our imaginations and pay attention to the task at hand. It may come as a surprise that...

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Turning College- and Career-Readiness from Dream to Reality
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Turning College- and Career-Readiness from Dream to Reality

Getting all students “college- and career-ready” is the centerpiece for much of today’s education policy. Going back until at least the beginning of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education has taken the lead on this by calling on all K-12 schools to measurably prepare students to succeed after...

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Asset Model: A Fresh Approach to Working with Low-Income Students
Friday, June 29, 2018
Asset Model: A Fresh Approach to Working with Low-Income Students

Fifty-one percent of all public-school students in the United States qualify for free and reduced lunch, according to federal income guidelines. This eye-popping statistic was highlighted in a report by the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation, which pulled together data from the National Center for Education Statistics and mapped it out to...

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Tackling the Literacy Needs of Younger Adolescents
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Tackling the Literacy Needs of Younger Adolescents

Improving literacy rates among adolescent students is a growing area of focus in education, and rightfully so. Statistics from the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress test (NAEP) given in 2017 revealed that just 36 percent of fourth-graders who took the reading test scored “at or above” the proficient...

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How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills

In an article in the February 2017 issue of the Educational Leadership journal, California teacher and author Kelly Gallagher made a straightforward declaration: “Wide swaths of students are not developing their writing skills.” Gallagher, who works with high school students, based this conclusion on workshop sessions he has held with...

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Educational Organizations That Are Preparing Lower-Income Students for College
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Educational Organizations That Prepare Lower-Income Students for College

According to the 2016 High School Benchmarks Report by the National Student Clearinghouse, which surveyed more than 5 million graduates, students from low-income families were far less likely to enroll in college immediately after graduation and complete a degree within four years compared to their peers from higher-income backgrounds. In...

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Get Loud! 5 Fun Activities to Encourage the Comprehension Connection
Friday, June 15, 2018
Get Loud to Encourage the Comprehension Connection

For many literacy educators, student engagement is measured by what we see, not what we hear. After all, students are primarily learning reading and writing skills, so if they are busy processing and analyzing the text, the classroom should be quiet—right? Not at all. In fact, encouraging student discussion can...

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