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Literacy Gap Alert: How to Help Students of Color Reach Their Full Potential
Thursday, January 17, 2019
A 2018 blog post on Room 241—a website associated with the education department at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon—took on a hot topic: the literacy crisis in the United States. According to the Room 241 blog, this is not a new phenomenon, yet its “impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our society are far-reaching and expanding.” For evidence, the blog offered some sobering statistics, including this example from the National Bureau of Economic Research: “Children whose parents have low literacy

A 2018 post on Room 241—a website associated with the education department at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon—took on a hot topic: the literacy crisis in the United States. According to the Room 241 blog, this is not a new phenomenon, yet its “impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our...

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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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Vocational Training: Career and Technical Education Takes Center Stage
Friday, January 11, 2019
Vocational Training: Career and Technical Education Takes Center Stage

After years of programming reductions, the call to bring vocational training back to schools has recently grown louder. For example, a 2018 National Public Radio report garnered a lot of attention, thanks not only to its compelling headline—"High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty While High School Grads Line Up For University"—but...

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School Administrators: Key Players in Your Literacy Program
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
School Administrators: Key Players in Your Literacy Program

School administrators are an important component of how well schools and districts function. Although the research base for this assertion is still fairly new, anyone who has worked in or sent their children to a school would likely be quick to agree that the quality of school leadership makes a...

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5 Ways Edtech Helps Educators Target Early Reading Skills
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
5 Ways Edtech Helps Educators Target Early Reading Skills

You may have heard that third grade is a key time for shifting from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” That’s because it's the major transitional point at which information in academic textbooks used in school often becomes more complex than everyday conversational speech. Students who are reading proficiently...

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Could a DNA Test Help Students with Dyslexia? Researchers Want to Know
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Could a DNA Test Help Students with Dyslexia? Researchers Want to Know

A 2018 post on the online education news site Education Week recently posed an intriguing question: “What if a DNA test could show how to teach a student with dyslexia?” This is a theory currently being tested in New Haven, Connecticut, in conjunction with Yale University and its robust research...

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Community Involvement 101: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Community Involvement 101: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Research shows that one of the most important predictors of school success and high school graduation occurs early in a student’s life: A 2013 research update from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirmed that reading proficiency by the end of third grade is critical to a student’s future academic success....

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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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