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Understanding ESSA: What does Evidence-Based Really Mean?
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Understanding ESSA: What does Evidence-Based Really Mean?

One clear shift in thinking between the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, is this: The ESSA prompts schools to use evidence-based interventions with students, particularly if those students qualify for Title 1 funding (intended to provide extra support to students living in...

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Full-Day Kindergarten: Pros, Cons, and State Requirements
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Full-Day Kindergarten: Pros, Cons, and State Requirements

Once an optional, preschool-like addition to elementary school programs, kindergarten has come a long way. For years, most kindergarten classes offered a half-day introduction to life in school, with plenty of time for free play, snacks, and even naps. Today, however, parents have a hard time finding anything other than...

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4 Emerging Trends in Educational Technology for 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
4 Emerging Trends in Educational Technology for 2018

Each year, it is exciting to take a look at the emerging trends in education and speculate on how edtech will continue to impact student learning in the future. Across the country, students often arrive at school armed with their own devices and proceed to create simulations and track experiments...

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Understanding the MTSS Problem-Solving Process: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Understanding the MTSS Problem-Solving Process

The terms MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports) and RTI (Response to Intervention) are often used interchangeably among educators, but the truth is these two frameworks are NOT one in the same. MTSS is a set of evidence-based practices implemented across a system to meet the needs of all learners (Kansas...

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5 Fun Literacy Games That Double As Informal Assessments
Thursday, May 3, 2018
5 Fun Literacy Games That Double As Informal Assessments

Educators are always on the lookout for quick ways to check student comprehension. After all, no teacher wants to get to the end of a unit only to find out that students have been struggling all along. Periodic, low-stakes, informal assessments allow educators to see whether students need more review...

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Now I Know My BPDs: 6 Strategies for Reversible Letters
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Now I Know My bpd's”: 6 Strategies for Reversible Letters

If you’ve worked with students who are beginning to read and write, you’ve likely found yourself explaining the difference between b, d, and p. Why are these letters so often confused? Not only do b, d, and p have similar names and shapes, they also sound alike. Making the distinction...

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Not So Quiet Anymore: The New Role of Libraries
Friday, April 27, 2018
Not So Quiet Anymore: The New Role of Libraries

Once, libraries were the main—and sometimes the only—repository for information. With today’s technology, however, an abundance of digital information is available anywhere there is an internet connection. Faced with this movement toward more universally accessible information, libraries must make the shift from being perceived as places that only house books...

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Partnering with Students to Reduce Assessment Stress
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Partnering with Students To Reduce Assessment Stress

Assessments are a hot topic in today’s data-driven education culture. Even veteran educators are learning new and different ways to assess their students, compile data, and use that information to guide their teaching. However, as educators, administrators, and policymakers put their heads together to create more efficient and effective testing...

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How to Boost Adolescent Literacy: Tap into Student Interest
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Boosting Adolescent Literacy By Tapping Student Interest

Many students today lack essential literacy skills. Indeed, a panel of education experts gathered by the group All About Adolescent Literacy noted that many students—especially those in high-poverty schools—reach high school with underdeveloped reading skills. These students can often read words, but lack the ability to adequately comprehend more advanced,...

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Beyond Student Council: Seeing Students as Leaders
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Beyond Student Council: Seeing Students as Leaders

In a stirring display of teamwork, leadership, and democracy in action, a group of young people from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota secured $12 million in federal funds to build a new high school on their reservation. Their tenacity in making the dream of Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School into...

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