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Evaluating EdTech: A Few Good Reasons You Need More Than One Good Study
Monday, September 16, 2019

In the digital age, purchasing decisions big and small tend to result from a great deal of research. After all, we spend hours researching potential new cars, upcoming vacations, and even places to eat this weekend, painstakingly scrutinizing reviews for hours until we feel we’ve garnered enough insight to make...

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Addressing Special Education: Rethinking Support for Students and Teachers
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Addressing Special Education: Rethinking Support for Students and Teachers

For students who have special education needs, the classroom can pose a considerable challenge, with undiagnosed or untreated learning disabilities often proving particularly troublesome. An article devoted to this topic in the Hechinger Report online education journal offered some alarming insights—for example, of the thousands of minors arrested each year,...

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Fact or Fiction? Debunking 5 Myths About Year-Round School
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Fact or Fiction? Debunking 5 Myths About Year-Round School

Taking an extended break from school during the long, hot months of summer has been an American tradition for generations. Across the United States, schools and communities plan around the summer break—which often lasts more than two months—with many parents and guardians saving their vacation days for special activities during...

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Lexile® Measures: A Parent’s Guide
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Lexile® Measures: A Parent’s Guide

Lexile® reading levels are an important tool for many teachers. In fact, MetaMetrics—the company behind the Lexile Framework for Reading—states on its website that “over 35 million U.S. students from all 50 states” are given a Lexile measure (or "score") each year, which they receive after taking a Lexile-linked reading...

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The Many Benefits of Using a Strengths-Based Approach with English Learners
Monday, August 26, 2019
The Many Benefits of Using a Strengths-Based Approach with English Learners

Rochester, Minnesota-based teacher Laura Lenz works with English Learners (ELs) at a center for students who are immigrants and refugees. In a blog post on the website Cult of Pedagogy, Lenz posited the following: Imagine a school where we focused on the strengths of English language learners. What if these...

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Rural Education: Resources Can Make the Difference
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Rural Education: Resources Can Make the Difference

The mention of rural America may conjure up nostalgic images of wide-open land, quiet farms, and charming—or desolate—small towns that time has forgotten. Among the millions of children who grow up in non-metro areas, many face a variety of challenges that include high rates of poverty and decreased access to...

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How to Identify and Address Early Warning Signs of Dyslexia at Every Grade Level
Friday, September 6, 2019

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is, “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is...

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Biliteracy Seals Offer Hope, Recognition for EL Students
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Biliteracy Seals Offer Hope, Recognition for EL Students

Millions of K–12 students in the United States are non-native English speakers or English learners (ELs), a status that has historically been seen as a deficit or problem requiring correction. Indeed, as teacher and linguist Kristen Lindahl wrote in a post for the TESOL blog, “While the overwhelming majority of teachers...

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Should Struggling Readers be Held Back? More and More States are Saying Yes
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The headline from a recent National Public Radio report made a stark declaration: “States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders.” Although the phrase “ratcheting up” may sound harsh, it seems well placed in this regard, given that the report addresses an ongoing, nettlesome issue in education—namely, what to do...

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