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July 19, 2016

The Melania Trump Plagiarism Charge: A Teachable Moment?

A scenario familiar to many classroom teachers is playing out on a much bigger scale at the Republican National Convention.

July 08, 2016

Elie Wiesel's Memory Lives On in English Classrooms Through 'Night'

Wiesel, who died at age 87, wrote dozens of books, the first and perhaps most influential of which was Night, a Holocaust memoir that's taught in middle and high school classrooms around the world.

July 06, 2016

Should Teachers Still Be Using 'Just Right' Books?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the idea that students should mainly read texts at their "instructional level" simply isn't backed by research.

June 24, 2016

1 in 5 Teachers Unfamiliar With the Common-Core Standards for Writing

A recent survey finds that teachers say the common-core standards have led them to focus more on teaching writing than they have in the past, and yet they haven't gotten the proper training to do so.

June 10, 2016

Louisiana's Common-Core Replacement: What's Really New Here?

Louisiana legislators approved a new set of academic standards to replace the Common Core State Standards—but how much do the new standards really differ?

May 13, 2016

Teaching Reading Via Background Knowledge: Will ESSA Shift Tactics?

At a panel discussion in Washington, reading and policy experts came together to discuss how states can use their new flexibility under ESSA to begin to increase students' reading achievement.

May 04, 2016

New York City Aims to Place Reading Coaches in Every Elementary School

As part of a larger equity-focused agenda announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen FariƱa last fall, New York City public schools are working on a 10-year deadline to get all students reading proficiently by the end of 2nd grade.

April 19, 2016

The Search for Common-Core Curricula: Where Are Teachers Finding Materials?

In common-core states, nearly all math and language arts teachers are at least somewhat reliant on materials they've developed or selected themselves, according to a new nationally representative survey.

April 05, 2016

Podcasts for Kids: Overlooked Classroom Tool?

'Serial' launched something of a podcast revolution. So why are there still so few podcasts for kids?

April 04, 2016

Virginia Won't Require Teachers to Flag Materials With 'Sexually Explicit Content'

The governor vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the only state to require K-12 teachers to identify classroom materials with "sexually explicit content" so that parents could opt their children out of such reading.

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