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May 24, 2017

Reading and the Mind: An Interview With Daniel Willingham

The cognitive psychologist's new book "is meant to leave the teacher with a useful cartoon model of what's happening in the mind when a skilled reader reads."

May 12, 2017

High-Stakes Poetry Competition Brings Students to the Stage

Welcome to the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, where 53 high school students recited poems—classical, modern, long, and short—and competed for $20,000 in prize money.

April 25, 2017

In Elementary School Science, What's at Stake When We Call an 'Argument' an 'Opinion'?

A researcher argues there's a fundamental mismatch between how the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards think about arguments, and that that mismatch has real negative consequences for teachers and students.

April 19, 2017

Students Entering 1st Grade With Better Reading Skills Than Previously, Study Says

Struggling readers in particular have made steep gains on basic reading skills, according to a 12-year study.

April 18, 2017

K-2 Common-Core Reading Materials Get a Look From Curriculum Review Site

This is's first review of reading materials for students in grades K-2, including one open educational resource.

March 27, 2017

How Are Teachers Using EngageNY's Reading and Math Materials?

About one in three teachers nationally are using the free online materials, but which teachers are these and how are they using them?

March 23, 2017

In California, More Ways to Vet Reading and Math Materials

A new effort from the folks at seeks to help California districts whittle down their curriculum choices.

March 16, 2017

A Call to Abandon Whole-Class Novels

A recent blog post revives the debate over whether teachers should assign all students in a class to read the same book.

March 10, 2017

Article on 'Rock Star' Librarians Inflames Teachers, Children's Lit Community

A recent Wall Street Journal piece about school librarians and children's literature received backlash online for featuring only white males in their 30s.

March 02, 2017

Website Rates Reading and Math Programs Based on ESSA Criteria

A new website geared toward school administrators rates instructional programs for K-12 reading and math based on the effectiveness criteria laid out in the new federal education law.

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