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November 02, 2009

Literacy Is an Obsession at an Alabama High School

Literacy instruction "pops up on every corridor" at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala., writes my colleague Catherine Gewertz in an article published at this week.

October 22, 2009

Two Administrations, Two Approaches to Curriculum?

Former IES chief Russ Whitehurst says the Bush and Obama administrations have two different approaches to curriculum.

October 20, 2009

Obama Keeps Track of What His Daughters Are Reading

President Obama keeps tab of what his daughters are reading, according to report by a pool reporter on the president's visit to a Maryland elementary school yesterday.

October 14, 2009

Evaluation: PBS T.V. Programs Work in Teaching Literacy to Preschoolers

A large-scale evaluation of the U.S. Department of Educations Ready to Learn initiative found that preschoolers taught with a literacy curriculum that included video clips from PBS shows made significant gains in literacy skills, such as naming letters and knowing the sounds associated with those letters.

October 12, 2009

'Striving Readers' Evaluation: Read 180 Shows Effect at One Site

An evaluation of Striving Readers, the federal government's first reading program to focus on adolescents, shows a positive effect on student achievement at one of the sites that implemented Read 180.

October 12, 2009

Learning English, and Math

"School newcomer centers," which train English-language-learners, are placing an increasing emphasis on academic content, such as algebra, a survey finds.

September 29, 2009

Standards Off-Base on Reading 'Comprehension,' Scholar Argues

Reading comprehension is not a "skill," or single strategy that can be taught directly, but is instead rooted in prior knowledge that allows students to create understanding as they read, argues Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia.

September 21, 2009

Common State Standards, Part II (Updated)

New "Common Core" standards are out for public comment.

September 16, 2009

Common Core Critiques '21st Century Skills' (and the Partnership Responds)

The organization Common Core, which calls for giving students strong grounding across academic disciplines, has organized an open letter critiquing the program put forward by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and calling for the group to revise its goals. That letter is signed by some big na...

September 16, 2009

Engineering Education: The (Online) Literary Guide

A new digital magazine offers a resource to teachers and students on engineering.

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