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June 30, 2015

Close Reading: A Conversation, Not an 'Interrogation'

In this Q&A, the authors of a new book discuss what good close reading looks like in classrooms, and why teachers shouldn't be afraid of it.

June 22, 2015

Nonfiction Reading: Not Just for English Class

Students are expected to read more nonfiction under the common-core standards--but language arts teachers shouldn't be the only ones responsible for it.

June 17, 2015

Building Lifelong Readers: Do Reward Systems Help?

Developmental psychologist Daniel Willingham says teachers should drop the reading reward systems and simply give students time in class for pleasure reading.

June 09, 2015

Kent Williamson, Head of English Teachers' Group for 15 Years, Dies at 57

The former executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English died June 7 after a long illness.

May 28, 2015

Literacy Expert: Weak Readers Lack Fluency, Not Critical Thinking

Students who are far from reading on grade level should not be expected to meet the higher expectations of the Common Core State Standards in a year or two, said literacy expert David Liben.

May 14, 2015

Reading Fluency: Why Is It So Hard to Teach?

The leap from decoding to fluent reading for many students is huge.

April 30, 2015

Obama Announces Effort to Bring Free E-Books to Low-Income Children

Today at a library in southeast Washington, President Barack Obama announced that major book publishers have committed to making 10,000 e-books, worth a total of about $250 million, freely available to students.

April 28, 2015

How Much Reading Should We Expect of Kindergartners? A Look at the Standards

The Common Core State Standards require students to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding" by the end of kindergarten. How different is that from previous standards?

April 07, 2015

Educator Resource: Spotlight on Math Instruction

Just a heads-up to readers that Ed Week is offering a package of articles about math instruction, several of which focus on the Common Core State Standards for math, for free until April 15.

March 31, 2015

NAEP Scores Show Little Progress in Students' Grasp of Vocabulary

Students in 4th, 8th and 12th grade show an interesting mix of strength and weakness in their ability to choose the right meaning of vocabulary words in context.

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