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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 EdReports.org 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.

February 24, 2017

Common-Core Materials Continue to Vary in Quality, According to Textbook Review

The newest batch of K-12 textbook reviews from nonprofit EdReports.org has some bad news for at least one major publisher.

November 23, 2016

Poet Laureate Partners With Chicago Public School Teachers

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress, will meet with 9th grade English teachers in Chicago Public Schools to revamp poetry instruction.

October 14, 2016

E.D. Hirsch on Why Text Complexity Is a 'Myth' (Audio Interview)

In these audio clips, the author and retired professor discusses how background knowledge affects reading comprehension, why he thinks the common core's focus on reading complex texts is useless, and what education policymakers can learn from France.

October 10, 2016

Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing?

In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?

October 06, 2016

Teachers Review 'Promising' Digital Tools for English/Language Arts Instruction

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is publishing reviews, written by teachers, of free and low-cost digital tools that can supplement classroom curricula.

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