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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.

May 05, 2017

Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading, Study Says

Encouraging kindergartners' attempts to spell unknown words on their own can help them become better readers, according to a recent study.

February 22, 2017

The Hamburger Method for Essay Writing

In this Education Week video, a 4th grader describes an approach to essay writing used in many elementary classrooms across the country in which the image of a hamburger serves as a graphic organizer.

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?

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.

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 17, 2016

Louisiana to Require Teaching Cursive All the Way Through 12th Grade

Starting in 2017, students in Louisiana schools will learn cursive writing in 3rd grade—and they'll keep getting instruction on it through graduation.

May 24, 2016

A Look at 4th and 5th Grade Students' Digital Literacy Skills

A survey of how 4th and 5th grade students read online finds that girls significantly outperform boys with digital skills such as searching for and communicating information.

March 15, 2016

'Hamilton' Cast Meets With Students at White House to Talk History, Arts

Cast members of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton visited the White House to meet with local students and tout a new educational program.

March 14, 2016

National Writing Project Shown to Benefit Teachers, Students

The results of a two-year study on the National Writing Project, a teacher professional-development program that's lost federal funding in recent years, show that it had a positive impact on both teachers and students.

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