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December 16, 2014

Students Gained in Math, Not Reading in RAND Summer-Learning Study

Students attending a full-day, free, summer program run by their district showed significant gains in mathematics but not in reading, according to the first report from the first longitudinal study of five large, urban school districts.

December 11, 2014

State Early Literacy Policies and Changes to Watch for in 2015

Where do things stand now in terms of how many states have required reading assessments, interventions, and retention?

December 08, 2014

Where Early-Literacy Policies Stand in States, and What to Expect in 2015

One thing to watch out for next year is how many states approve policies that hold teachers as well as schools more directly accountable for student literacy.

November 21, 2014

R.A. Montgomery, Author of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books, Dies

Raymond Almiran Montgomery, the publisher-turned-author of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure book series, passed away Nov. 9; he was 79 years old.

November 20, 2014

Study Says That Texting Reading Tips to Parents Improves Students' Literacy Skills

Preschoolers whose parents received text messages offering reading tips showed literacy gains, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month.

November 12, 2014

Using Letters to Teach the Holidays (and History)

Teaching holidays can be an interruption from regular instruction, or they can be an opportunity for rich, common- core aligned discussions. Now that's something worth celebrating!

November 11, 2014

Seeking Big K-12 Plans From Governors for 2015? Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Delivers

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has presented a wide-ranging package of education initiatives that include a focus on early education, reading, and English-language learners.

November 03, 2014

Teacher: Adolescent Readers Shouldn't Be Sheltered From Literature

Colorado language arts teacher Alicia Urie defends her decision to teach The Outsiders, saying that good writing can make students cry, but they will be better for it.

October 12, 2014

Medical Providers Tie Early Literacy to Health Outcomes

Two medical groups have launched efforts to encourage parents to read, talk, and sing with their children as early as birth.

October 06, 2014

Common-Core Teaching: Balancing Grade-Level and 'Frustration-Level' Texts

Teachers and academic scholars are debating ways to interpret, and teach, the text-complexity expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

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