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July 07, 2014

NEA Delegates Talk Common-Core Math

Members of the teachers' union generally said they like the common standards, but lack resources and are scared about what testing will bring.

June 04, 2014

Purchases of Instructional Materials Declined in First Quarter of 2014

The instructional-materials market rose 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, raising hopes that the recession-battered business might be bouncing back. But sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down again.

June 03, 2014

Publishing Leader Rallies Industry to Help Shape Common-Core Market

The president of the Association of American Publishers sees the uncertainty of common-core implementation as an opportunity for instructional-materials designers to improve their support of teacher and students.

May 02, 2014

Explaining Engineering to Young Students

It's far from a universally held idea that teachers should spend time explaining what engineering is to kindergartners and 1st graders.

April 21, 2014

Reactions to the 'Common Core' Math Problem That Went Viral

A few weeks ago, a father posted a page from his son's supposed common-core math assignment on Facebook, claiming that despite his own degree in engineering, he could not solve the problem.

April 18, 2014

Bringing Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) to the Classroom

Columbian writer—and arguably one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century—Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at age 87.

April 09, 2014

Math Teacher Talk: 'How Do You Like Common Core?'

An overheard conversation on the way to an annual conference for math teachers highlights some timely and very thorny issues around the Common Core State Standards.

March 13, 2014

Louisiana Posts Curriculum Reviews to Help Teachers, Influence Marketplace

A year and a half after rejecting every reading and math program that vendors offered Louisiana, Superintendent John White announces a suite of curriculum materials and guidance to help teachers evaluate publishers' offerings.

March 05, 2014

Stalled: Kansas Bid to Prosecute Teachers Who Show Students 'Harmful Material'

A bill that would facilitate the prosecution of school personnel for displaying material deemed "harmful" to students has stalled in the Kansas legislature.

February 26, 2014

'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

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