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July 16, 2012

ACLU Case Implicates Reliance on Classroom Tech

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...

May 18, 2012

Common Standards: Why the Grudge Against Stories?

As has been widely reported, the College Board named David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core standards, as its in-coming president this week. The news has brought renewed attention to a statement Coleman made during a 2011 speech to the effect that, out in the working world, you will rarely ...

April 27, 2012

Resource Watch: Get Up to Speed on the English/Language Arts Common Standards

Heads-up: If you are a reading or language arts or English teacher and you're getting apprehensive, or excited, about the Common Core standards—and you probably should be one or the other at this point—we have a couple of timely webinar opportunities for you next week. From Paper to Practi...

April 20, 2012

A Whole Literacy Lesson in Your Pocket

Haven't gotten around yet to celebrating National Poetry Month in your school or classroom? Feeling kind of guilty about it, aren't you? (I'm feeling kind of guilty that we haven't mentioned it till now.) Well, you still have next week, and here's a nice opportunity: Thurs., April 26, is National Po...

March 23, 2012

Feeding 'The Hunger Games' Frenzy

If you're working in a school right now, this is probably all you're hearing about today (I'm not working in a school and it's been a dominant topic of conversation in my social circles). The premier of "The Hunger Games." The Columbus Dispatch jumped on "The Hunger Games" hubbub to write about th...

March 16, 2012

Remembering What You Read: Print vs. Digital Books

According to Time.com, a few studies out there have found that readers may have an easier time remembering and digesting the material in a text when it's in print versus a digital format.

March 08, 2012

A Pedagogical Divide on Common Core in Reading

In an Education Week Commentary, Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, argues that the Common Core State Standards in language arts, with their emphasis on informational texts and building content knowledge, are

February 08, 2012

Assigning Reading Exercises, Literally

Ward Elementary School in Winston-Salem, N.C., has created a unique program to promote reading and exercise by having students do both at the same time, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

February 02, 2012

Should Kids Read 'Trash' in School?

In a lively podcast, Jeffrey Wilhelm, a professor of English Education at Boise State University, discusses the preliminary research behind his forthcoming book—the wonderfully titled Let Them Read Trash: The Power of Marginalized Texts to Promote Imagination, Satisfaction, and Social Action. W...

January 24, 2012

Changing Classroom Reading Instruction

At a gathering held by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, the panelists touched on teachers' practical instructional concerns as well as more general problems associated with school leadership, professional development, and curriculum.

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