The value of an advanced education degree for teachers: Salary and career advancement

William Woods EDU

The prevalence of advanced degrees among teachers and education professionals alike has grown over the last decade according to the research by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Some 58 percent of public school teachers had a graduate degree in the 2017-2018 school year – a 10 percent increase from 1999-2000. One factor contributing […]

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Athletic Administration amid the coronavirus: How college and professional league sports are faring

William Woods EDU

As coronavirus’ stay-at-home orders prompt most colleges and universities to close campuses, collegiate sports teams face much uncertainty in the upcoming months. Unlike university academics which have resumed through online courses, college sports have been brought to a halt due to social distancing restrictions that prohibit group gatherings. College football, a significant revenue generator for […]

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Teaching virtually: How teachers are coping with distance learning

William Woods EDU

As the coronavirus outbreak prompts a physical shutdown of many K-12 schools, teachers are grappling with taking their classrooms online for the very first time. The rapid shift to distance learning may be contributing to the declining morale among teachers and students. A recent Education Week survey finds that “76 percent of students and 66 […]

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Education evaluation tools and implementation of evidence-based practices

William Woods EDU

One of the key elements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which took into full effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is a mandate for states to develop and implement an evidence-based plan for improving lowest-performing schools. Evidence-based plan refers to leveraging specific practices that have demonstrated — through research — improved student outcomes. […]

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The science of reading: Understanding what works in early reading instruction

William Woods EDU

Today there is a wealth of information and scientific research on how children learn to read. The science of reading has informed effective, evidence-based practices for how children should be taught to read. Yet even with the knowledge of what works when it comes to early reading instruction, some 68 percent of fourth-graders read at […]

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How education leaders view innovation

William Woods EDU

According to a 2018 national survey on education innovation by the Education Week Research Center, roughly two-thirds of school principals and three-quarters of district administrators expect innovation to be a high or very high priority in the future. The motives that are driving education leaders to innovate vary depending on their specific role. For example, […]

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Curriculum reform: Can a higher-quality textbook alone improve student achievement?

William Woods EDU

According to a recent policy paper published by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, switching to a higher-quality math textbook did not improve student achievement across the six Common Core states that were studied. These findings refute the notion that curriculum alone — namely textbooks and supporting instruction materials — is enough […]

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Making literacy programs work

William Woods EDU

According to the 2019 Reading Report Card by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the average reading score has dropped since 2017. 65 percent of fourth- and eighth-grade students perform below the NAEP Proficient achievement level. The NAEP defines its proficient level as a “solid academic performance” where students “have demonstrated competency over challenging […]

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Gender diversity in education leadership

William Woods EDU

According to a recent policy paper published by the Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit network of state and district leaders that advocates for educational equity for all students, the vast majority of top-level, education leadership positions — namely district superintendents and state chiefs —are white men. While women make up three-quarters of all teachers as well […]

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Involving students with curriculum development

William Woods EDU

The idea of involving students with curriculum development is not new. Much has been written about the power of incorporating students’ interests into classroom instruction as a way to drive student motivation and deepen engagement. In some countries, the interest in validating student voices and incorporating student views into education has resulted in a wide […]

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