NWEA report highlights: COVID-19 impact on student learning

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A recent NWEA report Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth offers mixed results on how the pandemic and transition to online learning influenced student academic progress. Among the report’s key findings is that students in grades 3–8 performed similarly in reading to same-grade students in the year prior, […]

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The new administration and its influence on education policy

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As President Biden took office and became the 46th president, educators across the country are waiting to see how this change in leadership will influence education policy. While Biden’s presidential campaign promoted multiple education priorities from increasing pay for teachers to addressing some of the more systematic issues related to access, diversity and quality, the […]

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Working with parents to support literacy growth with remote instruction

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If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a lot of cooperation to raise a reader, especially in the age of remote instruction. Research on literacy has shown that family or parent involvement improves children’s literacy performance because it fosters positive feelings about reading and therefore encourages children to read. As […]

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Education Leaders and School Principals Learn Lessons from COVID-19

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Educating and protecting the well-being of students have always been priorities for school leaders. Now, principals and administrators must provide stability and learning opportunities for staff and students facing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools are adapting to newly adopted protocols and changes in education delivery. Teachers are accommodating students in both online […]

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Williams Woods University Offers More Graduate Education Options

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William Woods University has adapted their graduate degree programs in Education to give students more opportunities. The certification programs have undergone a name change and are now available online! Additionally, they carry broader certification: M.Ed. in Administration is now M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and offers K-12 principal certification. It is no longer necessary to choose […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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