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How Teaching Communication Adapts to the Future: From Cursive to Keyboarding, And Beyond

William Woods EDU

As “digital natives” progress through the educational system, schools are adapting the communications skills they teach. Once upon a time, cursive writing instruction was an essential part of primary school education. Now, young learners are entering school familiar with using keyboards on mobile devices. This has many wondering about the future of handwriting in the […]

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May 25th, 2021

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STEM Education: Should Computer Science be Required in K-12 Education?

William Woods EDU

Expectations are that nearly every K-12 student in the U.S. will be taking computer science classes in the next decade. School systems across the country are revamping their existing learning models to prepare students for this future. As computer science becomes a foundational element in the education of youth, educators are examining the goals of […]

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May 21st, 2021

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The Importance of Building Media Literacy Skills

William Woods EDU

Media literacy education teaches students to critically evaluate and create media messages. It is important for the health and well-being of youth and their future participation in civic and economic life. Teachers are significant in helping students understand the differences in media outlets, the messages they receive, and the ethical methods for producing their own […]

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March 25th, 2021

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Williams Woods University Offers More Graduate Education Options

William Woods EDU

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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October 16th, 2020

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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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January 15th, 2020

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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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December 20th, 2019

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The challenge of continuous school improvement

William Woods EDU

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which took full effect in the 2017-2018 school year, largely lessened the federal government’s role in education policy allowing states more control over everything from testing to how to deal with low-performing schools. One of the key elements of the law includes a mandate for states to identify lowest-performing […]

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September 30th, 2019

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How student-centered learning is making a difference in education

William Woods EDU

Student-centered learning is a term used to describe a variety of teaching methods that shift the focus of instruction from teacher to student. According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), student-centered learning “moves students from passive receivers of information to active participants in their own discovery process.” What might this look like? […]

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February 13th, 2019

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Lightening the principal’s load: creating more opportunity for improved curriculum

William Woods EDU

As principal of a large, or even smaller school, you may find yourself feeling like you don’t have enough hands or eyes to possibly handle and monitor every situation. As the go-to person, you are constantly putting out fires, answering questions, responding to requests, and enforcing protocol. But where does that leave time for observing […]

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July 19th, 2017

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Useful tips for how to bring the Maker Movement into your classroom

William Woods EDU

In a previous Look Into Education blog, we discussed the Maker Movement and how it is beginning to be utilized more and more in education curriculum. More than just technical knowledge, making creates room for creativity and ingenuity, and teaches students valuable skills like problem-solving, perseverance, and resourcefulness. The question for education majors preparing to […]

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June 19th, 2017

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