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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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February 25th, 2021

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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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February 18th, 2021

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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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February 11th, 2021

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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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May 15th, 2020

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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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January 21st, 2020

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Making literacy programs work

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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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December 30th, 2019

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The pressure of education innovation and its challenges

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The Education Week Research Center recently conducted a national online survey among teachers, principals and district leaders to learn more about their views on innovation. Innovation has often been associated with wide-scale adaptation of technology-enabled learning. However, innovation in education refers to a much larger phenomenon that can be described as the introduction of new […]

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June 24th, 2019

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Education trends: The double standard of bilingualism

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The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district or county office of education to recognize students who have reached proficiency in two or more languages by the time they graduate from high school. The idea has been around for more than 10 years, developed by Californians Together, a statewide education […]

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June 19th, 2019

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What you can see at the National Teachers Hall of Fame

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A four-hour drive from Fulton, Missouri, the National Teachers Hall of Fame might be a place to visit before summer’s end. Aspiring teachers, including bachelors in education students at William Woods University, can encounter interesting school artifacts, teacher resources and stories about some of the nation’s top educators. Known as Teacher Town USA, Emporia, Kansas […]

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October 13th, 2017

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Teachers’ point of view: An inside look at a teaching career

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An ongoing project by Scholastic Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation known as Primary Sources, gathers opinions of thousands of teachers across the U.S. as a way of informing policymakers, the media and public on the ground realties faced by educators. While the goal of the project is to ensure that teachers’ voices […]

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October 9th, 2017

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