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Tools for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Sponsor: Vocabulary Spelling City
Posted: September 28, 2016

Studies consistently confirm that strong vocabulary is fundamental to reading fluency, comprehension, and all learning. While your school is teaching vocabulary, the challenge is word retention in a diverse, multi-level student group.

A special report, "Applying Best Practices For Effective Vocabulary Instruction," summarizes research and identifies how schools can implement a literacy program of proven word study techniques and engaging activities for vocabulary building and retention.

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Using Multiple Measures to Redefine Success

Sponsor: ASCD
Posted: September 15, 2016

Using multiple measures, instead of just test scores, to determine an education endeavor's success can lead to enhanced student performance, better decision making, and a more comprehensive view of school quality and student achievement. There's no single way to do multimetric evaluation right. Each state and local community must determine for itself the ideal outcomes for its students. This guide by renowned assessment expert W. James Popham offers educators, policymakers, and the public a step-by-step process for identifying and evaluating the criteria by which progress toward their unique goals can be measured.

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Seven Attributes of a High-Impact Literacy Curriculum Strategy

Sponsor: McGraw Hill
Posted: September 1, 2016

The pressure on PreK–12 educators and administrators to ensure equitable and effective access to a top-quality literacy curriculum, and improving student outcomes, has never been greater. High expectations for delivering student proficiency in reading, writing, and thinking are driving literacy and curriculum leaders to improve and augment their school and district literacy strategy and action plans. This eBook highlights seven literacy curriculum attributes that frame the focus on a comprehensive literacy reform initiative across the literacy strands—reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. These "7-Rs" contain attributes of an impactful literacy curriculum plan to empower teachers, boost literacy outcomes, and prepare students for college and careers.

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Maker Education: Effective Implementation

Sponsor: Sparkfun
Posted: September 1, 2016

Maker Education is reshaping the learning landscape, as students are given authentic opportunities to "learn by doing" through supplemental projects with "real world" relevance, as part of a makerspace within a school, or as part of a STEM/STEAM curriculum.

The open-ended creation of a product gives students a choice in the execution and shows them that mastery can be demonstrated in multiple ways, both inside and outside the classroom.

This paper discusses the value and ever-evolving nature of Maker Education, the obstacles to its integration in schools, and the keys to preparing and planning for its successful implementation for the benefit of both teachers and students.

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Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: September 1, 2016

The importance of engaging students in meaningful mathematical discussion has long been identified as an essential component of students’ mathematics learning. In this whitepaper, Dr. Gladis Kersaint outlines strategies that all educators can use to support mathematical discourse in their classrooms, including:

  • • Classroom environments that support mathematical dialogue
  • • Tools to plan and lead mathematical discourse
  • • Different approaches for communicating mathematical knowledge
  • • 100 questions that teachers can use to promote mathematical discourse

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Academic Language and its Connection to School Success

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: August 15, 2016

Across the country, educators and policymakers have begun to acknowledge the importance of academic language, as well as its notable absence from curriculum and assessment. This whitepaper focuses on the key elements of academic language, how academic language impacts reading comprehension, and how to incorporate academic language into instruction.

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The Definitive K-12 Guide to Formative Assessment

Sponsor: Mastery Connect
Posted: August 15, 2016

Whether you're already an avid fan of formative assessment or you're developing your formative assessment strategy for the first time, this online guide will provide you with real-world insights and tips from actual educators to help you fuel student growth.

The Definitive K-12 Guide to Formative Assessment will

  • • provide an overview of formative assessment and its benefits for students and teachers
  • • break down the difference between formative and summative assessment
  • • describe the three must-haves of meaningful formative assessments
  • • give you ideas to start using in your own classroom

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ESSA: An Opportunity for American Educators

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: August 15, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an opportunity for increased student achievement across the United States by allowing states a greater degree of freedom and control over public K-12 education. To take advantage of this opportunity, states must abandon the thinking that led to the failure of previous reforms such as No Child Left Behind and instead embrace a new mindset about the most promising strategies for improving schools. That new mindset must include supporting teacher collaboration, establishing clarity of purpose, providing ongoing feedback, creating conditions that allow educators to succeed, and sustaining improvement through the PLC process.

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Four Hallmarks of Digital Learning Success

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: August 1, 2016

To realize the full potential of technology, the shift to digital learning requires an intentional, well-developed plan for implementation that begins and ends with teaching and learning. How do you keep your classroom, school, or district on the path to student success? Download the white paper to find out!

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Scoring TELL

Sponsor: Pearson TELL
Posted: August 1, 2016

TELL quickly and accurately measure K-12 students' English language development. Because it requires productive as well as receptive language skills, TELL is able to calculate test scores on the basis of actual language use, not just knowledge about language, or ability to get correct answers on multiple choice questions. Scores give a detailed profile of student proficiency in English, identifying areas of both strength and weakness, as well as a summary overall proficiency level.

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Formative Assessment Toolkit

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: July 1, 2016

Learn how teachers can create a collaborative learning practice with their students. Increase metacognition and generate more student self-regulated learning. Improve algebraic thinking in early and middle grades. See an example of how embedded formative assessment impacted a school, and get links to free resources.

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: February 1, 2016

Many high-stakes decisions in education depend on student growth, value-added metrics and the resulting reports. But if educators and policymakers don’t understand how to interpret these reports, student growth and value-added metrics can’t deliver on their full potential to improve education systems. This paper explores the evolution of value-added reporting to a more comprehensive, accessible and intuitive tool for users – a reporting approach that gives context to growth measures and delivers helpful new insights for educators.

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