Curriculum and Instruction

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Students line a busy intersection and overpass protesting against a Jefferson County, Colo., school board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history.
—Brennan Linsley/AP

Amid Backlash, Colo. Board Rethinks U.S. History Review

A Jefferson County school board proposal to ensure that U.S. history courses promote citizenship and patriotism and downplay civil disobedience led to weeks of student protests in the suburban Denver district. (October 3, 2014)

Spotlight on Aligning Curriculum and Technology

This Spotlight explores how districts are using technology to improve student learning, introducing games into classrooms, and using multimedia resources across the subject areas.

Spotlight on Algebra

As more American students are being encouraged to take introductory algebra in 8th grade, efforts to support algebra instruction are examined.

Spotlight on Creating Readers

This Spotlight focuses on tools used to improve students' reading skills, and achieving full literacy.

Spotlight on Math Instruction

This Spotlight focuses on math instruction and how educators are adapting their teaching, integrating new technologies, and preparing for the common core.

Spotlight on Reading Instruction

This Spotlight focuses on research on what works in teaching reading and successful tools and tactics already at work in classrooms.

Spotlight on STEM in Schools

This Spotlight takes a closer look at innovative approaches to STEM teaching and learning in American schools.

Curriculum Matters Blog

11/21 05:10 pm | Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy | Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education have been sanctioned for use next school year.

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Transforming Curricula Through Multimedia Tools
Discussion about how to incorporate multimedia tools into the core subject areas of science, math, social studies, and language arts curricula appropriately, effectively, and seamlessly.

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New research suggests that word problems might be easier to grasp and more beneficial at the beginning, rather than the end, of a math lesson.
November 19, 2014 - Education Week
As proponents of STEM and STEAM face off, Anne Jolly asks what the role of the arts should be in a STEM curriculum and looks at some options for integrating the two disciplines.
November 18, 2014 - Teacher
ESL teacher Maura Henry doesn't hate tests—in fact, they help her do her job well. The problem isn't with testing in general, she says, but with bad tests.
November 12, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
The Federal Communications Commission, weighing new rules, received a flood of responses from educators and educational technology companies urging the agency to preserve the open Internet for schools.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Longer-term certificates and associate degrees yield more of a wage boost than the short-term, occupational certificates that students earn at community colleges.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Standards-based education and student creativity may seem mutually exclusive, but Anthony Colucci argues that teachers can still manage to "C.R.E.A.T.E." in the classroom.
November 11, 2014 - Teacher
Under the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, fractions instruction extends across grades 3 through 6. See the fraction standards, shown here by grade.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
The common core's emphasis on fractions as points on a number line offers a window into the framework's divergence from past conventions.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
The common standards for math put a heavy emphasis on coherent instruction, prompting many districts to find ways to familiarize teachers with standards for grade levels beyond their own.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week

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