Curriculum and Instruction

The latest news about curriculum and instruction, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Phil Trout, a college counselor at Minnetonka High School in Minneapolis, talks with students about their college applications. He says that, while students often take Advanced Placement courses to bolster their applications, parents increasingly hope it will also save them money.
—Jenn Ackerman for Education Week

Colleges Vary on Credit for AP, IB, Dual Classes

When it comes to setting the bar on who gets credit for college-level work done in high school, postsecondary institutions are all over the map. (December 9, 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

03/26 05:00 pm | Heavier Homework Load Linked to Lower Math, Science Performance, Study Says | The optimal amount of homework for 13-year-old students is about an hour a day, a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Educational Psychology suggests.

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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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Third-party entities are showing educators and businesses how to work together to shape new, more relevant career and technical education programs.
March 25, 2015 - Education Week
New CTE programs pose a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer partnerships with businesses.
March 25, 2015 - Education Week
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Handle frustrations and challenges by approaching classroom management as a mystery—complicated and constantly changing—rather than as a straightforward puzzle, advises teacher Larry Ferlazzo.
March 24, 2015 - Teacher
The common standards have had positive and negative results for teacher Ariel Sacks, who says that the key to realizing their potential is teacher input.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
While the standards offer depth, they are not well supported by school instructional policies, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
Sometimes the common core seems like a blank projection screen for what people want to see, says teacher Peter Greene.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
In this special Commentary package, five educators discuss the realities of common-core implementation from the frontlines, highlighting both challenges and opportunities.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
When students are motivated by star charts and glitter pencils instead of a love of knowledge, writes Justin Minkel, they stop paying attention to what they're supposed to be learning.
March 23, 2015 - Teacher
As more and more education discussions focus on STEM, English teacher Jess Burnquist reflects on the continued importance of literature and creativity in schools.
March 18, 2015 - Teacher

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