Curriculum and Instruction

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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

03/04 09:23 pm | Textbook-Navigation Tool Helps Teachers Locate Standards | Researcher William Schmidt has created a tool that helps teachers determine where exactly a particular standard is taught within a specific textbook.

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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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A new Consumer Reports-style review of instructional materials for K-8 math has found that 17 out of 20 series fail to fully align with the Common Core State Standards.
March 4, 2015 - Education Week
Testing can make a teacher's already-tough job even more stressful. Lori Branham and Julie Hiltz have some tips for holding it together when testing season comes around.
March 3, 2015 - Teacher
An award-winning, publicly funded digital learning game that asks middle school students to assume the role of a black slave in 1800s America is prompting debate about when and how to employ the power of interactive technology to teach about painful eras of history.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Policymakers in at least four states are pushing back on the revised framework for teaching AP U.S. history.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Teacher Jennifer Aponte reflects on the differences between her brother's life and her own and the ways schools have failed boys of color.
February 27, 2015 - Teacher
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law a measure requiring all public high schools to offer computer science courses, handing the first pen he used to the 12-year-old granddaughter he says inspired the initiative.
February 25, 2015 - AP
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Even some of the most ardent supporters of the standards say the ones developed for the upper grades have weaknesses and should be revisited.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Some have become training grounds for teachers or researchers, some share best practices, and many are now private schools.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week

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