Curriculum and Instruction

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

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Pluto Photos Give Teachers New Avenues for Space Lessons

Photos from NASA’s New Horizons space probe are helping Pluto make its way to center stage in and out of school. (August 3, 2015)

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

08/04 03:00 pm | New Program to Invest in Digital Tools for K-12 Science Instruction | NewSchools Ignite, a project launched by the NewSchools Venture Fund, would make awards to companies and nonprofits for amounts between $50,000 and $150,000.

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Literacy and English/Language Arts Webinars

These virtual broadcasts address boosting student proficiency in reading, writing, and literacy through different types of instruction, including instruction aligned to the common-core standards.

Math Webinars

These virtual broadcasts cover teaching and learning and include webinars on differentiated instruction and the common-core standards.

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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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June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Educators agree that social-emotional learning is important, but teachers and school leaders have different perceptions about how well students are faring.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Disagreements between the state's education chief and other officials could complicate work on academic standards, school finance, and other topics.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
The nation's largest school district, which enrolls 160,000 ELLs, remains under a state-imposed corrective-action plan to improve services for English-learners.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
This special collection of Commentaries reflects a range of perspectives on parents’ opting their children out of tests.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
English teacher Ryan Tahmaseb managed to get his favorite author on the class reading list and he and his students both learned a lesson about the power of an authentic narrative voice.
June 8, 2015 - Teacher (Web)
June 8, 2015 - Education Week
New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children.
June 5, 2015 - Education Week
Second-grade teacher Jessica Rosenthal says that, before teaching lessons and expecting a lot from students, educators need to instruct students in concentrating.
June 3, 2015 - Teacher
Some say the changes could complicate efforts around the country to put 8th graders in Algebra 1—a still-debated trend that's grown over the past two decades.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week

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