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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

10/17 06:12 pm | Attending Live Theater Improves Students' Vocabulary and Tolerance, Study Finds | Students who attended a live theater performance showed better knowledge of vocabulary words, more tolerance, and an improved ability to read others' emotions when compared to ...

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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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States should phase in use of common-core assessments for teacher evaluation, write Jane Leibbrand and Alice Seagren.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Jessica Keigan, Stephanie Pinkin, and Marcia Powell offer ways that teachers can share their classroom practices and teaching philosophies with students and parents.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
For students to become the most capable people they can be, K-12 education must be more than just about "learning," writes Marc Prensky.
May 5, 2014 - Education Week
An 8th grade social studies teacher, Kimberly Meller, shares her thoughts on the benefits of (and frustrations with) common standards.
April 29, 2014 - Education Week
Authors Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski argue that while students are required to fit into a restrictive school structure, schools do little to fit themselves to their students.
April 25, 2014 - Education Week
Students who want to work with their hands should not be subjected to a bias against technical education, writes Mike Rose.
April 25, 2014 - Education Week
Teacher Kimberly Long offers advice on how to prepare a classroom to handle an unforeseen teacher absence.
April 23, 2014 - Teacher
Teacher and writer Lydie Raschka says publishers and schools may be sending kids the wrong message about poetry.
April 22, 2014 - Teacher
Meeting each child where he or she is in early childhood and increasing out-of-school learning experiences are some of the ways to strengthen our weakened education system and drive K-12 results, writes Paul Reville.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

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