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Chrissy Shackelford, a member of the Story Pirates, punches the air during the group's July 2015 performance at Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, Va.
—Jared Soares for Education Week

Story Pirates Theater Troupe Takes Up Common Core in Expanded Repertoire

Can an educational sketch-theater group known for teaching kids the art of storytelling thrive in the age of the Common Core State Standards and rigorous accountability expectations? (July 22, 2015)

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May 12, 2015 - Education Week
As library resources dwindle, philanthropists and policymakers could give e-book sharing a big boost, write David H. Rothman and Jim Duncan.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
New research calls into question the widespread practice of retaining students in 3rd grade based on their reading proficiency.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction, particularly in light of the waning influence of the federal Reading First program.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
Under the common core, teachers use new questioning techniques to help the youngest students learn to draw evidence from what they read.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
Under the common core, teachers are building students' vocabulary skills by teaching words in context, rather than through word lists.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
Fifteen years after the National Reading Panel identified it as a pillar of reading instruction, fluency remains a neglected and somewhat misunderstood skill, according to experts.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A seminal study on the early word gap between the children of high school dropouts and those of college graduates has led to more nuanced findings about language development.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week

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