Spring 2012

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Vol. 5, Issue 2
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This issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook aims to highlight instructional efforts that, against difficult odds, are showing signs of success in bringing reading and writing to life for today's students.
A group of actors and improv comedians called the Story Pirates inspires kids to write creatively by giving them a purpose beyond class.
In an exclusive interview, the authors of The CAFE Book discuss their system for catering to students' individual reading needs.
The Literacy Collaborative's coaching-based program offers lessons on reading instruction and professional development design.
A new digital book-sharing service gives students with disabilities access to books in alternative content formats.
In his new book, teacher Kelly Gallagher says schools need to imbue writing instruction with real-world purpose.
A Bronx teacher transforms her struggling freshman writing class into a thriving workshop by turning to older students for help.
A language arts teacher uses a "whole novel" approach to give her students authentic literary experiences.
With all but five states having adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and language arts, education leaders are expecting to see a surge of online professional development resources to help guide teachers through the transition.
Education professors speaking at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English outlined the components of effective formative assessment.
A new study highlights best practices for formative assessment in writing.
A new study finds that skilled readers do not rely on sounds when reading but rather retrieve words purely from a "visual dictionary."
An statistical analysis by economists at Harvard and Columbia universities finds that having a high-quality teacher for even one year can have a measurable long-term impact on students' career outcomes.
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that students whose teachers hold master's degrees score higher on the NAEP math and reading exams than those whose teachers have only bachelor's degrees.
In a unique teacher-research project, four educators in Columbia, Mo., are attempting to explore the effectiveness of integrating literacy strategies into mathematics instruction.
Increasing meaningful collaboration among teachers should be a more integral part of school-improvement efforts, says one researcher.
Several online tools have gained recognition from language arts for helping them engage students in reading and writing.
Teachers ponder fate of the English language in the Facebook era.
The National Council of Teachers of English plans to create a new Web-based literacy center for educators of all disciplines.
The Poetry Foundation has developed curriculum materials for teaching African-American poetry.

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