Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Classroom Reading Groups: 5 Lessons From Recent Studies
Reading groups can widen learning gaps if they're not used effectively.
Teaching What Teachers Want: 'Looping,' Grouping by Ability, and Digital Devices, Survey Says
Educators for Excellence asked 600 teachers about instruction during the school shutdowns, their perspectives on remote learning, and concerns for next school year.
Reading & Literacy Are Classroom Reading Groups the Best Way to Teach Reading? Maybe Not.
Recent studies raise some hard questions about the value of ability-based reading groups.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Ability Grouping: Better for Students or Easier for Schools?
I never worked harder in or out of the classroom than I did when preparing and presenting two lessons per class. Yet despite my diligence, ability grouping was ineffective, as reflected in students' actions and words: "You are too bogus Coach G. You know Group A is not that smart and Group B is smart, and you separate us so we look dumb. All of us should be in the same group to help each other out."
College & Workforce Readiness Career-Tech Linked to Graduation Boost—But Not Tracking
Contrary to public perceptions, students are not being tracked into CTE programs, concludes a study of Arkansas schools.
Education Opinion Ability Grouping or Mixed Grouping: A Point of Contention?
In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.
Classroom Technology Opinion Personalized Learning Isn't About Isolation
We must take care that ed-tech resources do not fracture classrooms into "tech-supported cubicles," writes venture capitalist Jennifer Carolan.
Education Opinion Why Ability Grouping Doesn't Work
With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.
School & District Management Opinion To Change Education, Change the Message
Laurene Powell Jobs' investment in model schools is not enough to alter the education landscape, writes Ron Wolk.
Equity & Diversity Classroom Biases Hinder Students' Learning
Subtle, everyday biases in the nation's classrooms pose major obstacles to academic success for low-income students and students of color.
Assessment Schools Seek to Diversify Gifted, Honors Classes
Gifted and honors classes are often dominated by white students from well-off families, but some districts are removing the barriers that keep out low-income students and students of color.
Federal District Uses Federal Aid to Fuel Multi-Tiered Instruction
The federal Investing in Innovation program was among the sources of grant funding for the Iredell-Statesville school system in North Carolina.
Teaching Explainer Differentiated Instruction: A Primer
Definitions vary for differentiated instruction, a popular approach for teaching children with a range of academic strengths and interests.
College & Workforce Readiness Plan to Refocus Md. College-Advising Program Raises Concerns
Should a growing college-access program for low-income students in Maryland focus on high achievers or struggling students?