Evidence-Based Practice

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Reading & Literacy Opinion How to Make the Science of Reading Work for Teachers
One state took a different path with good initial results, writes a state chief academic officer.
Lisa Coons, March 21, 2023
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Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Reading Intervention
This Spotlight will help you improve reading instruction, guide students to apply background knowledge to new texts, and more.
March 1, 2023
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Reading & Literacy The 'Science of Reading' Will Be a Big Topic at SXSW EDU. Get Prepped With 3 Things to Know
Why states are passing new legislation, and what it means for classrooms.
Sarah Schwartz, February 28, 2023
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Reading & Literacy Opinion The Heavy Cost of Ignoring the Science of Reading for Teachers and Students
In the reading wars, teachers are struggling, and students are the collateral damage, writes an educator.
Elise Lovejoy, December 15, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on the Science of Reading in 2022
This Spotlight will help you understand new state laws on evidence-based instruction, the difficulties of teaching reading, and more.
March 9, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Data More States Are Making the 'Science of Reading' a Policy Priority
Four states have passed laws requiring evidence-based instruction, and at least 18 are directing COVID relief funds to early reading.
Sarah Schwartz, October 13, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Popular Literacy Materials Get 'Science of Reading' Overhaul. But Will Teaching Change?
Lucy Calkins and Jennifer Serravallo are among those releasing updates that move away from unproven techniques like three-cueing.
Sarah Schwartz, October 13, 2021
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Teaching Opinion No, the Evidence Does Not Support Racial 'Affinity Spaces' in Schools
Supporters routinely assert that there’s evidence to justify affinity spaces, despite a startling lack of research actually supporting them.
Rick Hess, September 1, 2021
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Budget & Finance Opinion Three Tips for Spending COVID-19 Funds in Evidence-Based Ways
If COVID-19 funds targeted for evidence-based practices are going to deliver, it's crucial to be clear on what evidence is actually helpful.
Rick Hess, July 21, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion What Does It Mean to Call a Program 'Evidence-Based' Anyway?
States and school districts need to help educators weigh the research on programs. Too often it stops at a single positive study.
Fiona Hollands, Yuan Chang & Venita Holmes, June 9, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Why Evidence-Backed Programs Might Fall Short in Your School (And What To Do About It)
How close a program's implementation matches its plan is important, though perhaps not quite as important as you think, writes researcher Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, May 25, 2021
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Teaching Opinion What Education Researchers Can Learn From Teachers
Four educators discuss how researchers can make sure they are not asking the "wrong questions."
Larry Ferlazzo, May 24, 2021
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