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Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Provided by: Gale

According to the 2017 Nation's Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, almost two-thirds of 4th and 8th grade students are reading at a basic or below basic level. Too many continue to lag in reading proficiency due to a variety of factors, including lack of motivation to read, weaknesses in vocabulary and decoding skills, learning differences, disabilities, or visual acuity issues. Download the results from a nationwide Project Tomorrow® study on the efficacy of using large print books as a tool to support student reading development. Its findings are sure to provide school and district leaders, as well as classroom educators, with new insights into a literacy intervention tool that works.

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Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Provided by: Stenhouse

A growing body of research is shedding new light on reading processes and the reading brain. However, the scientific/research and the educational/teaching worlds have remained stubbornly separate and disconnected from one another. Here we present three vital lessons from the research community that can help teachers provide more effective reading instruction. These lessons tell us much about the importance of brain words—representations stored in the brain for word meaning, sound, and spelling—and how we can help students develop them.

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3 Unique Learner Profiles for Emerging Bilinguals

Provided by: Lexia Learning

English learners have diverse instructional needs that are based on each student’s level of oral language proficiency and literacy foundation. In order to accelerate literacy development to be on par with their peers, these students require instructional support and scaffolding that is highly adaptive and personalized. Read this white paper to learn about 3 unique English learner profiles and the targeted strategies that help educators provide the right level of personalized literacy instruction for each student.

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Effective Questioning Practices to Spur Thinking

Provided by: Mentoring Minds

Mentoring Minds is happy to share a full chapter from Critical Thinking in the Classroom: A Practitioner’s Guide. In Chapter 7, you’ll find numerous questioning techniques that help teachers increase the level of critical thinking and student engagement in today’s classrooms. Changing expectations for questioning require teacher-facilitated discussions with increased student engagement, student-posed questions, high-level thinking questions, and open-ended questions. These questioning strategies provide teachers with tools to support students in becoming active, responsible learners.

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Empower Reading Teachers with Proven Literacy PD

Provided by: Voyager Sopris Learning

Find out how the most dedicated teachers may be missing prior coursework to prepare them for successfully teaching reading. Renowned literacy expert and author Dr. Louisa Moats dives deep into this topic in the popular webcast based on her engaging blog, Hard Words. Learn the latest research about reading and discover how LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development helps educators teach language and literacy skills to every student, even those who struggle.

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Effective K-12 Literacy Strategies to Prevent Dropout

Provided by: Lexia Learning

Achieving equity in education requires understanding the unique challenges and needs of individual students and providing them with the student-specific support they need. Often times, assessments will tell teachers who in their class is struggling, but they may not be able to identify exactly why. Read this whitepaper by Dr. Suzanne Carreker to learn about 3 strategies that can help answer these questions to improve teacher effectiveness and provide equitable instruction for all students.

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Increased Social Connectedness Through Digital Peer Learning

Provided by: Instructure

Social connectedness has proven benefits for students’ well-being and achievement of learning outcomes. For example, students working in collaborative learning environments score as well as or better than 75% of students in competitive and individualistic learning environments on exams. As more and more teachers begin to use online technology to enhance or even replace the face-to-face experience, they risk losing that sense of humanness. See how Canvas has made strides in connecting instructors to their students and create learning communities through technology.

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Digital Ecosystems Support Educational Equity

Provided by: itslearning

A primary benefit of integrating technology into the K-12 curriculum is that it facilitates data-driven decision making. Benefits of digital learning include increased student engagement, the ability to personalize learning, and intervention for struggling students. In addition, the ability to use a variety of resources, including digital materials and devices, to investigate, problem-solve, and think critically and creatively, helps students gain a foundation of skills and knowledge for 21st century success. Download this white paper and read how to manage curriculum while gaining actionable insights to drive instruction and improve student outcomes.

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Growth Matters 7 Key Criteria for Measuring Growth

Provided by: NWEA

We’ve been measuring growth for 40 years at NWEA, and have a large team of independent researchers dedicated to studying how to do it best. Our research has revealed seven essential criteria for a great growth assessment.

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Accelerate Student Writing Proficiency and Progress With Simple, Effective Feedback

Provided by: Texthelp

Only one third of K-12 students are writing at grade level and efforts to give students useful feedback on their progress suffer from a lack of consistent assessment. Download this whitepaper to learn how a trusted solution can simplify the grading process and help monitor students’ writing progress over time.

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Effective Social-Emotional Learning for the Next Generation of Leaders

Provided by: Visionaria

The challenges of tomorrow demand effective social-emotional learning today. Learn what it takes to build confident, empathetic, and capable leaders in the classroom and prepare them for the unprecedented challenges and opportunities that await.

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Using Technology to Keep K-12 Schools Safe

Provided by: i-Sight

This eBook explains how case management software can help you break down the information silos, eliminate blind spots and monitor risk district-wide. It shows how one solution for all schools and departments in a district makes sense financially and operationally and demonstrates the ROI of case management software.

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Making the Future: Creative Hands-On Learning with a Laser Cutter

Provided by: Dremel

This guide is designed to spark your imagination and give you an overview of the practicalities of using a laser cutter in the classroom. At Dremel, we want you to be able to add creativity and innovation to your classroom safely, so that you and your students can continue to operate on the edge of all possibilities.

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Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

Provided by: Solution Tree

There are numerous research-based programs and initiatives designed to improve teaching and learning. Many focus on improving teacher pedagogy, classroom curriculum, school assessment and grading practices, and site leadership. While these areas are certainly worth attention, in the end, schools cannot ensure the success of every student unless they can effectively intervene when students struggle. Research and evidence in our field is conclusive— response to intervention (RTI) is the best way to intervene.

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The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

Provided by: Solution Tree

Feedback is complicated. Strategies are not transferable to every context; nuance and contextual sensitivity matter most, since strategies can have a varying degree of success from classroom to classroom. This whitepaper identifies the key attributes of effective feedback to help educators to grow and to allow students to concentrate on what comes next so they continue to learn and improve.

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The EdTech Efficacy Handbook

Provided by: Dreambox

This handbook offers examples of independent efficacy studies and district use cases educators and district leaders should seek out and validate before investing in education technology, and shares best practices for evaluating those studies.

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Automated Communication: A Winning Strategy for Low Lunch Balances

Provided by: One Call Now

Deficient and overdrawn lunch accounts present a serious drain on time and budgets. Efforts to collect past due balances or keep account balances from falling behind cause major hassles for school administrators and staff and often alienate parents. Implement an automated messaging service to alert parents/guardians when balances are low. Save time and money on mailings and letters home, and ensure every child has money in their account for a healthy lunch.

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Inspiring Motivation for Special Needs Students

Provided by: Alvernia University

Over the years, special education teachers have developed some creative methods that can provide motivation for students with special needs. In this article, we’ll focus on the strategies geared toward students with learning disabilities, like focusing on their strengths, incorporating technology and creating reasonable expectations.

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4 Engaging Classroom Activities that Promote Student Participation

Provided by: Campbellsville University

Inspiring active learning can be done in many ways, but primarily it comes from encouraging students to work with their classmates in engaging classroom activities that allow them to ask questions, display their understanding of topics and learn from their classmates. In this environment, teachers can observe and quickly gauge areas where multiple students are struggling to understand a topic. Student participation activities can help both educators and students do their best.

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Building and Nurturing a Data Culture That Leads to Student Achievement

Provided by: Curriculum Associates

Using actionable data can help leaders and teachers make better decisions to reach every learner. But first, district leaders must create and foster a culture of data across schools and in classrooms.

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Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement

Provided by: Carnegie Corporation of New York

We know that when families are engaged in their children’s learning, students succeed. Yet educators often need support in helping families integrate into local school communities, where they can learn about the education practices and policies that impact their children. The challenge is figuring out the best methods for building these relationships. The philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York has created a free resource center with helpful information on family engagement, including research, a webinar, videos, and essays written by leaders in the field.

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