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How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

Provided by: Discovery Education

If the goal of K-12 education is to help every student meet rigorous learning expectations, the classroom experience should support each child’s learning process, not just the normative middle. In our research-based white paper, we make the case for differentiated instruction and personalized learning, demonstrating how these are helping narrow opportunity gaps in education. Read the full article to learn three accepted principles, grounded in brain research, for creating equitable opportunities for learning.

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2019 K-12 Digital Content Report - Ebook trends in schools

Provided by: OverDrive

The 2019 K-12 Digital Content Report, cosponsored by ASCD and OverDrive Education, provides a comprehensive look at educators’ use of and attitudes toward digital content. And one thing is certain: Usage is growing. Data was collected from 2,000 K-12 administrators to give you complete perspective on budgeting, subject areas, devices, planning, prioritization and much more. Discover how ebooks and audiobooks are being used and viewed today and where they’re heading in the future.

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3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Provided by: Carolina Biological

The new science standards require that students not only understand science concepts, but that they also build skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management as they engage in science and engineering practices. Three-dimensional learning and assessment expect students to ask questions, plan investigations, and analyze data to develop the higher-order thinking skills needed to transfer what they have learned to new situations.

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Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Provided by: The Education Week Research Center & Newsela

It is not always easy to teach students about topics like climate change, LGBTQ issues, politics and race. Subjects like these can be complicated and divisive even as they lead to critically important results like polishing students’ critical thinking skills or preparing young people to make informed decisions at the polls. In order to address these complicated topics, teachers need the support of top-notch instructional materials that are standards-aligned, accurate, and fair. In the summer of 2019, the Education Week Research Center, in partnership with Newsela, set out to explore these questions with a nationally-representative online survey of more than 1,000 teachers, principals, and district leaders. This whitepaper highlights survey findings and provides valuable insight into these resources.

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Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Provided by: Carolina Biological

Spanish is the most common language spoken by English language learners. This whitepaper will help you to understand the benefits of choosing a curriculum program encompassing high-quality science instructional material and resources in both English and Spanish.

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Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Provided by: New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center (NTC) has become a leader in professional learning. Today, our evidence-based mentoring and coaching program models support leadership to design sustainable school- and district-based systems of support for teachers at all stages of their careers. With growing empirical evidence of effectiveness, coaching has been adopted as an instructional improvement approach. And, the pervasiveness of “initiative fatigue” in districts as a reality, in addition to necessary focus on “what” teachers are teaching, job-embedded coaching not only has the potential to ensure teachers receive relevant, instructionally-aligned support, but it also serves as a critical lever to ensure “the how” is addressed with coherence and focus.

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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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Dyslexia: How to Identify Warning Signs at Every Grade

Provided by: Lexia Learning

If Henry had a dime for every time his teacher asked him to try harder, he’d be a rich kid! Henry is trying hard, but he struggles with dyslexia. Unfortunately, students like Henry who continuously struggle and don’t receive the appropriate supports have a higher likelihood of dropping out compared to their peers. Read the new whitepaper by Dr. Pamela Hook to learn how to recognize the warning signs of dyslexia at different grade levels, and how to provide effective interventions so that students like Henry can become successful readers and motivated learners.

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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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Student Engagement with the Smart Use of Technology

Provided by: itslearning

How the right technology supports pedagogy, personalizes learning, and keeps students engaged. Using an enterprise-level LMS, school districts can effectively address low student engagement while also offering a personalized learning environment and supporting pedagogy.

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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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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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New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

Provided by: Bridge International Academies

Even in the most challenging places every teacher can be stronger with the right support. Teachers at the front line of education in Africa and Asia are telling their own stories of success. See how they are learning new teaching techniques to inspire young children and turning their classrooms into springboards for success. Listen to teachers talking about their passion: great teaching that changes lives and how they have become better teachers.

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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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