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What Happens When Test Takers Disengage?

Provided by: NWEA

Educators and researchers have long known that test takers are not always engaged—and that disengagement can threaten the validity of an assessment and negatively impact test scores. Using data from MAP® Growth™ assessments, this research illustrates the nature of rapid-guessing behavior and addresses how disengagement should be handled during scoring.

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Gender Equity in STEM Education

Provided by: Carolina Biological

Educators can have a powerful influence on girls in the classroom. Exposing students to women in professional STEM fields through curriculum resources and hands-on activities can break the gender stereotype and lead girls to become successful women in STEM careers. It is important for students to work together in groups and have various responsibilities when doing science investigations. This helps foster a sense of belonging for girls and reduces negative labels such as “girls aren’t good at math” or “boys are better at science”.

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It’s Not Too Late: Adolescent Success in Reading

Provided by: Voyager Sopris Learning

When many Syracuse City School District students experienced reading challenges after fifth grade, the district needed an effective, comprehensive literacy intervention. After enrolling 1,500 middle school students in a blended-literacy solution, reading scores skyrocketed within a year. Additionally, literacy professional development creates teachers’ reading knowledge they can infuse in instruction. Learn what helped this inspiring district rapidly improve student reading results.

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Finding & Implementing Quality Curriculum: What Matters Most

Provided by: Amplify & The Education Week Research Center

Educators care about instructional materials because students learn more when their classroom resources are high quality. Yet, until recently, teachers and administrators lacked credible, third-party information on the quality of instructional resources under consideration. Recently, the landscape has shifted as non-profit organizations and universities have launched tools designed to help educators evaluate instructional materials. This EdWeek Research Center survey found that educators who use the most popular source, EdReports, are highly satisfied with the tool, expressing confidence in its standards and evaluations. Educators are also very focused on two areas not captured by third-party review sites: student engagement with challenging content and support for high-quality implementation.

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What Four Divides Teach About Digital Equity, an Analysis

Provided by: Learning.com

Digital equity sets out to remove barriers to entry and participation by ensuring everyone has the technological capacity to participate in these online spaces. Still, what exactly is digital equity and how can educators support it in classrooms, schools, and districts? In order to unpack and better understand digital equity, this whitepaper analyzes digital equity through the lens of four specific digital divides, explores potential solutions to each, and offers example of how educators are already addressing these in their classroom.

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Teacher Moves That Promote Math Discourse eBook

Provided by: Curriculum Associates

Looking to build a classroom culture filled with mathematical discourse? Download our new eBook, Teacher Moves and Routines That Promote Math Discourse: What to Do When Students Have That “Deer-in-the-Headlights” Look, to learn practical tips for encouraging productive math talk among all students.

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Sora reading app connects Harlandale ISD & SAPL

Provided by: OverDrive

As coordinator for libraries and instructional materials at Harlandale ISD (TX), Lisa Kulka faces a common challenge: increasing the number of age-appropriate books available to students inside and outside the classroom. The solution? The Sora student reading app. Find out how Sora enables Harlandale students to access titles from not only the district’s digital collection but also ebooks and audiobooks from the San Antonio Public Library – essentially doubling their access to reading.

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The Science of Reading: The Why, What, & How of Effective Instruction

Provided by: Lexia Learning

The most effective approaches to reading instruction are based on the Science of Reading. The Science of Reading is not an opinion, nor is it a philosophical belief. The Science of Reading is evidence on reading acquisition and instruction conducted using gold-standard methodologies. Read this new white paper by Dr. Suzanne Carreker to learn why this evidence must be trusted to inform the why, what, and how of effective reading instruction—and how embracing this approach will help students of all abilities become proficient readers across the curriculum.

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Drive School Improvement with PLC at Work & HRS

Provided by: Marzano

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at Work® empower educators to work collaboratively to ensure high levels of learning. The Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS)™ framework helps schools focus on specific, research-based conditions for continuous school improvement. Both models, when implemented together, support each other and yield positive results for every learner. Download the free white paper >>

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Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Provided by: SAM Labs

Looking to integrate coding or computer science into your technology plan? It’s never been easier with our free ebook that features resources, worksheets and tips. Download our latest ebook dedicated to helping educators effortlessly build out a coding program at both a school and district level.

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5 Education Game-Changers Found in Digital Content

Provided by: Discovery Education

Digital learning has fundamentally changed teaching and learning. For the educator, digital resources ease the implementation of what is known as “best practice.” From differentiating instruction to creating culturally responsive learning environments to improving equity of opportunity, the benefits of digital learning environments are clearer than ever.

Here are some of the top game-changing elements exhibited by modern digital learning platforms.

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Make the 2020 Census Count for Your Students and School

Provided by: U.S. Census Bureau

It’s the year of the 2020 Census, when the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States, including every child. This decennial census provides a special opportunity for educators to teach their students about self-worth, civic engagement, and the value of data—and to promote a complete count that could benefit their schools and students for the next 10 years.

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Build a Culture of Literacy with Your Classroom Library

Provided by: Scholastic Education

The research is clear: Children become motivated capable readers when they are surrounded by wonderful books and are given time each day to read independently. Students in classrooms with libraries read 50–60% more than students who do not have the same access to books. Furthermore, additional time spent reading each day is linked to higher achievement scores. Effective classroom libraries are key foundations for building classroom communities steeped in literacy, and they foster independent reading.

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