Instructional Time

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Student Well-Being What’s Really Holding Schools Back From Implementing SEL?
Principals see their schools as places that promote students' social-emotional growth.
Arianna Prothero, April 16, 2024
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Mathematics Opinion Students' Math Outcomes Have Plummeted. Here's What to Do
Implementing a set of interconnected strategies can help students improve their mastery of math.
Tracy Fray-Oliver, January 2, 2024
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School & District Management What the Research Says What a Difference a Day Makes: How Schools Can Harness More Learning Time
Schools that are in session the longest provide five more weeks a year of learning time than those at the bottom of the scale.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 12, 2023
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Teaching Opinion Don't Waste Instructional Time at the Beginning of the Year
Use those first weeks to explicitly teach listening, speaking, and thinking skills that will help build relationships as well.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 31, 2023
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Student Achievement This School Bet on High-Dosage Tutoring. It’s Working
Here's how the school, which drew on student input to shape its program, solved thorny issues like class size and scheduling.
Denisa R. Superville, June 12, 2023
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Social Studies Understanding the Sharp Drop in History and Civics NAEP Scores: 4 Things to Know
Knowing about these trends in social studies education helps put the new NAEP results in context.
Sarah Schwartz, May 4, 2023
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Social Studies When It Comes to Social Studies, Elementary Teachers Are on Their Own
Teachers get less PD in the subject than reading and math and often rely on a mash-up of different materials and curricula.
Madeline Will, March 7, 2023
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School & District Management What the Research Says 4 Studies to Know on 4-Day School Weeks
Recent studies raise questions about the usefulness of shortened school weeks.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 14, 2023
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School & District Management Opinion LAUSD Superintendent: These Are Our 4 Priorities Right Now
Is there hope for the future of public education in America? Yes, writes Los Angeles schools chief Alberto M. Carvalho.
Alberto Carvalho, December 9, 2022
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School & District Management The Learning Recovery Strategy Districts Are Overlooking
Adding more required time in the classroom remains an unpopular approach, despite evidence it can help catch kids up.
Caitlynn Peetz, November 2, 2022
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In a national survey of educators by the EdWeek Research Center last year, about 85 percent said one hour should be the maximum amount of time devoted to social-emotional learning per day.
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center How Much Time Should Schools Spend on Social-Emotional Learning?
District leaders and experts say what’s most important is integrating SEL skills into all academic subjects.
Lauraine Langreo, May 24, 2022
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School & District Management Why Schools See Extra Time as the Solution to Making Up for Lost Instruction
Districts are combating pandemic learning disruptions by adding instructional time. Atlanta is among the few to extend the school day.
Evie Blad, March 22, 2022
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Student Achievement Longer COVID-Related School Closures Could Hurt Students' Future Earnings
Students who experienced the longest school closures will face lower future earnings and are less likely to go to college, a new study says.
Olivia Rockeman and Nic Querolo, Bloomberg News, October 26, 2021
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Johnny Rivera discusses an algebra problem with classmates at iLEAD Academy in Carrollton, Ky.
Johnny Rivera discusses an algebra problem with classmates at iLEAD Academy in Carrollton, Ky.
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Mathematics What the Research Says Doubling Down on Algebra Can Pay Off in College, But Who Your Peers Are Matters, Too
A new study links taking extra-long algebra classes in early high school to a higher likelihood of earning a college degree years later.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 28, 2021
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