Instructional Time

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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
8 min read
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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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Metaphorical concept of a clock with an overexaggerated big hand that three diverse students are sitting on with digital devices and books.
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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
9 min read
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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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Kelly Mack works on her laptop to teach remotely from her early 1940s vintage camper/trailer in her backyard at home in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 2, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. Mack teaches math at Nichols Middle School in Evanston.
Kelly Mack, a math teacher at Nichols Middle School in Evanston, Ill., works on her laptop to teach remotely from her camper/trailer.
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Student Achievement New Data on the Ways Full-Time Remote Learners Lost Out
A new report by the RAND Corp. shows that students who were in fully remote schools had less instructional time and worse outcomes.
Madeline Will, May 27, 2021
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Teaching & Learning What the Research Says How Much Real Learning Time Are Students Losing During the Pandemic?
Students have gotten less direct instruction during the pandemic, finds a new study, and home learning activities aren't making up the gap.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 2, 2021
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Teaching Opinion How Unexpected Interruptions Hurt Student Learning
Intrusions curb the flow of even the most well-planned lessons. It's time schools rethink the procedures that undermine student engagement.
Sara Gartland, June 6, 2018
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Adam Pisoni is the Founder & CEO of Abl Schools. Based in San Francisco, he co-founded the communication software company Yammer in 2008, which Microsoft bought for $1.2 billion in 2012.
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Teaching Opinion A Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Takes on the Master Schedule
A school’s master schedule can take months to build and can contribute to education inequities. Adam Pisoni wants to change all of that.
Liana Loewus, January 10, 2018
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Beware the Four-Day School-Week Trap: Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions.
School & District Management Opinion Beware the Four-Day School-Week Trap
Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions.
Paul Hill, July 14, 2017
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