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Palmyra Middle School English teacher Bethany Cover, far right, leads 7th and 8th graders on a walk to conduct a bird census as part of a science camp this week on the Appalachian trail near Palmyra, Pa. Students write about their scientific observations for the project, which integrates science lessons across the curriculum.
Palmyra Middle School English teacher Bethany Cover, far right, leads 7th and 8th graders on a walk to conduct a bird census as part of a science camp this week on the Appalachian Trail near Palmyra, Pa. Teachers across the curriculum work on the camp, at a time experts say science instruction is getting squeezed by schools' math and reading focus.
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Science The Latest Science Scores Are Out. The News Isn't Good for Schools
At a time when the pandemic highlights the importance of science, student scores in that subject are either flat or declining on NAEP.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 25, 2021
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Student Achievement Opinion Learning Recovery: The Research on Tutoring, Extended School Year, and Other Strategies
Evidence points most strongly to the value of high-dose tutoring, but other approaches have merit too, writes researcher Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, April 28, 2021
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School & District Management Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table With Education Week: What Did We Learn About Schooling Models This Year?
After a year of living with the pandemic, what schooling models might we turn to as we look ahead to improve the student learning experience? Could year-round schooling be one of them? What about online
April 14, 2021
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School & District Management Districts Eye Summer and Beyond to Recoup Learning Losses. Here's What 3 Have on Tap
Longer school years, summer school, and after-school programs are among the strategies districts are using to get students back on track.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 11, 2021
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Student Achievement Opinion Want to Improve Learning Outcomes? Give Students More Time
An extended school year, multiage classrooms, and other strategies can address learning loss, says Penn Graduate School of Education dean.
Pam Grossman, March 11, 2021
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Student Achievement 3 Studies for District Leaders to Read as They Plan for Learning Recovery
How can districts plan for programs that help catch up students affected academically by the pandemic? These three studies provide clues.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 11, 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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Detroit high school junior Mohammad Muntakim has been pushing his school district to add the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr to the school calendar. One year, the holiday coincided with his final exams.
Detroit high school junior Mohammad Muntakim has been pushing his school district to add the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr to the school calendar. One year, the holiday coincided with his final exams.
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School & District Management Schools Reconsider the Calendar as Students Grow More Diverse
A growing number of schools are re-evaluating their policies on religious holidays in response to the changing demographics of their students.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 24, 2020
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Students study math in the classroom at Josephine Wascher Elementary in Lafayette, Ore. The McMinnville (Oregon) School District has one of the best success rates in the state for helping students meet math standards.
Students study math in the classroom at Josephine Wascher Elementary in Lafayette, Ore. The McMinnville (Oregon) School District has one of the best success rates in the state for helping students meet math standards.
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Student Achievement Smart Scheduling Puts Students' Needs First
A principal went back to the drawing board on his school's schedule after hearing author Daniel Pink talk about what children really need.
Alyson Klein, February 25, 2020
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Fifth graders, from left, Lenorah Hunt, Brooke Clark, and William Shortt, play during recess at Centerville Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Fifth graders, from left, Lenorah Hunt, Brooke Clark, and William Shortt, play during recess at Centerville Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Va.
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School & District Management There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?
While a growing body of research offers best practices for using time wisely in schools, a range of barriers often get in the way.
Alyson Klein, February 25, 2020
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Student Well-Being Collection Tick Tock Teach: Why Schools Can't Beat the Clock
Education Week explores some of the ways schools are rethinking class time and the school calendar.
February 25, 2020
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Student Achievement One Big Barrier to Personalized Learning: Time
Encouraging students to work at their own pace is a worthy goal, educators say, but difficult to pull off due to rigid school schedules and other barriers.
Sarah Schwartz, November 5, 2019
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School & District Management What the Research Says U.S. Teachers and Students Are Tops for Time Spent in School
U.S. students and teachers alike spend significantly more time at school than their international peers, according to the latest Education at a Glance compendium by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 17, 2019
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Student Achievement Elementary Principal Touts Benefits of Extended School Day
Students at Bellevue Elementary in Syracuse, N.Y., spend an extra 70 minutes at school each day, and their principal says the extended school day has improved their academic performance.
Marva Hinton, May 1, 2017
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