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Special Report How Technology Is Shaping Reading Instruction—for Better or Worse
The transition from print books to reading on computer screens raises questions about how to use digital tools to teach reading.
March 15, 2023
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Special Report A Tipping Point for America’s Aging School Buildings
Investments in aging school buildings can boost students’ safety, achievement, and mental health.
March 13, 2023
Students walk through school at the end of the day at Swampscott High School, which is collocated and shares space with the senior center in Swampscott, Mass., on March 8, 2023. As America’s population ages and the number of school-aged children decrease, district and community leaders are finding ways to combine services and locations.
Students walk through school at the end of the day at Swampscott High School, which is collocated and shares space with the senior center in Swampscott, Mass., on March 8, 2023. As America’s population ages and the number of school-aged children decrease, district and community leaders are finding ways to combine services and locations.
Sophie Park for Education Week
Special Report Student Motivation & Engagement: What Works and How to Put It Into Action
Explore strategies and tactics for motivating and engaging all students to see the value of working hard in school.
February 21, 2023
Kim King, an art teacher at Mansfield Elementary School in Mansfield, Conn., works with 1st grader Aubrey Torres, center, in her choice-based art class, on Feb. 13, 2023.
Kim King, an art teacher at Mansfield Elementary School in Mansfield, Conn., works with 1st grader Aubrey Torres, center, in her choice-based art class, on Feb. 13, 2023.
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
Special Report The Science of Reading … and Writing
Often overshadowed by reading, writing is a critical part of elementary literacy. Learn how the two can be integrated.
January 17, 2023
Third graders identify the different components of a strong paragraph, practicing with a sample piece of writing. Teachers at Kegonsa use models like this to help students master the frameworks that they will use in their own writing.
Third graders identify the different components of a strong paragraph, practicing with a sample piece of writing. Teachers at Kegonsa use models like this to help students master the frameworks that they will use in their own writing.
Narayan Mahon for Education Week
Special Report Where We Are Now: Educational Equity in the Pandemic Era
What impact did the pandemic have on achieving educational equity? Stories and data assessments shed some light.
November 28, 2022
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Illustration by Chris Whetzel for Education Week
Special Report Social-Emotional Learning: What Really Works
See case studies, best practices, and the latest research about how to build and maintain effective social-emotional learning programs.
November 7, 2022
A student in Stephanie Brugler, during the educational development of SEL with her students of Jefferson PK-8 school.
A student in Stephanie Brugler 3rd grade class participates in an SEL lesson on emotions at the Jefferson PK-8 school in Warren, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 2022.
Daniel Lozada for Education Week
Special Report Special Education and the Pandemic: Making Up for Lost Time and Lost Opportunities
Schools focus on pandemic recovery for the youngest special education students and those on the cusp of leaving K-12.
October 17, 2022
Job coach Kristin Snell, right, walks with Rebecca Newlon as she pushes a cart to collect papers to shred at Valley View Elementary.
Job coach Kristin Snell, right, walks with Rebecca Newlon, 19, as she pushes a cart at Valley View Elementary School in McHenry, Ill. Newlon, who has Down syndrome, has a job-skills internship at her former elementary school.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
Special Report Effective Communication for School Leaders
This special report explores what good communication looks like for school and district leaders.
October 5, 2022
Dean Jermaine Weems (right) tells a story about fostering kittens to teachers and faculty during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Dean Jermaine Weems (right) tells a story about fostering kittens to teachers and faculty during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Taylor Glascock for Education Week
Special Report Classroom Technology: What You Need and What You Don't
Schools must make tough decisions about keeping or scrapping educational technologies. The key question: Do they improve student learning?
September 21, 2022
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Big Ideas in Education Special Report Big Ideas for Transforming K-12 Education
Could thinking differently about equity, mental health, how we communicate—even change, itself—usher in education transformation?
September 6, 2022
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Adolfo Valle for Education Week
Special Report Class of 2021: Digging Out From Under COVID
Graduation rates fell in 31 states in 2021. This package explores the Class of 2021's steep climb to academic recovery.
August 29, 2022
Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The Mountain Education Charter High School system has a program that pairs struggling students with adults who have faced similar challenges.
Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The Mountain Education Charter High School system has a program that pairs struggling students with adults who have faced similar challenges.
Dustin Chambers for Education Week
Staffing Our Schools Special Report Tackling the School Staffing Crisis
Modifying schedules, expanding the use of contractors and emergency certified teachers, and other tactics schools are trying.
June 29, 2022
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