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Special Report Supporting Struggling Readers
This report examines what's known about supporting older readers who need help building their literacy skills and how to do so effectively.
January 4, 2022
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Special Report Diversity Matters: How Schools Can Recruit and Retain More People of Color
See how school systems are successfully recruiting and retaining people of color and helping solve for public education's racial imbalance.
December 8, 2021
Stephanie Parra, Governing Board Member at Phoenix Union School District and Executive Director of ALL in Education Arizona, sits for a portrait at the nonprofit’s space at Galvanize Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 15, 2021. Phoenix Union is majority BIPOC students, but school board and educator demographics in Arizona lag behind in representation and opportunity.
Stephanie Parra, Governing Board Member at Phoenix Union School District and Executive Director of ALL in Education Arizona, sits for a portrait at the nonprofit’s space at Galvanize Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 15, 2021. Phoenix Union is majority BIPOC students, but school board and educator demographics in Arizona lag behind in representation and opportunity.
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Special Report Teaching Science in Turbulent Times
Science education is hard. Teachers tackle the challenges of “science denial” and persistent inequities in this special report.
November 24, 2021
Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
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Special Report How Principal Professional Development Is Evolving
This special report looks at fresh ways to frame continued professional learning for school leaders.
November 2, 2021
Steve McManus, the Upper School Principal of the Friends School of Baltimore, helps a student complete her independent work during his modern history class on Sept. 24, 2021.
Steve McManus, the Upper School Principal of the Friends School of Baltimore, helps a student complete her independent work during his modern history class on Sept. 24, 2021.
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Special Report Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Teens
Chances are teenagers are not getting the social emotional learning they need, especially now. This report shows how schools can help.
October 12, 2021
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Special Report Hybrid and Blended Learning: Poor Planning and Rising Opportunities in Uncertain Times
Misplaced optimism and the rigid priorities of some state leaders limited the ability of educators to put in place flexible ed-tech plans.
September 15, 2021
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Big Ideas in Education Special Report Big Ideas for Education's Urgent Challenges
This special report tackles big challenges and hard questions, like: What is the purpose of school? Are we leaning on districts too much?
September 14, 2021
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Special Report Quality Counts 2021: Grading the States
See how the nation and the states score on this year's comprehensive report card for the nation’s schools.
September 1, 2021
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Optimizing Digital Learning for the New School Year
As students return to school buildings, big decisions must be made about how to adjust the use of technology for the “new normal.”
July 20, 2021
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Tackling Learning Gaps This Fall: Advice for Teachers
This series of case studies examines what the slippery concept of “acceleration” really means for students in three key areas: 1st grade literacy and numeracy, Algebra 1, and English-language acquisition.
June 22, 2021
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Special Report Quality Counts 2021: School Finance
This Quality Counts 2021 installment grades the nation and states on school finance and surveys educators' fiscal pressures and priorities.
June 1, 2021
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How to Help Students Recover From a Broken Year
What schools do to help students bounce back from stress, trauma, and disrupted schooling—and whether retention helps or hurts kids.
May 24, 2021
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