Struggling Learners

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Reading & Literacy Advocates for Science-Based Reading Instruction Worry California Plan Sends the Wrong Message
California, which has a mixed history when it comes to evidence-based reading instruction, has a plan to use federal funds for literacy programs that some say are out of sync with the science.
Sarah Schwartz, January 30, 2020
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Education Opinion Why We Should Let Students Struggle
Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.
Guest Blogger & Loren Baron, August 23, 2019
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English-Language Learners Study: Repeating 3rd Grade Could Help Struggling English-Learners
New research shows that requiring struggling English-learners to repeat 3rd grade could boost their academic trajectories, helping them learn English faster and take more advanced classes once they reach middle and high school.
Corey Mitchell, February 1, 2019
4 min read
Student Well-Being Can Buddy Reading With a Bot Help Struggling Students?
A new study in the journal Science Robotics suggests social robots can join the ranks of successful study buddies.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2018
2 min read
Education Opinion 4 Lessons We Can Learn From a Struggling Learner
It's important for those of us who talk about the benefits of failure to actually practice what we preach as well. Here are 4 things a struggling learner would like teachers to know.
Peter DeWitt, March 25, 2018
5 min read
Reading & Literacy Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Struggling Readers?
Quiz Yourself: How are schools helping students who are reading below grade level and how can math and reading interventions go together?
David Rosenzweig, February 13, 2018
1 min read
Student Achievement Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Are Schools Helping Struggling Learners?
Quiz yourself about Response to Intervention and the Every Student Succeeds Act's impact on students with disabilities!
David Rosenzweig, December 12, 2017
1 min read
Teaching Opinion Why Short Stories May Not Help Struggling Readers
For teachers looking to build students' confidence and love of reading, especially in the case of reluctant and struggling readers, short stories may not be a great place to start.
Ariel Sacks, September 14, 2017
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Reading & Literacy Opinion The Importance of Real Reading for Resistant Readers
Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, an English teacher at an alternative high school, says schools do a disservice to struggling students by denying them opportunities for authentic reading experiences.
Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, April 13, 2016
5 min read
School & District Management News in Brief District Goes to 4-Day Week to Help Struggling Students
A tiny district in West Texas is reportedly going to become the first school system in the state to offer students a four-day-week option.
Marva Hinton, February 23, 2016
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Student Achievement Texas School District Plans Four-Day Week Option to Help Struggling Students
A small, rural school district in West Texas has adopted a four-day school week option for next year in the hopes that struggling students will attend on the optional fifth day for tutoring.
Marva Hinton, February 18, 2016
2 min read
Professional Development Q&A Author: To Reach Struggling Students, Schools Need to Be More 'Trauma-Sensitive'
In her new book, school consultant and former teacher Susan E. Craig argues that teachers need to have a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and adverse circumstances on learning and what they can do help struggling students regain their academic ability.
Elisha Mcneil, February 17, 2016
10 min read
Special Education Opinion Don't Wait: Six Simple Ways to Support Your Struggling Learners Tomorrow
"These modifications all embrace the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) which caution against teaching to the imaginary average student. The truth is, our classrooms are full of students who are difficult to categorize because they present quirky profiles."
Kyle Redford, February 17, 2016
6 min read
International What We Know About Struggling Math Students, According to PISA Results
The latest data-heavy report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is turning up some interesting and sometimes counterintuitive details on just who is likely to struggle the most on international benchmarking tests in mathematics.
Liana Loewus, February 11, 2016
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