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Reading & Literacy Reading Instruction: A Flurry of New State Laws
Many states have recently enacted laws so that teachers are well versed in evidence-based reading instruction. Here are some highlights.
Catherine Gewertz, February 20, 2020
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Elize'a Scott, a 3rd grade student at Key Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., reads under the watchful eyes of teacher Crystal McKinnis in April 2019. Mississippi has become a national leader in requiring teachers to know research-based strategies for teaching reading. Many other states are following suit, passing a flurry of laws in the last three years.
Elize'a Scott, a 3rd grade student at Key Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., reads under the watchful eyes of teacher Crystal McKinnis in April 2019. Mississippi has become a national leader in requiring teachers to know research-based strategies for teaching reading. Many other states are following suit, passing a flurry of laws in the last three years.
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Reading & Literacy States to Schools: Teach Reading the Right Way
States are passing new laws that require teachers to master reading instruction that’s solidly grounded in research.
Catherine Gewertz, February 20, 2020
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Standards Standards for Teaching American Sign Language Released
Long-awaited standards for teaching sign language in grades kindergarten through 12 have been released by Gallaudet University in an effort to ensure deaf and hard-of-hearing students are using sign language for critical thinking and problem solving.
Brenda Iasevoli, May 10, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion Make the Connection Between Learning Forward's Standards and ESSA
The ESSA definition of professional learning is aligned with Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning. Explore the connections between the two.
Learning Forward, July 20, 2017
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Standards Letter to the Editor Updated Teaching Standards Create Better Training Experiences
To the Editor:
I was encouraged to read about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' modernization ("Revamped National Board Process Stirs Teachers' Interest," Jan. 11, 2017).
February 14, 2017
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Professional Development Opinion 2 Resolutions To Demand Better Professional Learning For All
How can we signal to the marketplace that we expect all educators to experience only effective professional learning and that we won't accept anything less?
Learning Forward, January 5, 2017
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Curriculum Washington State Rolls Out Standards for Teaching Computer Science
The state's move comes as the White House releases a statement noting efforts by states, districts, and private organizations to increase access to the subject.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, December 9, 2016
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Professional Development Opinion Award Winners Exemplify the Standards for Professional Learning
Meet the winners of the first Learnies awards and learn how they are working to advance effective professional learning for educators.
Learning Forward, December 7, 2016
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Professional Development Opinion Key Responsibilities for Central Office Staff
What are the duties of a central office staff member eager to ensure that all teachers have access to effective professional learning? The Standards for Professional Learning provide practical guidance.
Learning Forward, October 10, 2014
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Professional Development Opinion Can Conferences Be Effective Professional Learning?
Consider how conferences can align with Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning to ensure that conference attendance advances attendees' learning goals.
Learning Forward, September 15, 2014
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Standards Florida Adopts Standards for Teaching Financial Literacy
Florida is the first state to adopt a set of standards developed by the Council for Economic Education.
Madeline Will, July 14, 2014
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Standards Rubric for Teaching Common Science Standards Released
The organization that helped develop the Next Generation Science Standards released a rubric for evaluating whether instructional resources are aligned to the new standards.
Liana Loewus, April 16, 2014
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Standards What Standards Are Indiana Educators Teaching to Today?
Indiana adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. On Monday, Gov. Mike Pence revoked them. What's a teacher to do?
Ross Brenneman, March 25, 2014
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Professional Development Opinion Which Standards to Implement? All or None
Joellen Killion asks, "Which professional learning standards should we address as we plan?" The answer is simple, she says: The standards work as an integrated whole, so it is all or none.
Learning Forward, February 17, 2014
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