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Are Classroom Reading Groups the Best Way to Teach Reading? Maybe Not.

Recent studies raise some hard questions about the value of ability-based reading groups. (August 26, 2018)

Spotlight on Reading Comprehension
Educators are gaining a better understanding of what constitutes reading comprehension as technology reshapes the way students learn. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are teaching digital reading, predicting the deep reading comprehension skills students need throughout their schooling, and providing tools for collaborating with other educators to support productive reading across subjects.

Spotlight on Teaching Literacy
As digital technology transforms literacy instruction, educators are finding new ways to build avid readers. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are combining print and digital texts to develop reading skills, how educators are encouraging literacy instruction in every subject, and how teachers can differentiate supports for individual students.

Spotlight on Writing Instruction
From crafting good sentences to encouraging revision, writing instruction develops an essential skill. In this Spotlight, see how educators are teaching evidence-based writing across subject areas, using online tools to fuel collaborative writing, and inspiring students through the creation of school writing clubs.

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In a report from the Center for American Progress, parents, teachers, and school leaders said they find formats like parent-teacher conferences “mostly” or “extremely” valuable compared with social media, while robocalls ranked dead last.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
Lively debate persists around this playground game, which opponents say is ripe territory for bullies and which supporters argue builds skills like teamwork and resilience.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Teacher Justin Minkel writes about how to cultivate strong relationships and weave them into the daily fabric of your classroom, not just during the first few weeks of school, but throughout the entire year.
November 12, 2019 – Teacher
Teachers open doors for students to fuel their curiosity and pursue passion projects, but educators warn against making it a free-for-all.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
The multi-age grouping approach is seen as a key feature of personalized learning, but the jury is still out on its impact on academic achievement.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
Researchers examined nearly 22,000 pieces of class work in hundreds of schools. More than 70 percent of those assignments were below grade level, according to a new report from a teacher-training group.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
A Native American dream catcher created for the survivors of the Columbine High School mass shooting became a healing symbol for many other school shooting survivors in the 20 years since.
July 19, 2018 – Education Week
At a time of sharp political divisions, civics teaches students how to engage in civil discourse, according to school leaders interviewed for the Education Week Research Center poll. More than half said their students don’t get enough of it.
June 28, 2018 – Education Week
Nearsightedness is on the rise among schoolchildren, but many students have not had the vision screening needed to detect the problem.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week
Early exposure is crucial, but finding teachers with strong preparation remains challenging.
May 23, 2018 – Education Week

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