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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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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
New research shows that early-childhood programs can't be seen as a one-shot inoculation that will sustain children throughout their academic careers.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Creativity is too often the domain of the elite. Schools can help, write composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
To solve some of our biggest challenges, young people must be inspired to connect and work with people regardless of backgrounds, argues David Simas, the CEO of the Obama Foundation.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
GreatSchools.org, whose reviews are seen by more than 50 million people, is expanding its ratings indicators to provide a more nuanced statistical portrait of schools.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
New research suggesting that older kindergartners have an edge over their younger classmates complicates an already difficult decision.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week

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