Elementary Schools

The latest news about elementary schools, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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Smart Scheduling Puts Students' Needs First

The principal of a school in Kentucky went back to the drawing board on his school's schedule after hearing author Daniel Pink talk about what children really need. (February 25, 2020)

Science of Reading 2020
Educators are continuously exploring the most effective ways to teach reading instruction. In this Spotlight, learn about methods teachers are using to teach reading, what science says about early readers, and how classrooms are overhauling reading instruction.

Literacy Instruction 2020
The state of literacy and early reading instruction is changing. In this Spotlight, explore the science behind how children learn to read, consider why it’s challenging to alter established reading practices, and learn how to make reading instruction more efficient.

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.


Quiz Yourself: Science of Reading
How do children learn to read, how are educators teaching early reading, and how do digital devices and print text affect reading skills differently?

Quiz Yourself: Social-Emotional Learning and Student Health
What are the biggest challenges to and statistics surrounding student health and social-emotional learning?

Special Report

Special Report: Getting Reading Right
Learning to read is arguably the most important academic experience students will have during their school years. But it’s not a given.

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Spending more on public education—and less on law enforcement—is gaining traction as the Black Lives Matter movement fuels broader calls for racial justice and police reform.
June 18, 2020 – Education Week
Only one-quarter of the nation’s school district leaders say they have fully developed plans to offer summer learning, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
The pandemic is just the latest massive disruption for the U.S. territory's educational system, and has left students and teachers wondering how much they've lost and what comes next.
June 10, 2020 – Education Week
The medical field's understanding of how the new coronavirus affects children and how they can spread it is rapidly evolving. Here’s the latest for school leaders weighing reopenings.
June 10, 2020 – Education Week
A new analysis says the nation's schools will need to spend $41 billion more in the 2020-21 academic year as the fast-moving recession driven by the coronavirus pandemic boosts costs for everything from remote learning to school meals.
May 18, 2020 – Education Week
As the national conversation on reopening schools accelerates, experts say the best way to protect vulnerable teachers might be to not have them in school buildings at all.
May 7, 2020 – Education Week
Faced with uncertainty, new financial concerns, and the prospect of more remote learning, and confusion, a growing number of college-bound high school seniors are reconsidering where and whether they’ll pursue higher education.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
Already in crisis mode, K-12 schools must now figure out how to educate tens of millions of children stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
We must make sure our students' needs are met, and that they know they are safe, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
March 24, 2020 – Teacher
The scope of school shutdowns nationwide is unprecedented, but new federal guidance suggests two to three weeks may not be enough time to effectively drive down virus transmission.
March 13, 2020 – Education Week

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