Differentiating instruction with Laura Robb

Alexandra Wladich  April 21st, 2014 

Last week, Laura Robb, Scholastic educational consultant and author of Unlocking Complex Texts, and

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Summer reading roundtable on the summer slide

Tyler Reed  April 17th, 2014 

Three inspiring educators joined us for a Google+ Hangout last night focused on summer reading and stopping the summer slide.

Moderated by Pam Allyn, co-founder of...

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Go-to articles and resources on the summer slide

Tyler Reed  April 15th, 2014 

The International Reading Association (IRA) held a fantastic Twitter chat last week on the topic of stopping the summer slide.

Below is a list of go-to links and...

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How toddlers thrive: A conversation with Dr. Tovah P. Klein

Suzanne McCabe  April 14th, 2014 

As calls for universal preschool continue around the country, so do debates about its efficacy. Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledges that the additional 21...

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Earth Day resources for teachers, parents and students

Alexandra Wladich  April 10th, 2014  Comments • 1

Scholastic is committed to educating children and ensuring a safe environment in which they learn. Just last year Scholastic surpassed its company-wide goal of...

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Falling out of the lead, a new report

Anne Sparkman  April 9th, 2014 

Continued proof that there is more work to be done when it comes to serving disadvantaged students has been brought to my attention in a new report, Falling out of the...

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Let’s clarify: Standards or curriculum?

Allison Wolfe  April 9th, 2014 

Whether you love the Common Core or hate the Common Core, recent debates about an unclear, frustrating math problem have led to confusion in more than just math.

Taking a look at the research on Pre-K

Tyler Reed  April 4th, 2014 
The Hechinger Report:“Does Pre-K really help?”

The Hechinger Report has a roundup here of the research on the effectiveness of Pre-K. It's a good refresher as more cities and states carve out funding for early...

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Great principals really are important

Anne Sparkman  April 3rd, 2014 

Laura Devaney has a great article today about how effective principals reach all corners of education and how important it actually is to have strong leadership in schools...

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An ode to New Jersey poets

Suzanne McCabe  April 2nd, 2014 

The title seems like an oxymoron. But my home state has more than its share of poets.

For starters, there's Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Dorothy Parker...

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Putting a stop to red ink in the classroom

Alexandra Wladich  April 2nd, 2014 

Colors are a form of nonverbal communication. The color red is generally associated with passion or anger and green is often described as calm and safe. According to...

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It isn't just one thing that defines great teachers

Anne Sparkman  March 31st, 2014 

We hear about this intangible "it" factor that celebrities have to make them stars. We ask business leaders what their key to success is and parents of amazing kids for a...

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Children and trauma: a new approach

Suzanne McCabe  March 27th, 2014 

There's a big difference between normal, everyday stress, which can build resilience in a child, and "toxic stress," which often stems from abuse, neglect, and family...

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What is a connected classroom?

Alexandra Wladich  March 26th, 2014  Comments • 1

From iPads to desktops, schools around the country are getting connected. But what exactly does that mean? A connected classroom is more than just a row of computers or...

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Repeated read alouds may lead to reading success for young children

Timothy Rasinski  March 24th, 2014  Comments • 1

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Dolores Durkin studied children who learned to read before starting school. She reported that one of the most consistent findings among these...

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Fisher and Frey on fostering collaborative conversations

Allison Wolfe  March 20th, 2014 

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey shared a wealth of knowledge with teachers, leaders, and curriculum developers at the ASCD Conference last weekend. In “Collaborative...

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Technology in remote classrooms: Luxury or necessity?

Alexandra Wladich  March 19th, 2014 

Can technology become a “great equalizer” for schools? For those with access to the tools, tech opens doors to a mind-boggling amount of resources with just a click of a...

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Plenty of teaching resources for Women's History Month

Anne Sparkman  March 18th, 2014 

We may have passed the Ides of March but there is still plenty of time to celebrate Women's History Month. If you are still looking for resources to help you in the...

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How to foster student aspirations

Allison Wolfe  March 17th, 2014 

At the ASCD Conference on Sunday, Russell Quaglia encouraged hundreds of teachers and administrators to listen to and learn from their students.

You think pi is cool? Try phi!

Tyler Reed  March 14th, 2014 

No offense meant to pi (especially on Pi Day!), but here's a number I think is way cooler: phi.

Is recess the key to success?

Alexandra Wladich  March 13th, 2014 

Seeking to increase instructional time for students, many schools and school districts are considering lengthening the school day and year. In New Jersey, for example,...

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Tips for independent reading

Allison Wolfe  March 12th, 2014  Comments • 2

I recently spoke to a group of middle school teachers about independent reading, and there was quite a range of feelings about the topic. Some gushed about how independent...

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SATs and the 1,600 you deserved

Suzanne McCabe  March 11th, 2014  Comments • 2

If you took the SATs before that crazy 2,400 system, you probably should have gotten a 1,600. Congratulations if you actually did.

I know that I should...

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Reading, writing and coding

Alexandra Wladich  March 7th, 2014  Comments • 1

There is no denying today’s students are learning in an age where information is available anytime and anywhere. From smartphones and iPads to Google Glass and social...

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