Arts education produces innovative students with critical thinking skills

Anne Sparkman  November 27th, 2013 

An article that claims arts education is a "must-have" is a must-read for me.

Family Involvement Week: Highlight on Gainesville, GA

Windy Lopez  November 25th, 2013 

In celebration of national Family Involvement Week and as part of Scholastic’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive and effective family engagement, we’ll be highlighting a...

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Helping kids get financially literate

Allison Wolfe  November 22nd, 2013 

Many states across the country have integrated financial literacy into school curriculum. This article describes some of the programs equipping Cincinnati teachers with...

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Fostering family resilience through literacy and place-based learning

Windy Lopez  November 22nd, 2013 

Last week my colleagues and I were in Tracy City, TN, for a Camp Discover “Family Reunion” event, where families enjoyed fun, literacy based activities that emphasized...

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How to encourage ‘productive failure’ in the classroom

Tyler Reed  November 21st, 2013 

Scholastic's David Dockterman has an interesting piece in today's ASCD Express about the need to shift students' perceptions of failure in the classroom.


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"Four score and seven..."

Suzanne McCabe  November 19th, 2013 

"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...

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Is Facebook improving student writing?

Tyler Reed  November 18th, 2013 

Facebook and social media might be contributing to making complete sentences "an increasingly endangered species," one teacher argues on But these digital...

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To centralize or not to centralize? That is the question.

Duncan Young  November 15th, 2013 

One of the interesting trends occurring in education right now is the decentralization of decision-making.

Building student interest in nonfiction

Allison Wolfe  November 12th, 2013 

After hearing a sixth grader say, “ I hate nonfiction, Mrs. Miller. It’s so boring.

A moment to reflect and resources for the classroom on Veterans Day

Anne Sparkman  November 11th, 2013 

Happy Veterans Day to all of our men and women who have served over the years. Thank you for all that you do for us.

Tech classroom management strategies

Allison Wolfe  November 8th, 2013 

A recent Ed Week article by Liana Heitin shares solutions to common management challenges that arise from using iPads and laptops in the classroom. The strategies below...

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Common Core under the microscope

Suzanne McCabe  November 5th, 2013 

On November 4, the Education Writers Association hosted "Common Core at the Crossroads: What Comes Next?" Reporters and educators at the D.C. conference discussed issues...

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School English vs. social English

Tyler Reed  October 31st, 2013 

Teaching students to use "academic language," or the language of school and the workplace, is an important part of teaching students to read.

The trouble is, it's...

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The mysterious life—and death—of JFK

Suzanne McCabe  October 28th, 2013  Comments • 3

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th U.S. President. His stirring challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for...

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A profile of P-TECH: Rethinking career readiness

Tyler Reed  October 25th, 2013 

You might have heard about President Obama's planned visit today to the unique P-TECH high school in Brooklyn.

Graphical literacy: Tips for teaching with maps, timelines and flowcharts

Allison Wolfe  October 24th, 2013 

In a recent article from The Reading Teacher about fostering graphical literacy, Kathryn Roberts and five of her colleagues share instructional practices to...

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Common Sense for Common Core

Suzanne McCabe  October 23rd, 2013  Comments • 8

If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including:

New research on the ‘word gap’

Tyler Reed  October 22nd, 2013 

A front page story in today's New York Times examines research on the language and vocabulary gap seen between children who grow up in low income households, and those who...

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From STEM to STEAM and how it is working

Anne Sparkman  October 22nd, 2013 

Touching on how the inclusion of the arts expands the reach of teaching to more students, I found this an interesting read. Reading about students who have teachers who...

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Writing is learning

Tyler Reed  October 21st, 2013 

For me, writing is a messy process.

I agonize over opening sentences. I use the backspace button a lot. I delete whole paragraphs, rewrite, then realize I liked it...

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Quiz: Current events in education

Allison Wolfe  October 17th, 2013 

Last week, The Wall Street Journal posted a quiz to test your knowledge of current events in education. Here are a few bonus questions I came up with, and a link to the...

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Worth reading or worth writing?

Suzanne McCabe  October 16th, 2013 

The Common Core asks students to read and analyze "works of quality and substance." That some texts have been deemed more worthy than others has led critics to question...

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Math talk: Which number doesn't belong?

Tyler Reed  October 9th, 2013  Comments • 10

A key theme of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the need for students to use deeper mathematical thinking and reasoning skills (rather than just...

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Tips for keeping hope alive as a teacher

Allison Wolfe  October 9th, 2013 

Data released earlier this week from the Primary Sources teacher survey shows 88% of the twenty thousand public school teachers agree the rewards of their profession...

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Our natural abilities are just a starting point

Tyler Reed  October 7th, 2013 

Scholastic's David Dockterman was asked onto MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" show on Sunday to talk about the importance of students having a "growth mindset" about...

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