Home-based learning for young students from low-income, ethnically diverse families can help predict students' future success, according to a study of families in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. Data show improved outcomes for children who have access at home to meaningful conversations and learning-centered books and toys.
Help students find their writing voice by zeroing in on three skills -- details, word choice and sentence fluency -- writes educational consultant John McCarthy. In this blog post, he shares examples about how to build each skill and includes five suggestions to enhance writing instruction, such as creating a portfolio and finding an authentic audience for student writing.
The National Council for the Social Studies recently released supplemental guidance to the C3 Framework that addresses teaching about religion in the classroom. The guidance aims to increase students' understanding of various religions and raise their awareness to promote global citizenship.
More schools are prioritizing social and emotional learning, creating a need for determining how to assess such skills, asserts Lindsay Read of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. CASEL's Measuring SEL design challenge seeks to identify assessment options.
Researchers at Tufts University in collaboration with teachers have developed an approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math in elementary school that also combines literacy. Novel Engineering offers teachers a process for adding activities to reading lessons.
Looking for a game-changer in education? Consider assigning every student a social, emotional and academic-development liaison, asserts Maurice Elias, a professor of psychology. In this blog post, Elias highlights the SEAD liaison model and the liaisons' primary functions in schools.
Leaders in some school districts are placing limits on when -- and how often -- parents can check online grade portals, writes teacher and author Jessica Lahey. In this commentary, she shares the potential downside of "overchecking" grade portals.
Principals at five schools in a Colorado district's "innovation zone" are using autonomy from state laws, including union and district policies, to adjust budgets to meet individual needs. Principal Jenny Passchier says her school dedicated funds to helping students improve reading skills.
About 3 million students in the US -- 6% of all students -- attended charter schools in the 2015-16 school year -- up from 1.8 million five years earlier -- according to data from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. California, Texas and Florida have the most charter schools.
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