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Let's get kids excited about reading nonfiction

On Dr. Seuss' birthday, it's especially timely to examine what makes classics like his stand the test of time -- and in what ways have young readers evolved?

Getting to the starting line

The benefits of early learning are well known but access remains a challenge for many districts and families. How a Wichita Falls district is getting all students to this starting line.

Teaching a maker mindset through STEM 

Guided by the concepts of solution diversity, bounded autonomy, social-emotional learning, and the value of reflection, two educators use hands-on activities to teach students essential skills.

Use the force(s)

On relationships, the power of influence and using these to benefit your learners and school community.

Ready, Set, CTE

A North Carolina district reinvents career-technical education with a student-centered approach.

Seen, heard and learned at TCEA 2020

From the explosion of esports to overhauling teacher professional development, highlights from this year’s TCEA Convention and Exposition.

Leading early learning, one district at a time

The School Superintendents Association is helping school superintendents focus on the foundational years of education.

3 to grow on

Three nonresolutions to help spark growth this year.

3 ways to encourage reluctant readers

How a fourth-grade teacher is helping her students embrace reading.

Appealing, accessible options can boost participation in school breakfast
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Eating breakfast in the morning can help students succeed, and offering appealing, convenient food options can encourage participation in school breakfast programs.

Replace timed tests with math fluency

A numeracy coordinator explains how incorporating math talks transformed teachers’ and students’ classroom experience.  

Reimagining safe schools

When we hear “safe schools” we think metal detectors, security guards and strict discipline. Why this approach falls short -- and what we can do instead.

Equity, early literacy and at-home learning

Early childhood education can be a great equalizer, but it must begin with children’s first teachers: their parents.

Getting the whole picture

Looking at its students’ academic and nonacademic measures side-by-side is helping one district identify issues impeding progress. Here’s how they’re doing it.

On the pulse of 2020

The trends that shaped education last year and how we envision them evolving in 2020.