Closing the Achievement Gap for ESL/ELL Students

The Latino achievement gap has been an ongoing challenge for years. Studies show an early and persistent gap between the achievement of Hispanic students and that of their white peers. The gap appears by the time students have reached the 3rd grade and remains fairly consistent throughout their school careers impacting graduation rates and college enrollment.

A Few Things You Should Know About Common Core Standards

Previously, every state has worked from its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels. The Common Core standards have been designed so that all students are prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but also with students globally. Change is not easy and many teachers are lamenting yet another shift in the standards movement. But in many ways the Common Core State Standards are perfect for the 21st Century educator.

Congress Breathes New Life into Striving Readers Programs

The budget compromise recently hammered out in Washington breathes new life into a major literacy initiative at the U.S. Department of Education.

The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers

Is teacher value-added a good measure of teacher quality? In investigating the long-term impacts of “effective teachers”, researchers found that elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized test scores have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives even beyond academics.

Build a Foundation for STEM with Music

A new instrumental music program for at-risk preschool students in Osceola County, Fla., is aimed at helping develop language, motor, social and other skills to help prepare them for kindergarten. The students receive instruction from a professional violinist during 20-minute sessions held twice a week. “This project really isn’t about making them violin players, it’s […]

No Excuses – Not Just for Teachers

As teachers, we want to provide support, encouragement, and understanding that some things are beyond a child’s control. But, at what point do excuses become crutches with long-lasting effects?

A Boost for Early Childhood Education

Nine states that won Race to the Top grants to improve early-childhood education all presented plans that include collaboration across government agencies to achieve their goals.

Technology has Developed a New Kind of Learner

Technology has changed the way kids learn. It enables our students to go beyond learning and collaborate, share, and publish original works. Today’s kids view social networks and collaboration forums as a sort of performance stage… performing for people they know as well as for people they don’t know. How cool would it be if the education world truly learned how to harness that kind of motivation in the learning experiences that we’re providing our students?

Teacher’s Survival Strategies for December

December is a crazy month!  The excitement of the holidays, the frequent interruptions to instructional time, and the seemingly endless supply of sugar and sweets can throw both teachers and students out of kilter and out of focus.  As hard as we try to maintain the “business as usual” mantra, some days it just seems […]

Best Practices for Educators using Facebook

While kids may be immersed in the social media world, many schools and districts are still mighty uncomfortable with the idea of using Facebook and other social media forums in the classrooms.  But a recent study (Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of Facebook use and academic performance) published last […]