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Moving readers from struggling to proficient 

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Changing teacher practices can help children build new relationships with books and improve their reading ability. By Deborah Wolter Too often, when children struggle to read, educators assume the problem lies within the children themselves. But, in fact, decades of research have shown that whatever children’s innate skills, strengths, and abilities may be, what really [...]

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What does it take to sustain a productive partnership in education?

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Since 2004, eight of New York City’s leading cultural institutions — including museums, zoos, and botanical gardens — have worked with the New York City Department of Education to support effective science instruction in the city’s middle schools. By Karen Hammerness, Anna MacPherson, Maritza Macdonald, Hudson Roditi, and Linda Curtis-Bey In 2002, the American Museum [...]

R&D: Using data wisely at the system level

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District-level administrators carefully analyze their own performance data, practicing what they preach to local educators. By Meghan Lockwood, Mary Dillman, and Kathryn Parker Boudett A little more than a decade ago, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Boston Public Schools joined forces to create the Data Wise Improvement Process, a step-by-step approach to [...]

Part-time teacher feels like a second-class citizen

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Q: I work part time as a teacher. I made this decision after working full time for years. The tipping point was having my second baby. My husband travels frequently because he consults for an out-of-state client so I wanted more flexibility. My principal totally gets it, and she’s been super supportive, down to freeing up [...]

Testing: For better and worse

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Our testing culture may be making us smarter but at the expense of the wisdom and creativity we’ll need to flourish in our world. By Robert J. Sternberg The 20th century saw an enormous, almost unbelievable, increase in intelligence quotient (IQ) scores around the world. IQs rose 30 points. Such a long-sustained increase in intelligence [...]

Teaching with evidence in this age of fake news


  Students need to be able to assess the trustworthiness of evidence — especially when deliberating thorny public policy issues. By Margaret Crocco, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Avner Segall Evaluating evidence. Defending claims. Making arguments. Although these words might conjure images of a courtroom, we’re referring to today’s classroom. Drawing upon evidence has become [...]

Emotional intelligence: Learning to walk in another’s shoes


The capacity to make sense of another person’s thoughts and feelings underlies a host of social-emotional learning outcomes. By Hunter Gehlbach To skeptical teachers and school administrators, social-emotional learning (SEL) might appear to be just another educational fad, the latest in a long line of reforms that fail to live up to their [...]

Is it necessary to push college readiness in middle school?

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Q: I’m a counselor at a public middle school in a high-achieving area. Our students are so stressed that we expend a disproportionate amount of energy counteracting the academic pressure. We have a crazy number of kids with suicidal ideation, cutting, and other self-harming behaviors. My large school system now wants us to adopt an [...]

Wanted: Soft skills for today’s jobs


Infusing important soft skills in traditional academic courses can improve employability among black youth. By Barton J. Hirsch High schools are supposed to educate students for both college and careers, but that often seems no more than a slogan. There’s a far bigger push to get students into college. A college education can increase a [...]

Confronting colorblindness


Colorblindness is socially acceptable bias that lives in our personal and institutional beliefs. Its existence inhibits our ability to recognize and respond to the realities of the lives of students of color.  By Edward Fergus During a fall opening conference day for a school district, I provided a keynote on different forms of bias, with [...]

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