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Research Reveals Children’s Linguistic Superpower

A young boy smiling in a hospitla bed, wearing a protective helmet after brain surgery.
Infants and young children have brains with a linguistic superpower, according to Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists, who found that unlike adults who use a specific areas in one or the other of their brain’s two hemispheres to process most discrete neural tasks, young children use both the right and left hemispheres...

Celebrate UN International Literacy Day

Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond International Literacy Day 2020 focuses on “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and...

Newsela and NWEA to Partner

Newsela, a K–12 instructional content platform, has announced a partnership with NWEA to help teachers meaningfully differentiate instruction and engage all learners at a time when widening learning gaps call for even more tailored instruction. NWEA’s MAP Growth reading assessment gives educators the data needed to understand what students are ready to...

How Schools Can Help Children Recover from COVID Closures

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for America’s K-12 schools. As policymakers and practitioners struggle to respond, they are weighing significant uncertainty and trade-offs that arise because of education, health, and budgetary concerns. The consensus is that students learned less during the spring’s school building closures, and...

Dismantling Racism: Working from the Inside Out

America is crying everyone’s tears. Crying because of all she stands for—the freedom, liberty, and opportunity that has not been genuinely extended to all. The recent senseless killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, by police officers, one by a retired officer, have...

California Federation of Teachers Takes on Billionaires; Aims to Reset Inequity in California

With little new revenue in the budget deal reached between Governor Newsom and the Legislature yesterday, today the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) released a new research brief, “Resetting Inequity in California,” that argues California needs progressive, substantial, and equitable new sources of revenue in place of potential school cuts that may...

No-Cost Summer School Options

K12, Inc. announced that it is providing more than 150 summer courses to students across the country. The company's summer programs will give new and returning students the opportunity to experience a ready-built online learning platform as they look forward to the school year ahead. “This summer in particular, parents are eager to find...

Teachers Union Releases Plan for Reopening Schools

The American Federation of Teachers, the 1.7-million member teachers union has released a plan for how and when schools should safely reopen. The 20-page document, which union president Randi Weingarten said would evolve as the status of the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, includes five major recommendations:

Ed. Dept. under Scrutiny for Civil Rights

According to the agenda for 2019 posted on its website, the U.S. Department of Education’s internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, will be examining the department’s controversial process for dismissing civil rights complaints. In July, Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) introduced the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency...

Assessing Literacy Effectively

Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell see assessment as the gateway to responsive teaching Using sound instructional approaches within your classroom community enables you to make moment-to-moment teaching decisions that respond to each child’s learning needs. You can plan your instructional moves and interact with your students in a way that supports their successful processing of increasingly complex texts....
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