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How do you teach college- and career-ready standards to students who are still learning English? One educator explained his tactics in an online conversation with the Learning First Alliance on June 14. Larry Ferlazzo, a high school teacher, blogger and author of numerous books on topics for teachers, joined LFA...
Summer vacation is eagerly anticipated by students and teachers – eight weeks of out-of-school time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). But it harbors a built-in risk that we call the Summer Slide: Academic ground gained during the school year can be lost without targeted summer learning.
How are the Common Core State Standards impacting English language learners? What do educators and policymakers need to know and do to ensure the needs of this growing population are met? On June 14, Larry Ferlazzo, an International Baccalaureate and English and social studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School...
Communication is complex, and tricky these days. And as important to our lives as the air we breathe. Let's look at air for a moment --it is all around us, 24/7, no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is essential for our survival and for our...
Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) recently announced the Agents for Learning competition. The competition is designed to engage educator teams in advocating for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The deadline to apply...
Summer break is often seen as an idyllic time for teachers, parents and students to take vacations, have fun, and forget about the stress of school. But for the growing number of students living in poverty, summer vacations can be a significant setback to their learning, researchers say. “Summer learning...
John-David Bowman, the 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year, is pleased with his state's move to Common Core and Common Core-aligned assessments. But the amount of testing--particularly tests that are not aligned to state standards, or given at the whim of a school district or teacher, is hurting the potential...
This month’s issue of School Administrator magazine focuses on combating poverty. It’s ironic that this should even be a topic for discussion in one of the richest countries in the world. Yet according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 45 percent of American children live in low-income households...
You don’t need to look far within the hallways and classrooms to see the digital revolution in our schools. The growing use of technology is not only transforming learning – it is also extending and personalizing the learning experience. While this e-learning shift holds the promise to accelerate student success,...
When the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water source in 2014, issues with the water quality became immediately apparent. But it wasn’t until recently that the problems with the water supply, corrosion of pipes and lead in the water became national news . Now, the water situation had turned...