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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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You know that old interview question: What would change in education if you had a magic wand? The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ Inaugural Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

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Casserly, Executive Director of the Council, to select an educator pursuing a graduate-level education degree to receive a $10,000 scholarship. To learn more about the CGCS and the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice, visit CGCS.org/Page/1239.

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eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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If you’ve heard the buzz about eSpark this summer at conferences or training sessions, you already know it’s more than “just another math and reading learning platform” Sure, it is that but what sets it apart is eSpark’s clever blend of learning tools that encourage students to progress at their own pace in their own way, to review when needed and move ahead when they get it. Review the teacher resources on the educator dashboard.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It Deborah Stipek of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Higher Education. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It