Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Craig Brock teaches high school science in Amarillo, Texas, where his freshman biology students are currently learning about the parts of a cell. And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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“Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy. This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Teachers can choose a lesson in the program, which guides students through a multi-step process to analyze the reading materials and write a response essay. Writing is the way you learn to read, and the way you express an understanding of other content.

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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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To learn more about the CGCS and the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice, visit CGCS.org/Page/1239. To learn more about Curriculum Associates, visit CurriculumAssociates.com.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

From textbooks to tests and from research papers to group projects, public education is in the midst of a sea change in how it provides learning opportunities to its students, in the tools it offers, and in what it expects its educators and students to use. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

South Carolina adopts science video service

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Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. These supplemental STEM resources can enhance science curriculum connecting science teaching and learning to career and college readiness. “Twig and Tigtag support student engagement and enthusiasm in science learning and are an excellent means to affordably update an existing curriculum with modern, compelling, real world STEM content,” says Bruce Wilcox, Vice President for Carolina Biological.

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Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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Open Up Resources offers two of the highest-reviewed curriculum for middle-school math and K-5 English, according to EdReports, which evaluates textbooks for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards. To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. It was a pleasant surprise when she learned about the brewing partnership between the startup and the nonprofit. “We