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August 20, 2015
Tennessee rolls out sweeping literacy initiatives amid stagnant reading scores
Calling Tennessee's stagnant literacy rates a "true ethical and moral dilemma," Candice McQueen discusses her first major initiative as education commissioner.
July 16, 2015
Tennessee teachers school Haslam on testing, evaluations during first Teachers Cabinet meeting
Gov. Bill Haslam convenes the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers on everything from professional development to evaluations to student testing.
it begins with books
March 30, 2015
Making progress on a promise, Fariña brings books to homeless children
A year after vowing to put more books in the hands of homeless children, Chancellor Carmen Fariña has helped oversee the creation of small libraries at 20 shelters.
February 6, 2015
‘Ready to read’? Why schools should reject the label and focus on solving the problem
Harlem Link's Steven Evangelista: What can educators and policymakers do about the word gap that lower-income children face even before kindergarten?
January 8, 2015
A new medium for early literacy tips: Texting
A new program from Bright by Three capitalizes on the growing momentum behind text messaging interventions by offering weekly text tips to parents of children 0-3.
beyond the marshmallow test
November 12, 2014
New research on homegrown curriculum “Tools of the Mind” helps pave way for expansion
A curriculum called “Tools of the Mind,” which focuses on developing skills like self-control and attentiveness along with reading and math, aims to make learning more efficient and build valuable lifelong skills.
October 10, 2014
Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools makes plans to close achievement gaps
expanded learning time
August 6, 2014
Fariña: Books are the answer to everything
Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the "learning loss" that affects many students from low-income families when school is out. The implied goal: to make the students enjoy reading as much as Fariña does.
July 22, 2014
Adult students with poor literacy getting short shrift, teachers say
A recent bulletin from the Office of Adult and Continuing Education urged principals to refer low-level students to free classes at the library. The department says referrals benefit students, but longtime adult educators are worried that the department is shortchanging the city's neediest adult learners.
Not Done Yet
June 2, 2014
Years after Common Core's arrival, reading overhauls continue at top charter networks
The city's top charter school networks are continuing to overhaul their reading materials and methods to meet the Common Core standards years after they were adopted. The networks have moved with new urgency since pass rates plunged on the first-ever Common Core state tests.
May 12, 2014
Some Common Core insights from a panel of experts: teachers
To give parents a glimpse into Common Core-aligned reading classrooms, Chalkbeat facilitated a conversation last week among three teachers that touched on close reading and textual evidence—and falcons and agriculture.
Politics & Policy
May 9, 2014
Sheridan middle school shows off literacy push to parents
Ian Render, a Sheridan Middle School math teacher, shows parent Nora Munoz, right, how one of the school’s new math programs, ALEKS, tracks student proficiency. Munoz…
Anatomy of a lesson
April 21, 2014
At Pueblo charter school, teaching literacy hasn’t changed much with new standards
Reading lessons may seem strikingly similar to lessons of yesteryear, even though this is the first year schools are supposed to be teaching to a new set of standards. For some Colorado districts, the new standards have meant a complete instructional overhaul. But at this Pueblo school, teachers began exploring the standards in 2010 and found that in most subjects, they only had to make slight shifts, said Natalie Allen, head of school.
January 22, 2014
With lawsuit settlement, Shelby County School officials shift focus toward academic improvements
With the municipality split and a subsequent lawsuit mostly settled, members of the Shelby County School Board and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson are shifting…
January 14, 2014
How sticky notes help my students read novels independently
In a First Person piece, teacher Ariel Sacks shares a strategy she uses to help her diverse group of students read and understand whole novels on their own — an unusual goal for a middle school class.
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