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November 13, 2018
Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!
Lately, lots of people are talking about reading. Specifically, how it’s taught (or not) in America’s schools. Much of the…
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
Updated August 29, 2018
Chicago students show slight gains in math on national exam, while reading plateaus
Chicago students showed small gains in math but saw scores flatline in reading, according to new test scores released Wednesday.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
November 2, 2017
A harder English curriculum arrives in Memphis elementary schools next week. Here’s how teachers are preparing.
Shelby County Schools is adding Expeditionary Learning to its curriculum mix as the district seeks to expose its students to more complex reading content.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
August 16, 2017
More literacy coaches to bolster Tennessee’s drive to boost student reading
Two-thirds of the state's school districts will participate in Tennessee's literacy coaching network as the program begins its second year this fall.
July 19, 2017
How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading
Beginning in the earliest grades, reading goes far beyond sounding out words at Nashville Classical Charter School.
Read to be Ready
February 23, 2017
McQueen takes stock of Tennessee’s literacy campaign after first year
The state is making progress with its youngest readers, but still has a long way to go, says its education commissioner.
Read to be Ready
January 24, 2017
$30 million grant will grow Tennessee’s summer reading program tenfold
A major investment by the State Department of Human Services will expand the reach of summer reading programs to 10,000 children.
How I Teach
December 19, 2016
For this Colorado reading teacher, veering off the lesson plan sometimes makes sense
Rachel Harrison, a reading intervention teacher at North Mor Elementary School in Northglenn, shares her strategies for reaching students.
September 23, 2016
Week In Review: Teaching and learning in the ‘worst’ city
Detroit’s main school district is still struggling to recruit teachers and enroll more students, but leaders say they remain hopeful about the new school year.
September 20, 2016
First Person: What 100 ninth graders told me about why they don’t read
My students' answers — cell phone addiction, responsibilities at home, a lack of interest — were honest and illuminating. They're also helping me figure out how to help.
equity and excellence
May 27, 2016
City will hire 100 reading coaches to kick off of universal literacy initiative
New York City’s push to have every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with a hundred educators dispatched to coach reading teachers in key districts.
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