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These Q&As feature some of the field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners talking about important education issues
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Student Achievement Q&A ED's Research Chief: We Don't Understand Our Most Struggling Learners
A federal education research agency launches new programs to study pandemic learning recovery and a call to fill data gaps
Sarah D. Sparks, January 19, 2023
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On this vocabulary wall, 2nd grade teacher Macey Fleming collects words from the texts that students have read throughout the unit--words that students can use in their writing.
The vocabulary wall shows words in a 2nd grade classroom collected from the texts that students have read throughout the unit. Students can use the words in their writing.
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Reading & Literacy Q&A How One District Found Success by Overhauling Writing Instruction
The district anchored its new approach to writing in rich content linked to its new English/language arts curriculum.
Caitlynn Peetz, January 17, 2023
9 min read
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School & District Management Q&A The Top Issues for District Leaders in 2023
Ray Hart, who leads an association of big-city districts, shares what's top of mind for the new year.
Caitlynn Peetz, January 13, 2023
4 min read
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Curriculum Q&A You Can Teach About Climate Change in Every Subject and Grade Level. Here's How
Math, foreign language, even art classes offer opportunities to build students' knowledge.
Madeline Will, January 13, 2023
8 min read
Monique Paes, the esports advisor for Bronx River High School in New York, has turned her classroom into an online gaming haven for her esports students.
Monique Paes, a teacher and the esports adviser for Bronx River High School in New York City, has turned her classroom into an online gaming haven for students.
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School Climate & Safety Q&A Using Esports to Build a Classroom Community: One Teacher's Story
A teacher talks about the lessons she’s learned from leading her school's esports club.
Lauraine Langreo, January 13, 2023
3 min read
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College & Workforce Readiness Q&A A College Admissions Expert Explains What Going Test-Optional Means for High School Seniors
The movement to test-optional college admissions is helping colleges diversify their enrollments, this expert says.
Elizabeth Heubeck, January 9, 2023
5 min read
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Teacher Preparation Q&A A New Program Will Train Teachers to Teach Climate Change, Without the 'Doom and Gloom'
Climate change is a subject experts say goes beyond science class, and one that should be woven through subjects and grade levels.
Madeline Will, December 29, 2022
8 min read
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Classroom Technology Q&A Why Schools Should Be More Critical of Technology
A researcher argues that it's time for teachers to think more critically about the technologies they use in the classroom.
Lauraine Langreo, December 27, 2022
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School Choice & Charters Q&A Voucher Programs Gain Strength With Help From the Courts, An Expert Says
A school choice expert explains how recent rulings could prevent future voucher programs from getting blocked by opponents.
Mark Lieberman, December 22, 2022
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Curriculum Q&A Buying Curriculum Isn’t Enough to Change Teaching and Learning. Here’s What It Takes
Buying a research-backed curriculum is the easy part. Providing the training and support to use it takes years, district leaders say.
Sarah Schwartz, December 16, 2022
6 min read
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Special Education Q&A Why Special Education Research Is So Important Now
The outgoing commissioner of the National Center on Special Education Research outlines the challenges ahead.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 16, 2022
5 min read
Shomari Jones, Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement for the Bellevue School District, at his office on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Bellevue, Wash.
Shomari Jones, director of equity and strategic engagement for the Bellevue, Wash., school district, explains why he thinks schools should teach about all religious beliefs.
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Equity & Diversity Q&A Talking About Religion Is Hard. This District Leader Says Schools Should Do It Anyway
The Bellevue, Wash., district leader emphasizes that students need to be prepared to navigate a multicultural world.
Alyson Klein, December 12, 2022
6 min read
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Teaching Q&A How One High School Teacher Builds Vocabulary, and Rapport, With Her Students
Beth Knapp uses old words and modern-day vernacular to stretch her students' language skills.
Elizabeth Heubeck, December 1, 2022
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety Q&A How a Student's Push to End Paddling in Schools Became a Yearslong Civics Lesson
A student advocate pushed to end corporal punishment in his state—and gained a passion for civic involvement in the process.
Evie Blad, November 22, 2022
7 min read