Policy Briefing: Local Education Policy News

Rennie Center Education Research and Policy- Data dominated state and local education headlines this month, starting with data on new COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Officials have been publishing these figures weekly, allowing for observers to identify trends over time—most recently, a 41% increase in cases reported between October 22 and 28 red with … Continue reading Policy Briefing: Local Education Policy News

Influential Literacy Expert Lucy Calkins Is Changing Her Views

In a major shift, the controversial figure in the fight over how to teach reading now says that beginning readers should focus on sounding out words, according to a document obtained by APM Reports. Emily Hannford for APM Reports- The author of one of the nation’s most influential and widely used curriculum for teaching reading … Continue reading Influential Literacy Expert Lucy Calkins Is Changing Her Views

Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning

In distance learning, teachers can adapt many of the strategies they would use in the classroom to promote reading skills. Catharine Ferguson for Edutopia- Distance learning often requires students to work more independently than they’re used to, so as their teachers, we need to adjust the ways we help them read instructional texts. We know that reading is … Continue reading Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning

This World Teachers’ Day, Here’s What Teachers Want You To Know

Please reach out and (virtually) hug your child's S.E.S. teacher today! CNN- If there was ever a year to appreciate teachers, it is 2020. And World Teachers' Day -- which is held annually on October 5 -- aims to do just that.  Amid a global pandemic, teachers have become even more vital, as they navigate how to … Continue reading This World Teachers’ Day, Here’s What Teachers Want You To Know

How To Teach Reading With A Digital Mindset: Researcher Nell Duke’s Advice

Mark Lieberman for Education Week- School building closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have hit younger students particularly hard. One of the key functions of schools for early-age students is laying the foundation for the basic reading skills that will be essential for the rest of their lives. Millions of students across the country are continuing to learn … Continue reading How To Teach Reading With A Digital Mindset: Researcher Nell Duke’s Advice

How Using a Little Sign Language Can Improve Online Classes

Nonverbal communication such as American Sign Language can help students and educators in every grade feel more connected. Click here to learn more helpful signs for live meetings from University of Cincinnati ASL instructor Emma Kreiner. By Sarah Schroeder and Rosemary Jane for Edutopia- We all have felt it. Disconnected. We have been “present” in a synchronous … Continue reading How Using a Little Sign Language Can Improve Online Classes

The ABC’s of Back to School: A CNN and Sesame Street Town Hall for Families

CNN- Summer has come and gone and it's time to go back to school. But for families across America, that experience has drastically changed. Depending on what state you live in and the health of your own family, school may mean in-person classes or another semester of virtual learning. As families try to navigate school … Continue reading The ABC’s of Back to School: A CNN and Sesame Street Town Hall for Families