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The Buzz on Personalized Learning and English Language Arts

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According to a report by the nonprofit KnowledgeWorks, personalized learning is a critical component of most states’ accountability plans submitted under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Personalized learning was mentioned in 39 states’ plans. The questions being addressed were “How do we build learning-centered or student-centered systems?” and “How do we advance policies focused on what…

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The Texas Reading and ELA Adoptions

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All eyes are on Texas as it adopts reading programs, first for grades K–8 and then the following year for grades 9–12.  Shifting Markets The textbook adoption market has changed over the last five years. While in past adoptions the major purchase was reading and language arts textbooks, the definition of what is a core…

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Teaching a Holistic Approach to Writing

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Here’s a scenario many educators are all too familiar with: a new writing assignment is met with blank stares, or worse, outright revolt. We know that writing is key to literacy and is linked to great student success, so what’s the problem with this scenario? Instead of approaching writing as a chore, we should introduce…

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5 Keys to Unlock Read-Aloud Success

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Why Read Aloud? When I first taught kindergarten, I read aloud The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The kids in my class loved it and we spent hours discussing caterpillars, eating habits, stories, and Eric Carle. Luckily for me, the third-grade teacher down the hall, probably tired of hearing me read the book aloud again and again,…

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Design: The Secret Behind Effective Digital Learning Experiences–Part 2

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In our first blog on this topic, we began to reveal the secret behind the magnetic allure of games, simulations, and other online performance-based digital learning experiences. We showed you a well-aligned, well-designed simulation-based science performance task. In this blog, we’ll show you how the design of a digital performance task directly influences the richness of…

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TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item) for EBSR

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Common Core assessments are going digital. We’ve made great progress in developing exciting technology-enhanced items (TEIs) for math and science. You can do so much with TEIs in these disciplines because it’s all about the math. But what about making TEIs for English language arts (ELA)? That’s a bit of a problem, because ELA is too open ended—there…

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