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Friday, November 1, 2013

The key to school success is often co-ordinating the program school wide. Here is study on "Success for All." Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Whole-school improvement model boosts early-literacy skills
Success for All, a whole-school improvement model that includes curriculum, tutors, student assessments and teacher training, has been successful in boosting performance and early-literacy skills, according to a recent study. The program improved teaching practice and early-literacy skills in schools that have implemented it, with one Pennsylvania elementary meeting all student-learning targets in the 2010-11 school year after previously falling short. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (10/30)Bookmark and Share

Monday, October 28, 2013

The following article presents a clear understanding of "deeper thinking" in literacy. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Teachers prepare for deeper learning under common core
As Connecticut schools transition to the Common Core State Standards, educators say students should expect a fundamental shift to deeper learning and independent thinking. For instance, educators say that instead of determining what happened in a text, such as Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible," the goal will be to determine what the text is about. In secondary-school English classes, for example, the transition will include analyzing and comparing works. Stratford Star (Conn.) (10/24)Bookmark and Share