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WARM WELCOME—Des Moines Public Schools—along with translating its website—runs a summer jump-start program that helps students and families who are refugees acclimate to the district and the community.
6/28/2017

CIOs can play a key role in their district’s efforts to increase parent engagement as part of wider initiatives to advance equity.

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Amanda Martinez
July, 2017
The future of fidget spinners remains uncertain for the 2017-18 school year. (Gettyimages.com: J2R).

Whirling fidget spinners invaded classrooms across the country this past spring, but with many schools banning them as a distraction, their future as a potential remedy for students with attention difficulties is in doubt.

DA Staff
July, 2017
Superintendent of School District of Clay County Addison Davis appointed 12 new principals.

Addison Davis, superintendent of the School District of Clay County in Florida, appointed 12 new principals for eight elementary schools, two junior high schools and two high schools to improve teaching and learning.

Jessica Ablamsky
July, 2017

The growing and dangerous perception among some that America is a post-racial society is fueling the transition back to separate but equal schools.

Jessica Ablamsky
July, 2017

A federal judge ruled last spring that the predominantly white city of Gardendale, Alabama, may secede from its more diverse county school district—even though the judge saw racial motivations behind the city’s efforts.

Tim Goral
July, 2017

If educators in Chicago’s Noble Network of Charter Schools get their way, they will soon compose the largest unionized charter school network in the nation.

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Best practices in reading instruction are always evolving, as researchers are constantly learning how to better support early literacy, particularly for young readers and struggling readers. Recent years have brought more changes to how phonics instruction is emphasized in reading curriculum. Many educators who taught during the Reading First era and later within the Common Core are uncertain about how to best support strong phonics instruction, and thus how to lay the foundation for reading success in their districts.

Literacy is essential for success in school, but when students at the middle and high school levels continue to struggle with reading, the consequences can be lifelong. Struggling adolescent readers are more likely to have discipline or behavioral issues, to have lower academic achievement overall and to drop out of school.

North Hills School District in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, wanted to better engage students in grades 6-12 across its English Language Arts curriculum through a commitment to education technology. 

With the move toward more rigorous digital learning, North Hills piloted StudySync, McGraw-Hill Education’s digital English Language Arts curriculum for grades 6-12, during the 2015-16 school year in two sixth-grade classrooms.

Herb Miller, Director of Education, OverDrive Education

How do you build a digital reading platform that is easy for both students and teachers to use?

Todd Brekhus, President, myON​

What was the reasoning behind wanting to link current events to reading literacy for K8 students?