differentiated learning

If You Want Equity in the Classroom, Above-Average Readers Need Intervention Too

I think every child needs to have some kind of reading intervention.Michael Ballone, director of curriculum for the K-8 Marlboro Township Public Schools in New Jersey, has a clear idea of what most literacy instruction gets wrong: it only serves struggling readers. “I think every child needs to have some kind of reading intervention,” says Ballone, a former seventh-grade English teacher. “It might mean acceleration or it might mean remediation.

Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors

Reading was easy for Dr. Doug Fisher when he was growing up in San Diego, but it wasn’t for everybody. “I had friends who were illiterate,” he says. “They just pretended they could read, and the teachers pretended, and they graduated.” As a freshman at San Diego State University, Fisher wrote his first English comp paper on illiteracy in America. “Somehow, that seed was there for a really long time.”

How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

“Stay out of jail!” That was the subject line of an email I received shortly after I started in my new role as CEO at Achieve3000.

Three Ways Technology Can Help Teachers Differentiate Student Learning

“The wide range of differences found among children when they first enter school is sufficient to tax the skill of the most capable teacher.”

Reading Is Visually Unnatural—Here's How to Help Students Who Struggle

When Mark Taylor was growing up near Huntington, NY, his house had a special draw no other home in the neighborhood could boast: a basement full of prisms, projectors and other cool optometric gadgets. His friends loved coming over to mess around with the devices, but these were no mere toys: they were part of a family legacy.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

What leads to reading success? In my view, success with reading doesn’t follow from drill and kill practices that stifle interest and motivation. Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school.

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

What role does data play in developing solutions to complex challenges in education? And how do we know which approaches in what context are effective in the classroom?

Have a Bold Idea for Education? Here's How to Apply for Funding from NewSchools

August is often a sleepy month, when many are focused on enjoying the last bit of summer before the busy fall season begins. But we’re hoping teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas in education will step away from their vacations to seize a great opportunity from NewSchools Venture Fund.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma

Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Now all eyes are on our corner of the country as we transition from a traditional seat-time high school diploma to a proficiency-based diploma.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

Josh Parker is an instructional coach at District of Columbia Public Schools. He was named Maryland State Teacher of the Year in 2012. Brennan McMahon Parton, 
Data Quality Campaign’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers.

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