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Bureau of Indian Education Joins WIDA Consortium on English-Learners

The Bureau of Indian Education has joined the WIDA Consortium, a group of education agencies that share common-core aligned English-language proficiency standards and assessments for English-language learners.

Boston Brings the Music Back by Boosting Arts Education

At a time when schools across the country are cutting arts education, this city is aiming to make it universal. Myran Parker-Brass, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who sang for the Boston Symphony, is working to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. And she’s not stopping there. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

Emily Knox, an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Book Banning in 21st Century America, was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year in 2015.

Ed. Dept.: Tribes, Districts Must Work Together on Behalf of Native Students

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, districts with tribal students must work with tribal leaders on issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native students, new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education says. A "Dear Colleague Letter" dated Sept. 26 urges affected districts to team with tribes to foster the "collaboration that is a critical part of improving academic outcomes for Native students."

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Do You Read, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I described a conversation my writing project peers were having: that teachers do not read--or follow--educational research. At the time, I indicted much of ed research (and researchers) for being out of touch or writing in ways that did not consider the K-12 audience. Here are some more perspectives.

In a meeting with science grant peers this week, Rocio Garcia, a GVWP TC, remarked on a disturbing finding. She had taught kindergarten last year and…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on August 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Implementing the Common Core with ELLs

Achieve the Core has a series of 4 posts addressing the needs of ELLs in implementing the Common Core. My district has started the pilot process of our ELA adoption and plans to do systematic analysis of these instructional materials for their ability to support the instruction of…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on August 15, 2016 at 8:41pm

Do You Read?

Do you read professional journals? Books about teaching practice? My writing project is discussing these questions after reading this piece by Brian Kelley, "Be Unruly. Read Professionally."…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on August 5, 2016 at 8:51pm

Support for Teachers of Dual Language Learners

Teaching at the Beginning is a YouTube channel from Understanding Language at Stanford. It has short videos showing primary students learning language, to be used as a resource for professional development activities with staff teaching dual language students.

Check it out and tell us what you think.

Posted by Debra Schneider on August 1, 2016 at 5:52pm

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Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Do You Read, Part 2
"One more thing: research that shows teaching grammar as rules and w/o context is useless: https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/does-bad-grammar-instruction-make-writing-worse/"
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Carol Costa Minner commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Do You Read, Part 2
"At our Writing Project's fall conference--Meeting the Demands of Next-Generation Academic Standards, we will ask student teachers and new teachers what professional reading they are doing or plan to do. Our GVWP teacher leaders will be sharing…"
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Do You Read, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I described a conversation my writing project peers were having: that teachers do not read--or follow--educational research. At the time, I indicted much of ed research (and researchers) for being out of touch or writing in ways that did not consider the K-12 audience. Here are some more perspectives.In a meeting with science grant peers this week, Rocio Garcia, a GVWP TC, remarked on a disturbing finding. She had taught kindergarten last year and this year, was teaching first…See More
Aug 25
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Implementing the Common Core with ELLs

Achieve the Core has a series of 4 posts addressing the needs of ELLs in implementing the Common Core. My district has started the pilot process of our ELA adoption and plans to do systematic analysis of these instructional materials for their ability to support the instruction of ELLs.The…See More
Aug 15
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Do You Read?

Do you read professional journals? Books about teaching practice? My writing project is discussing these questions after reading this piece by Brian Kelley, "Be Unruly. Read Professionally." Kelley finds that the…See More
Aug 5
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Support for Teachers of Dual Language Learners

Teaching at the Beginning is a YouTube channel from Understanding Language at Stanford. It has short videos showing primary students learning language, to be used as a resource for professional development activities with staff teaching dual language students.Check it out and tell us what you think.See More
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Diverse Books for Our Diverse Students

Katy Knight recently wrote here on Know ELLs about increasing the diversity of books available for her secondary students. She touches on a wide variety of really important issues about what counts as "the canon," who decides what counts, how students of all races/ethnic groups/genders/social classes need books as…See More
Jul 10
Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!
"Maria and Brandy, some important learning for teachers is to learn how to provide the structure and focus for students, with the lesson structure we create, the questions we pose, the directions we set up, the way we work with groups to create…"
Jul 10
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Stop Summer Regression!

    Anyone who's every mentioned "calendar" to me has heard my rant about how we no longer need this type of school calendar because we are not an agrarian society, and our wealthy city-dwellers no longer have to leave the hoi polloi behind in hot, non-air-conditioned cities. Whether summer break started because of farmers who needed their kids on the farm to work during those months, or because cities were sweltering before air conditioning became a thing and many urbanites made plans to flee…See More
Jun 30
Lorena Sanchez commented on Katy Knight's blog post Adding Diversity to the Secondary Curriculum
"First of all, I want to commend you for seeking to fix the imbalance of representation in literature which you have discovered.  I wish that I had been introduced to books about my culture in my elementary, or even secondary education, instead…"
Jun 29
Mercedes Villalobos commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Microagressions? Is it contagious?
"Same here! I never knew these type of interactions had a name! They're not as obvious or bold as the ones we can easily identify and label a racist, but they happen too often. "
Jun 29
Katy Knight posted a blog post

Adding Diversity to the Secondary Curriculum

(in reference to "20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy.")Over the course of the past year, I have become startlingly aware of the imbalance of representation in the literature I have chosen for my students. I have no readings from Hispanic writers in my prescribed reading list, yet our school has a population of Spanish-speaking students that nears 80% of our total student body.My question for the group is what expectations of Spanish-speaking readers aren't…See More
Jun 29
John Tivald commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Microagressions? Is it contagious?
"I work in a district that is about 90% Mexican American and I teach economics so many times we are examining demographic information. Races are delineated in very simple categories for this reason. I find it a little amusing when I refer to the…"
Jun 29

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