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An Easy Way To Help Kids Learn At Home: Turn On The Captions
Posted on May 6, 2020
  • Natalie Wexler
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Remote Learning

A new organization is pushing for children’s TV and video programs to automatically display captions to boost literacy. It’s an easy thing to do, and it has even more research behind it than advocates realize.

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Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes in the Context of COVID-19
Posted on Apr 22, 2020
  • Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
Tags
  • Assessment
  • COVID Slide
  • COVID-19
  • Remote Learning

The circumstances in which we find ourselves as educators at this moment call for flexible and reflective thinking about the goals toward which we might aim and the goals that we might set for our students. I believe we will need to adjust our goals, and likely readjust them again at a later time. Ultimately, this means we will need to be flexible with expectations.

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What Works in the Teaching of Writing?
Posted on Mar 25, 2020
  • Dr. Leslie Laud
Tags
  • ELA
  • Elementary
  • secondary
  • Writing

Writing well can be taught. While teachers may hold a clear vision for how they would like their students to write, getting students to produce effective and beautiful writing independently can remain elusive. Teaching students how to self-regulate when writing dramatically lifts not just the quality of writing, but overall literacy.

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During School Closures, We Can Help
Posted on Mar 19, 2020
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Distance Learning
  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Remote Learning

To help you make the most of time away from the classroom, we have created a special page where you can download activities, use trial versions of resources, and find a vast library of authoritative content, including webinars, blogs, and podcasts—all of which can be accessed for free, at any time.

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Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing: What Teachers Need to Know About Phonemic Awareness
Posted on Mar 4, 2020
  • Carol Tolman
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Professional Development

Phonemic awareness is an essential foundational skill for unlocking the alphabetic principle to read words. It follows that weak phonemic awareness negatively impacts a student’s ability to readily blend words, leading to weak comprehension; we cannot understand what we cannot read.

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Help! My Students Are Struggling With Multisyllabic Words
Posted on Feb 19, 2020
  • Wendy Farone
Tags
  • multisyllabic words
  • Reading Intervention
  • Reading Science

The complexities of reading are many. Throughout the years, much attention has been given to K–2 reading instruction and rightly so. However, what happens when the students get bigger and the words they have to read get bigger and more unique?

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