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Four Inquiry Qualities At The Heart of Student-Centered Teaching

Student-centered pedagogies have inquiry at their heart -- a commonality key to their success and far more critical than keeping the jargon straight.

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How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World

Civic engagement matters today more than ever, yet social studies in the early grades are sidelined. To make up for this absence, some educators seek outside training on how to handle sensitive...

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Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

Science education is rarely a priority in elementary schools. That may be changing under the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted in whole or in part by 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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How to Prepare Students in the Early Years to Read at Grade Level

Children who can’t read well by third grade are more likely to become drop-outs. Research-based coaching could make a critical difference.

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How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

Early math skills, though critical to academic success, get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.

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Applying the Power of Stories to Excite Students About Science

By exploring the science in stories kids love, these Chicago teachers are creating an interdisciplinary learning experience that's working with students.

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Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

Long summer days leave lots of time for books. What's the best way to encourage kids to take advantage of that time?

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8 Fun Ways To Keep Math Learning Alive Through the Summer

Fun ways to help kids keep their mathematical skills sharp through the summer.

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More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

Developers say they understand why teachers would be skeptical. But, they insist, computers already drive cars and detect cancer, so they can certainly handle grading students' essays.

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Understanding Ethics Through Game Design and Educational Goals

Understanding game design strategies and educational goals that align with ethics education can help students see beyond winning and losing.

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The Benefits of Cultivating Curiosity in Kids

Studies suggest that curiosity is linked to joy on the job, social skills and even a happy disposition. And in an academic context, greater curiosity generally predicts greater success.

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How Transparent is School Data When Parents Can’t Find it or Understand it?

Parents could better advocate for their children if school data were easier to access and to understand. The data is particularly relevant for parents whose children attend low-performing schools,...

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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?

The tragedy in Parkland, Fla., this year kicked off a national debate over how to reduce school violence: through tighter security and tougher discipline ... or more help for troubled students?

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How To Get Kids To Pay Attention

Maya kids do better on tests measuring attention, researchers say it's because these kids have something that many American kids have lost.

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