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October Is College Awareness Month!

October Is College Awareness Month!

It's a time to focus all students on the knowledge and culture that will allow them to thrive and succeed in college and other post-secondary studies.

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Making Room for Adolescent Literacy

Making Room for Adolescent Literacy

How building-level leaders and classroom teachers can support struggling readers/writers while dealing with budget, scheduling, accountability, training, and staffing issues.

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Common Core Classroom: Explanatory Writing

Common Core Classroom: Explanatory Writing

In this lesson, Ms. Ramsey helps her sixth grade students work as "experts" to plan a piece of procedural writing written for a "novice" audience.

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Our Interview with Jennifer Holm

Our Interview with Jennifer Holm

Newbery Honor winner Holm is the author of several historical fiction novels for middle grade readers inspired by stories from her own family.

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Demigods, Evil Giants and Prophecies, Oh My!

Demigods, Evil Giants and Prophecies, Oh My!

Meet Rick Riordan, a former middle school teacher and now bestselling author. Find out how an extemporaneous bedtime story for his son evolved into The Lightning Thief, his first book for kids. Watch »

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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Power Notes

Power Notes is a strategy that teaches students an efficient form of organizing information from assigned text.
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Featured Resources

Center on Technology and Disability Center on Technology and Disability

Find a wealth of free webinars, articles, guides, training materials, and more — all about assistive technology to support students with learning disabilities.
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Author Study Toolkit

An author study is a lesson that gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into an author's life and body of work. Here you'll find directions for doing an author study, learn how to set a purpose and goals, how to choose and author, and more.
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Blog: School Matters

For School Improvement, Demographics Aren't Destiny

Through conversations, I have realized that educators in unexpected schools change the fundamental way schools have traditionally been organized.
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Featured Glossary Term

Affix

The part of a word that is "fixed to" either the beginning of the word (prefix) or the ending of the word (suffix). For example, the word disrespectful has two affixes, a prefix (dis-) and a suffix (-ful)
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Research & News

High School Dropout Rate Among Hispanics Reaches All-Time Low, Study Finds
Education Week

Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature
KQED Mindshift

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