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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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Meet Cartoonist Stephen Pastis

Meet Cartoonist Stephen Pastis

Meet the creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, and the author of the New York Times best selling Timmy Failure series for middle school kids.

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Common Core Classroom: Explanatory Writing

The 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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Making Room for Adolescent Literacy

Making Room for Adolescent Literacy

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

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Sunny Side Up: Meet Jennifer Holm

Sunny Side Up: Meet Jennifer Holm

Newbery Honor winner Holm is the author of several historical fiction novels for middle grade readers. With her brother Matt Holm, she is also the co-creator of series of popular graphic novels.

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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. This technique provides students a systematic way to look for relationships within material they are reading and helps visually display the differences between main ideas and supportive information.
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Featured Resource

November Is National Novel Writing Month!

Have you ever wanted to assume another identity? Live through a historical event? Explore the Arctic Circle? Writing a novel is about personally inhabiting the world of your characters, no matter how different from your own reality. Enter this novel writing contest sponsored by Write the World.

Competition Opens: November 5, 2018

Final Entries Due: November 20, 2018

Write the World is a community of young writers (ages 13-18), hailing from over 120 countries. Each month, Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers.

Blog: School Matters

ExtraOrdinary Districts Need Extraordinary School Leaders. How Do We Get Them?

If principals are key to school and district improvement, then how do we ensure that principals are prepared to improve schools so that all children — no matter their background — learn and succeed?
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Featured Glossary Term


A letter or letter combination that spells a single phoneme. In English, a grapheme may be one, two, three, or four letters, such as e, ei, igh, or eigh.
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Research & News

Opinion: These high schools were the pride of their communities — and they can be again
PBS NewsHour

Most States Failing to Meet English-Learner Academic Targets, Report Finds
Education Week

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