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July 19, 2017

Boundless creativity and highest expectations: how a Nebraska district inspires reading-driven achievement

Not everyone would see the educational potential in a few rolls of duct tape, marked-down boxes of marshmallow chicks, handmade traps for leprechauns, and boisterous rock concerts. Nor does every school district expect to achieve a 100 percent college acceptance […]
July 11, 2017

Pennsylvania district standardizes assessment, predicts state test results within 3–5 percent

Tractors in the parking lot and state-of-the-art education technology in the classroom form the perfect embodiment of this school’s mission to deliver “world-class education with a rural advantage.” Located in the small city of Saint Marys in northwestern Pennsylvania, Saint […]
June 15, 2017

Blazing a new Oregon Trail: first graders read 7,000+ books

They just didn’t want to read. Rewards and incentives that usually worked for first graders held no sway. But between the start of the school year in September and the close of their reading program in late May, a tiny […]
April 24, 2017

Ready, set, read: nurturing kindergarten and pre-K independent readers

“Miss Nelson, Miss Nelson, I need a new book!” He’s five, beaming with pride, and nearly dancing out of his sneakers as he spies Miss Nelson in the hallway. He can’t wait to tell her he’s just scored 100 percent […]
April 19, 2017

One year, tremendous math growth: the magic of a determined teacher and the right learning tools

A less tenacious educator might have passed on such a teaching position. The opening was for a mathematics teacher at a small rural school plagued by seriously limited financial and staffing resources. Some 65 percent of the Pre-K–12 school’s total […]
March 24, 2017

Read, read, read: words of wisdom in West Virginia

In a world of multimedia technologies that can distract and even isolate students, educators must work ever more resourcefully to entice schoolchildren back to the basics of learning. Mary Scott, assistant principal at Peterson-Central Elementary in Weston, West Virginia, suggests […]