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3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction
posted by: Melissa | May 30, 2017, 12:32 pm   

Today’s post, 3 Ed Leader Recommendations for Building Phonics Instruction was written by Jessica Slusser and originally published on Getting Smart.

The process of learning to read is like climbing a ladder with incremental rungs to conquer, or scaling a mountain with several peaks and a summit. It’s best described through metaphorical examples. In the new Curriculum Associates publication What Really Matters in Teaching Phonics Today: Laying a Foundation for Reading, researcher, author and Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Jim Cunningham explores the foundational reading skills that must be solidly developed in order for the “building” of reading and writing to be strong. He highlights why it is important to see phonics as a foundation and what really matters in phonics instruction: best practices, engagement and time management.

App Round-Up: The New Apps You May Not Know About
posted by: Melissa | May 24, 2017, 12:26 pm   

Every week thousands of new apps are added to Apple’s iTunes Store. While the majority of these are games, there’s also hundreds of new educational apps. Which of them should you be paying attention to? Have you missed any that would be good for your classroom? Check out our list of new & notable apps below:

Top 5 Blogs for Personalized Learning
posted by: Melissa | May 19, 2017, 02:02 pm   

Personalized learning has been a buzzword in education for a while now, but this week it seems to have hit new heights. It seems as if everyone who is anyone had something to say on the issue. Near the top of the pack is this blog by AAE Advisory Board Member Michael Petrilli warning about the dangers of doing personalized education wrong. Petrilli reminds us that education isn’t just about learning skills piecemeal, but about being able to use those skills in the appropriate context and advocates for a “wholesome” and “nutritious” curriculum.

High Quality CTE Programs Across the Country
posted by: Melissa | May 16, 2017, 02:43 pm   

This morning, Rep. Virginia Foxx was at AEI speaking about the importance of career and technical education. She’s not the only one. This once demeaned field is getting new life in the 21st century, fueled by increasing reports of a skills/jobs mismatch. In other words, there are great jobs out there for students with a high school or associates degree in technical fields, however there aren’t enough people with the skills needed to fill all of those jobs.

Many schools and districts are attempting to fill that gap by revitalizing their career and technical programs. Read on below to see what districts across the country are doing to breathe new life into CTE.

Songs in the Classroom: A YouTube Channel for Every Subject
posted by: Melissa | May 09, 2017, 12:36 pm   

Everyone knows the feeling of getting a song stuck in your head. There’s just something about the right mix of lyrics and melody that stays with us, which is why research shows that using songs in the classroom can be such a powerful pedagogical tool. Studies have shown benefits in using music to help teach reading and promote spatial reasoning. There have also been numerous studies that have tied the use of music to an increased ability to recall facts and/or text.

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