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Silverman, Rebecca D.; Keane, Kristin – American Educator, 2021
Headlines about the negative effects of screen time may alarm teachers and cause them to worry about using digital media with early childhood and elementary school students. However, the relationship between digital media use and language and literacy learning is complex, and there are, in fact, arguments both "for" and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Electronic Learning
Faircloth, Susan C. – American Educator, 2021
As an American Indian woman, parent, educator, and scholar, the author grapples with the question of how to ensure American Indian children receive an equitable, just, and appropriate education. The creation of culturally and academically affirming schools for Native children requires educators, to ask themselves some difficult questions. Honest…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Equal Education, Social Justice, Culturally Relevant Education
Brownell, Mary T.; Ciullo, Stephen; Kennedy, Michael J. – American Educator, 2021
High-leverage practices (HLPs) are instructional approaches educators in K-12 can use to teach different types of learners and content. They are deemed "high leverage" because they are foundational to effective instruction, they help with managing and intervening in students' behavior, and they support successful implementation of the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Students with Disabilities, Direct Instruction
Vaughn, Sharon; Fletcher, Jack M. – American Educator, 2021
The degree to which a student expresses a reading difficulty is always an interaction between the child's opportunity to learn (due to absences, instructional quality, or other issues) and the extent of the student's reading impairment. Thus, youngsters who are provided a genuine opportunity to learn to read--including high-quality, explicit,…
Descriptors: Identification, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Response to Intervention
Derman-Sparks, Louise; Edwards, Julie Olsen – American Educator, 2021
Anti-bias education is an optimistic commitment to supporting children who live in a highly diverse and yet still inequitable world. Rather than a formula for a particular curriculum, it is an underpinning perspective and framework that permeates everything in early childhood education--including a teacher's interactions with children, families,…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Racial Discrimination, Social Justice, Young Children
Cohen, Rachel M. – American Educator, 2021
Many families are desperate to get their kids back to school, and many political leaders agree, worried about harm to children's educations and believing that key to fixing the economy is making it easier for parents to work. But the pandemic, which is still raging, has led to one of the most politicized and divisive debates in America: Can we…
Descriptors: School Closing, COVID-19, Pandemics, Safety
Lü, Chan – American Educator, 2020
About one-third of children under age 8 in the United States have at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home. And as of 2016, 9.6 percent of all U.S. public school students were identified as English language learners. It is obvious that the American student population is becoming increasingly multilingual. This trend is…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Literacy, Multilingualism, English (Second Language)
Wexler, Natalie – American Educator, 2020
Despite billions of dollars and massive efforts on the part of thousands of highly dedicated and intelligent people over the past 25 years, the size of the test-score gap between the wealthiest and the poorest students has not changed. These problems do not end at high school. Studies suggest that students with low test scores are less likely to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Role of Education, Low Achievement, Scores
Shanahan, Timothy – American Educator, 2020
A recent survey aimed at identifying the most popular current programs used to teach reading found that one common feature of all the top sellers was that they organize their teaching around leveled books. Other recent surveys show that teaching reading with leveled books is on the increase and that teachers believe it is endorsed or supported by…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reading Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Reading Material Selection
Moats, Louisa C. – American Educator, 2020
The most fundamental responsibility of schools is teaching students to read. Because reading affects all other academic achievement and is associated with social, emotional, economic, and physical health, it has been the most researched aspect of human cognition. The fact that teachers need better preparation, professional development, and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Teachers, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
Murray, Maria – American Educator, 2020
The Reading League builds the understanding of evidence-aligned reading instruction and its application with a variety of supports for educators as they build their knowledge and professional networks around the science of reading. It builds the understanding of evidence-aligned reading instruction and its application with a variety of supports…
Descriptors: Activism, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Program Implementation
De Bruyckere, Pedro; Kirschner, Paul A.; Hulshof, Casper – American Educator, 2020
This article is excerpted from "More Urban Myths about Learning and Education: Challenging Eduquacks, Extraordinary Claims, and Alternative Facts." The authors discuss some of the most often asked questions related to one basic principle in particular: "transfer of learning." Transfer of learning is seen as the use of…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Personality Traits, Skill Development, Problem Solving
Quartz, Karen Hunter; Daniel, Julia; Maier, Anna – American Educator, 2020
This article shares the experience of three teachers, who teach and learn at thriving community schools in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. Their experiences challenge traditional ideas about what it means to learn and be a teacher. In their schools, teaching is a community effort where all the adults--teachers, social workers, parents,…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Social Justice, Educational Change, Integrated Services
Johnson, Angela; Goldenberg, Claude – American Educator, 2020
At the end of every school year, particularly as students move on to middle or high school, educators throughout the nation face the same question: To reclassify or not to reclassify English Language Learners (ELLs)? The reclassification decision is tricky because it sometimes feels as if there is an inevitable tradeoff between specialized…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Classification, Secondary School Students, Decision Making
Breiseth, Lydia – American Educator, 2020
With a long history of being a haven for immigrants, Dearborn, Michigan, welcomes it latest newcomers with overwhelming support. The success of this effort comes in part from a strong labor-management collaboration between Dearborn Public Schools, and the local union, the Dearborn Federation of Teachers (DFT), which has enabled educators to meet…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Urban Areas, English Language Learners, Public Schools
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