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Nehring, James; Charner-Laird, Megin; Szczesiul, Stacy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The authors recently studied how well schools were teaching a a range of complex, higher-order skills. Their findings were grim. Out of 25 skills that researchers have found to be critical to success in life and work, just three were the focus of most instruction: recall, application, and (occasionally) analysis. Even when teachers explicitly made…
Descriptors: Performance, Skill Development, Recall (Psychology), Cognitive Development
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Dobbs, Christina L.; Ippolito, Jacy; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
Secondary teachers nationwide are encouraged by the Common Core State Standards and recent research to enact disciplinary literacy instruction. However, little is known about how teachers make sense of teaching disciplinary literacy skills to adolescents. To what extent might adolescents still need the kinds of foundational support provided by…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Social Studies, Common Core State Standards, Content Area Reading
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Dobbs, Christina L.; Ippolito, Jacy; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Effective and authentic communities of practice in schools have the potential to support teachers in improving their instructional practices around perennial challenges, such as improving the literacy skills of all students. But before they can achieve such goals, communities of practice take time to build, effort to sustain, and ongoing support…
Descriptors: Creativity, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Communities of Practice