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Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Data, while imprecise, suggest that some states are producing far more new teachers at the elementary level than will be able to find jobs in their respective states--even as districts struggle to find enough recruits in other certification fields. For some observers, the imbalances reflect a failure of teacher colleges--by far, the largest source…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Schools of Education, Productivity, Teacher Supply and Demand
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With the completion of new standards intended to reshape science education, the real heavy lifting now begins. First, states must decide whether to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a coalition of 26 states and several national organizations. Already, though, considerable focus is turning to laying the groundwork for the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Academic Standards
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. A recent spate of news reports has ignited a new wave of anxiety about the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Nonfiction, Guidance, Language Arts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Generally, boys and girls become more polarized through their first years in school. Now, researchers have started to explore how to span that sex divide and are finding that more-equitable coed classrooms can have social and academic benefits for boys and girls alike. While children of both sexes play together as toddlers, by the end of…
Descriptors: Coeducation, Interpersonal Competence, Sex Stereotypes, Gender Bias
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Students today may have less time for free play, but new research suggests their imaginations have actually sharpened compared with those of children two decades ago. In an analysis published in May 2011 in the "Creativity Research Journal" and posted online in May, researchers from Case Western University in Cleveland found elementary school…
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Elementary School Students, Imagination
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
For Lynch View Elementary, a K-5 school in suburban Portland, the school day doesn't end when the bell rings at 2:22 p.m. As one of 64 "community schools" in Multnomah County, the school also provides homework assistance, academic enrichment, free breakfast and dinner for students, a weekly food pantry, a host site for local medical…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Nonprofit Organizations, Community Organizations, Enrichment
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A handful of states are gradually adopting licensing tests that measure aspiring elementary teachers' ability to master aspects of what's arguably their most important task: teaching students to read. In the most recent example of what appears to be a slow but steady push, Wisconsin became the latest state to adopt a rigorous, stand-alone test of…
Descriptors: Licensing Examinations (Professions), Certification, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
Results from new state tests in Kentucky--the first in the nation explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards--show that the share of students scoring "proficient" or better in reading and math dropped by roughly a third or more in both elementary and middle school the first year the tests were given. Kentucky in 2010 was the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Scoring, Testing Programs
Barshay, Jill – Education Week, 2011
Computer-based instruction in kindergarten classrooms can be controversial, but one Los Angeles charter school is showing promising results and plans to expand the hybrid approach. The school conducted an experiment with a teaching method called blended learning, in which students learn from computers as well as teachers. The kindergarten…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Kindergarten, Young Children
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
It's hard to imagine two schools superficially more different from each other than Blackstone Elementary, with its labyrinthine 1970s layout, and Orchard Gardens K-8 School, which opened in 2003, with its modern skylights and cheery primary-color accents. But they were similar in the way that matters most in young lives: Both Boston schools were…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
In a bid to help more students read proficiently in 3rd grade--a skill considered critical to their future educational success--new laws and initiatives springing up around the country require educators to step up their efforts to identify and help struggling readers even before they enter kindergarten. It's not unusual for states or school…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Grade 3
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Detroit's troubled school system remains in emergency management, its enrollment dwindling and its labor-management relations contentious. Yet in spite of those challenges, a school there is making a bid to innovate with many of the formal structures that have long guided not just teachers' roles, but also how students are organized in classes. At…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Urban Schools, Educational Innovation, Teacher Role
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2010
After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decade--a change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why. The percentage of 3- to 21-year-old students nationwide classified as having a…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Reading Instruction, Enrollment
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2010
Photosynthesis may be an unlikely topic to inspire an opera or ballet, but in a 2nd grade classroom in Pikesville, Maryland, the children were asked to use dance to help them learn about that process. Small groups of pupils in this class at Fort Garrison Elementary School brainstormed to come up with dance movements to convey elements of…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Botany, Dance, Scientific Concepts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
At a time when policymakers are demanding budget cuts and more innovative approaches to schooling, pressure is building for loosening up constraints on class sizes. After dropping for decades, average class sizes in American schools may be growing again as schools cope with budget shortfalls. Although some educators see the rising numbers as a…
Descriptors: Class Size, Politics of Education, Budgeting, Retrenchment
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