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Roberts, Sharon – Learning Professional, 2020
Across the U.S., educators face a common challenge: How can we help all students become strong readers and writers? In the author's state of Tennessee, many educators believe they have a reading crisis. Two-thirds of 3rd graders do not read and write on grade level as measured by the statewide assessment (Tennessee Department of Education, 2019a).…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
A recent qualitative study by a team of researchers looked into how grade-level teams of teachers are thinking about causes and strategies based on looking at student performance data. What is interesting in these findings is how infrequently teachers attribute student results to instruction -- just 15% of the time. Teachers in this study were…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship, Data Use
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Goldenberg, Lauren B.; Wanta, Violet; Fletcher, Andrew – Learning Professional, 2019
Early literacy is the foundation of academic success and predicts outcomes far beyond elementary school. So when only 30% of 3rd graders in New York City public schools scored proficient on the state test in 2014, district leaders began targeting improvements in literacy instruction in grades K-2. In 2016, the New York City Department of Education…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
A recent study by Debra McKeown and colleagues is described by author Eliabeth Foster as important not only because it highlights professional learning about a model of writing instruction of interest to many educators, but also because it examines teachers' reflections about their experiences in professional learning. Building on a larger…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness