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Andersson, Justin; Sitzman, Daniel; Arneson, Amy; Gandhi, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
As the world races to combat a pandemic, slow climate change, and solve many other public health challenges, it is clear that developing young people's scientific knowledge should be an urgent priority in schools. The goal of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to foster scholars and citizens who can think critically and creatively to…
Descriptors: Science Education, National Standards, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education
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Volk, Aimee – Learning Professional, 2021
Over the last several years, the West Fargo Public Schools district (North Dakota) came to realize its English language arts resources needed an overhaul. The books students were reading in class and the discussions classes were having were not reflective of the student body. What is the purpose for requiring all students to read a specific text?…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, English, Language Arts
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Rosenberg, David; Green, Genevieve Quist – Learning Professional, 2020
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist and her team, along with school-based leaders, have worked with the district's school leaders to implement a comprehensive strategy to improve instructional quality for all students in Tulsa. Grounded in a clear vision for instruction and starting with the introduction of new curricula aligned to…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Quality, Curriculum, College Readiness
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Westfall, Jeanette – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2015, Liberty, (Missouri) Public Schools was updating resources for several content areas. Content consultant Diana Laufenberg, executive director of Inquiry Schools, had been working with secondary teachers to study options for the best and most current instructional practices in social studies. As teachers considered using online resources…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology
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Avins, Jeremy; Huttner, Nathan; Miller, Sherrill C. – Learning Professional, 2019
In 2016, the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina, the nation's 15th-largest school district, confronted two dilemmas common in U.S. education. First, a quality review had revealed weaknesses in its literacy curriculum. Although curriculum can have profound effects on student learning, not all curricula are rigorous and engaging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Literacy Education, Public Schools, Language Arts