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"Fluency does not guarantee comprehension, but a lack of fluency guarantees almost all the time a lack of comprehension, especially with more complex texts," literacy expert David Liben said.
Students who are far from reading on grade level should not be expected to meet the higher expectations of the Common Core State Standards in a year or two, said literacy expert David Liben.
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“The summer is a great opportunity to cultivate a can-do mind-set, as teachers have more time, space, and flexibility to support the individual needs of their students,” says Tiffany Gueye in today’s Commentary.

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Declaring in a speech that the Common Core State Standards aren't working in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie announced in a May 28 speech that the state will shift away from the standards by the end of the year.
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Illinois state legislators and the governor are under pressure to craft a new plan after the state's high court overturned a 2013 statute altering pensions for retired teachers.
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Guest opinion blogger Rafael Heller, principal policy analyst for Jobs for the Future, explains why words like “grit” and “self-determination theory” are not out of place in the education community, but need more work.
By asking students to "fake it," teachers of writing can help motivate students to succeed, writes Rafael Heller of Jobs for the Future.
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Think of the term 'grit', as a reflective term used to represent 'self-determination' theory.
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New funding rules that put school spending decisions in the hands of local communities have spurred a renewed interest in field trips for students in Vallejo, Calif.
New funding rules that put school spending decisions in the hands of local communities have spurred a renewed interest in field trips for students in Vallejo, Calif.
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Grant Wiggins, the educator who helped usher in a new pedagogical approach to classroom instruction, died Tuesday. He was 64.
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A tribal school district in Wisconsin has increased the percentage of Native American teachers in its schools and has found that the strategy may be linked to improving academic performance, according to a story by WUWM Public Radio.
A Wisconsin district has increased its percentage of Native teachers and is seeing improved outcomes for students.
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New federal data show that the rates of high school graduation and bachelor's degree completion are on the rise, and traditionally underserved students are driving some of the biggest gains.
Black and Hispanic students are driving some of the biggest gains at the high school level, and less dramatic improvements at the college level.
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New online training materials will help teachers recognize warning signs of suicide and mental health issues in students so that they know when to ask for help, a coalition of groups said.

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New online training materials will help teachers recognize warning signs of suicide and mental health issues in students so that they know when to ask for help, a coalition of groups said.
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Rather than allow a large-scale construction project to derail student learning, a Massachusetts private school incorporated the building process into the curriculum.
Rather than allow a large-scale construction project to derail student learning, a Massachusetts private school incorporated the building process into the curriculum.
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Outreach and broader awareness of the Education Department's willingness to tackle complaints may help account for a surge in cases to the department's office for civil rights, say advocacy groups, administrators, and department officials.
Outreach and broader awareness of the U.S. Education Department's willingness to tackle complaints may help account for a surge in cases to the department's office for civil rights.
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