You might have seen a recent poll that showed only about a third of all Americans had heard of the Common Core standards.
Here's what happened when we went to the...Read more
Here's a fun game for a Monday afternoon: Come up with your best explanation for the results of this Gallup poll!
Several months ago, I was invited to do a radio interview.
"Why do they want you?" asked my 93-year-old mother.
"They think I'm an expert on the topic," I...Read more
The Funds of Knowledge, drawn from the seminal work of language researcher Luis Moll, sound like what they are: substantial, essential, hopeful. And I think of...Read more
Merriam-Webster defines an urban legend as, “an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true.” In this era of rapid change and...Read more
This quote is pulled from a thought-provoking article in this month's Harpers (subscription required) about the logic of requiring high school students to take Algebra II...Read more
This week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $5 million investment to identify and promote innovative family engagement initiatives that support children’s...Read more
Fewer than 40 percent of Americans polled here say they've heard of the Common Core State Standards.
Is this surprising to you?
Today is Maria P. Walther's first day of school. Well, her first day of a new school year. This will actually be her 28th year teaching first grade ("in human years")....Read more
As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week programming here at Scholastic, David and Meredith Liben from Student Achievement Partners presented to an auditorium full of...Read more
To me, one of the most interesting (and also maddening) things about the way humans learn to read is how, for learners, reading is both the goal AND the process.
David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, spoke to a group of New York City teachers this week about how to enrich their...Read more
Bob Krech is an incredible math teacher from New Jersey. Here, he shares a strategy for encouraging students to talk about the character traits of numbers -- a key skill...Read more
If you teach the primary grades, like I do, then I don’t have to tell you that kids are constantly asking questions. At the beginning of the year, the one I hear most...Read more
It’s no mystery. The more a reader knows about a topic, the better his or her comprehension and recall of a complex text will be.
We must educate today's students for the jobs of tomorrow - jobs we can't even envision yet. Teachers, I think you've heard this a time or two, right? It is a resounding...Read more
New York has been in the education news again as scores come out from a first wave of tests that incorporate the Common Core. An incredibly important issue as we will...Read more
Quest to Learn is a fascinating new school in New York City that has designed an approach to learning and pedagogy using gaming principles. It leverages the digital lives...Read more
As someone who believes deeply in: the role of public education; the critical value of quality teaching; families as first teachers and role-models; and, that ...Read more
America's public school system is, I'd argue, our greatest government service -- an institution meant to provide opportunity and level the playing field, and without which...Read more
I bet most of the educators out there have heard this pearl of teaching wisdom before: Don’t smile before Christmas. Yes, we’ve all heard it, and thankfully we...Read more
The Common Core is little more than a promise. How it is implemented will make all the difference. That's why this post by Catlin Tucker, a high school English language...Read more
Dan Willingham has an excellent post here raising some essential questions about standardized tests that we bloggers ought to consider -- no matter our opinions about them...Read more
As part of the critical effort to provide a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, the Family Engagement in...Read more