News You Can Use (in the Classroom)

I am a news junkie. I soak up news, hard copy and virtual, scan news breaks, scour features and profiles that outline and probe the characters and issues that shape the local and national agenda, and seek information that reflects and illuminates the arguments that...

Creating a Coherent Improvement System

In January 2009 The National Center for Education Achievement (NCEA) published its research on higher performing school systems. The NCEA Core Practice Framework: An Organizing Guide to Sustained School Improvement is designed to help educators and policymakers...

The Textbook: Your New Best Friend (Part III)

In my last post, I laid out a simple process for getting students familiar with your textbook before you ask them to use it.  In a way, we can think of that process as the foundational “pre-reading” strategy that goes global, not specific to one piece of...

Response to Intervention Research, Series #5

Recommendation 2: Instructional materials for students receiving interventions should focus intensely on in-depth treatment of whole numbers in kindergarten through grade 5 and on rational numbers in grades 4 through 8.  These materials should be selected by...