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Critical Reading and the Importance of Questioning

Critical Reading and the Importance of Questioning At the start of the school year the media usually raises the issue about the increasing number of students who are failing to learn to read. The interesting thing is, there is no evidence that standards of achievement in reading are declining. In fact, the evidence shows that […]

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Supporting English Language Learners

Supporting English Language Learners Since the early 1990s, English language learners have increased over 70% in the United States, making them the fastest growing group of students. With 14 million new immigrants arriving in the United States in the last ten years, it is evident that teachers need to use effective practices to ensure their success in […]

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Learning from a Comprehensive Approach to Adolescent Literacy

Learning from a Comprehensive Approach to Adolescent Literacy Cal Hastings, Generation Ready’s Senior Director of Adolescent Literacy, reflects on a comprehensive approach that he spearheaded to improve the literacy results of approximately 90 New York City middle grades schools in his white paper: Learning from a Comprehensive Approach to Adolescent Literacy. As the former head of the […]

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It’s time to double down on middle school reading

It’s time to double down on middle school reading By: Cal Hastings, Senior Director for Middle School Literacy, Generation Ready Robert Balfanz, the preeminent national scholar on the high school dropout crisis, hits the nail on the head in his June New York Times opinion piece entitled Stop Holding Us Back. Although we should collectively […]

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Personalized learning: Not just for students

Personalized learning: Not just for students Data can, and should, help K-12 leaders offer personalized professional development as well By: Justin Serrano, CEO, Generation Ready Published on: eSchoolNews May 7, 2014 For more than 20 years, educators and ed-tech companies have pursued the promise that technology and personalized instruction can raise student achievement. Sophisticated educational […]

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Professional Development of Teachers is Absolutely Key

Professional Development of Teachers is Absolutely Key By: Dr. Michael Ward Generation Ready Advisory Board Member; Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in Educational Leadership, University of Southern Mississippi March 14, 2014 In Mississippi, as elsewhere, educators and business leaders are asking “How can we better prepare our children to be college and career ready?” […]

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Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform

Overcoming the Assessment Culture to Achieve Real Education Reform By: Dr. Richard Elmore Generation Ready Advisory Board Member; Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education March 3, 2014 Professional development for educators is a fundamental key to large-scale improvement of learning for children. Yet building […]

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How to Ensure Your PD Investment is More Than Window Dressing

How to Ensure Your PD Investment is More Than Window Dressing by: Dr. Michael Ward, Graduate Faculty University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling February 7, 2014 Professional development (PD), when done right, is one of the most important investments a school can make. That’s because it’s not just an investment […]

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