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U.S. education achievement slides backwards

Substantial decrease in reading scores among the nation's eighth graders

Teaching global warming in a charged political climate

Their training doesn’t cover it, many textbooks don’t touch it, but teachers are taking on climate change anyway

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

Kids take projects more seriously and make interdisciplinary connections, teachers say

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

Schools across the state are ditching A through F report cards and letting students retake tests to emphasize learning over seat time, but each district’s interpretation of proficiency-based learning looks different, and a high profile fiasco in Maine looms large

Knowledge Map

How gaps in content knowledge hold students back

The Knowledge Map project helps districts identify content gaps and close them

history education

Most Mississippians can’t pass U.S. citizenship exam. Is American history education the problem?

Nearly 70 percent of Mississippians failed test of basic knowledge of American history

Students analyze rap lyrics with code in digital humanities class

Some teachers are finding a place for coding in English, music, science, math and social studies, too

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Two educators discuss how and when race, or racism, showed up in their classrooms at the Border Crossers training.

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

Civic engagement matters today more than ever, yet social studies in the early grades are sidelined. To make up for this absence, some educators seek outside training on how to handle sensitive issues in the classroom

Malachi Ballinger, 6, laughs at how far he has made his “pinball” travel during a science lesson in his kindergarten classroom in Redmond, Oregon.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Science has rarely been considered a priority in elementary school, but that may be changing.

Rosy Taveras, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 218 in the Bronx, models fluent and expressive reading.

How to help struggling young readers

Children who can’t read well by third grade are more likely to become drop-outs. Research-based coaching could make a critical difference.

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