#Education

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Journal takes an in-depth look at ESSA—the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2015. The law, which goes into effect starting the 2017-18 school year, seeks to put more control over testing and teacher performance back…
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Differentiation with Interactive OG Makes All the Difference

Today, teachers face a diverse classroom of students with a wide variety of abilities, experiences and backgrounds. With that diversity, differentiation is a crucial tool for educators to reach each and every student where they are and help them to…
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Our favorite TED Talks

With winter break upon us, IMSE wishes you a restful time with friends and family. And if you’re looking for inspiration for the rest of the school year and beyond, we’ve gathered some of our favorite TED talks.
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Michigan Governor to sign a bill holding back failing third graders

Michigan is expected this week to join at least 16 other states that have passed bills into laws calling for public schools to hold back students who fail literacy proficiency testing.
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Because You Can’t, You Won’t and You Don’t Stop: Hip-hop in the Classroom

Students and teachers are using Hip-hop as a dynamic, fun and innovative way to boost reading confidence and increase vocabulary.
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Children’s Books on Women in Government

These have been historic times in America: Hillary Clinton recently became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. But as the candidate herself observed, her achievement did not happen in a vacuum: “It belongs to generations of women and men…
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Guest Column: Books for a First Year Teacher

IMSE’s own Allison Pajor knows what it’s like to be a first year teacher—the excitement, the pressure. She led classrooms for five years at Michigan’s Wayne-Westland Community School District in 5th grade and special education.  In her Journal Guest Column, Allison shares three…
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Reading in the Digital Age

With the nearly-universal availability of the internet, reading has changed dramatically in the last twenty-plus years to become a non-linear, multimedia-rich experience. But what does that mean for the quality of comprehension and the skill of ‘deep reading?’
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Make Learning Fun with Word Games

Stave off the winter blahs and engage your learners with some fast-paced (and addictive) word games! These games focus on word identification, vocabulary and spelling, as well as helping youngsters continue to develop and strengthen their literacy skills. The Journal has gathered…
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Start a Children’s Book Club!

Just as they are for adults, book clubs can be a great way to get children together to read and talk about their favorite titles. The Journal offers some ideas on starting a club for your young readers.
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Get Students Writing on the Right Path!

For years, writing has been the most neglected of the ‘3 R’s.’ At the same time, educators know it’s never too early to get young learners started on the processes and mechanics of writing.    
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Books for Winter Reading

Brrrr! After a relatively mild fall and winter across much of the U.S., temps in the West, Midwest and on the East coast are dipping into the low double and even single digits. When the weather’s a bit too cold to venture…
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Signs of Dyslexia

It’s estimated that 10% or more of the U.S. population is dyslexic. Experts confirm that early detection and remediation is key to providing students with the support they need throughout their schooling. While the signs of dyslexia can vary widely…
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Spelling Matters

In an era of universal spell check and predictive text: does spelling still matter?
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Stages of Reading Development

While every child learns to read at their own pace, there are benchmarks at each stage that parents and teachers can use to make sure their budding readers are on the right track.
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Books for Children About Dyslexia

If you’re a parent of a child with dyslexia, you’ve probably read a number of books about it. But there are a number of great books written for children, both fiction and non-fiction, that address dyslexia and other learning disabilities…
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Fluency Defined

What does it mean to be a ‘fluent’ reader? It seems like a simple question, but for literacy researchers like Dr. Timothy Rasinski of Kent State, the way fluency is measured is key to developing skilled young readers.
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Literacy and Dyslexia Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way for teachers and parents to keep up with current developments in the field of dyslexia and in the world of literacy and reading education. Some podcasts are personal projects, while others are created by educational…
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Stress Management for Students and Teachers

Stress management tips and techniques for students and teachers.
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Profiles in Teaching: Janet and Wayne

It was Christmas of 2010 when Wayne Dennis approached Janet King during a break in their church choir meeting. “I saw that she was grading school papers, so I asked her what she taught,” Wayne remembers.
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Harnessing the Power of Latin and Greek for Early Readers

A generation ago, the study of Latin or Greek was viewed as subject matter mostly for high school or college students—if it appeared on the curriculum at all. Canadian high schools ceased making the study of Latin mandatory in the…
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ELL Students Benefit from Orton-Gillingham Techniques

Many parents and teachers are well aware of the benefits the Orton­-Gillingham method has for students struggling with dyslexia. But public school teachers in New Jersey have found that OG techniques can also work for students learning to read who…
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10 Literacy Tech Tools For the Classroom

No matter whether you’re teaching in a Special Education, ESL or General Ed environment, there’s a large number of apps and web sites out there that can help reinforce and expand vocabulary, strengthen reading comprehension and provide assistance to learning…
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15 Activities and Tips to Keep Children Reading Throughout the Summer

With students out of school and the official start to summer just around the corner, here are some ideas to get—and keep—your kids reading all season long.
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