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  • Let IRA Be Your Guide Through a Loud Public Debate

    At IRA, we believe our job is to convene the collegial dialogue and the debate in a way that ultimately informs good practice for inclusion in education policy.
  • The 'Maker Movement' Has a Place in All Disciplines

    This maker movement isn’t necessarily something new, I have allowed my students to play and tinker with reading and writing.
  • Do We Underestimate the Power of the Story?

    Some have reading issues, while others have issues with what they're reading.
  • Book Challenge Procedures: Recipes are Intended to be Followed

    One of the best safeguards against censorship is having a policy and procedure—a recipe—in place for almost any situation.
  • Learning Through Serving the Community

    Service-learning is a way of learning with the head, the heart, and hands—a learning that transforms students.
  • Justin Stygles: Light the Fire in Your Students' Eyes

    We shape the future—that is about as tried and true as clichés can be, but it’s very true. As we all prepare to start school again, from Mass Customized Learning to Units of Study to Teacher Evaluation Frameworks, there is one thing that never changes above all else. Are the students ready to come back and are they excited to have YOU as their teacher?
  • Hard-Copy Graphic Novels Are Vital for ESL Students

    The spread of apps on so-called ‘smartphones’ and other slightly larger handheld devices have enabled readers to view and read massive amounts of content online. But what about adolescent English language learners (ELLs), especially those emigrating and or fleeing from much poorer societies?
  • Teacher Leaders Drive Change

    The approach to public education is in the biggest reform ever. With Learning Focused Schools, Direct Instruction model, baseline data, teacher performance pay, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and more, it is more important than ever to have the support of the people whom these reform efforts impact the most, the classroom teacher.
  • Afif Can Read

    All I know to do with Afif is to keep plugging away with the basics. I set him up with lots of partner reading. I work with him on letter recognition and phonemic awareness activities. Still, in fourth grade, he can’t read a lick.
  • Develop a New Attitude about PD

    In schools around the world, teachers and administrators are participating in professional development. It is a term beginning to be thrown around lightly. “I think I am going to take off Friday so I can skip PD.” “The students have the day off so we can attend yet another pointless professional development.” Although professional development is aimed towards improving teaching practices, some teachers see PD as a common time where teachers can catch up on grading papers, check their emails, or use the time to scroll their cell phones to see the latest trends in social media.
  • Growing a Love for Reading: It's Never Too Early

    Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released an important policy statement, "Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice," reiterating what reading teachers have known for a long time: Reading regularly with young children builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

  • Motivation, Gratitude, Interventions, and a Yellow Lab

    I will be forever grateful to Danny Dog for motivating many of my first grade friends to want to read and write. The Danny series was one of the best investments our district purchased as an intervention/motivating choice for my first grade classroom library.
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