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Five Reading Scaffolding Techniques
This excerpt from National Director of Content and Implementation Kandra James’s whitepaper “Reading Scaffolds: Instructional Tools for Our Focus toward Grade-Level Reading” describes five proven reading scaffolding techniques that can be implemented in any classroom.
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How to Host a Summer Learning Challenge

Highland Elementary School in Riverside, Iowa, started its popular i-Ready Summer Challenge to keep students who weren’t attending summer school learning. Learn how they do it so you can replicate a similar program for your students.

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Educators Share Their “Whys”: The Reasons They Teach
In this post, Sari Laberis shares educators’ “Whys,” their reasons for doing what they do, in the hopes that their poignancy, humor, playfulness, and honesty inspire even more educators to reflect on what drives them.
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“Both And”: Why Students Need Both SEL and Rigorous Instruction as Schools Reopen
Some educators argue schools should focus solely on SEL or academics as they reopen, but in this opinion piece, Curriculum Associates’ Ken Tam argues that an either SEL or rigorous instruction approach isn’t what’s best for students. What will work? A “both and” approach.
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Lee County Prioritizes Family Engagement on Multiple Tracks
Florida’s Lee County School District has implemented districtwide and school-based strategies to increase student ownership and parent engagement. As a result of dedicated efforts, students have succeeded in their use of i-Ready, and parents feel more informed and able to support learning.
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