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Why Districts Should Re-Evaluate Their Middle School Math Acceleration Programs
This excerpt from the Curriculum Associates’ whitepaper Rethinking Middle School Math Acceleration examines how middle school math acceleration programs can inadvertently hinder student learning and shares how one district analyzed and revised its acceleration program.
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How a Caring Classroom Community Led to Unmatched Engagement

Grade 4 teacher Marcie Burlett, from Henderson County, NC, went above and beyond to create a positive classroom culture that resulted in well-rounded success throughout the pandemic. All of her students met their i-Ready goals, and, most importantly, they felt like they were part of a mutually supportive classroom community.

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Finding Your Why: Teaching Moments We Miss

Kate Gasaway, a former middle school math teacher, reflects on the memories from teaching that have stayed with her. The most powerful memories are, to paraphrase Maya Angelou, the ones that made her feel.

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Girl reading in a hammock in summer.
Diverse Summer Reading Suggestions for Middle School Readers
Magnetic Reading writers and editors share their book recommendations in this culturally responsive summer reading list for middle school students. Titles include fiction and nonfiction, award winners, poetry, and graphic novels.
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Why Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly Is Important
When educators get students’ names right (or at least keep trying to), it can lead to more welcoming classrooms, stronger student–teacher relationships, and a whole host of other positive outcomes that improve learning.
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Grants and Funding Hub

Curriculum Associates' grants and funding team has assembled resources to help educators and administrators make sense of new federal funding sources, plan for summer school, and understand how our programs meet funding requirements.