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Goekler, Susan; Auld, M. Elaine; Birch, David A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Health education offers a natural curricular home for important life skills and ways students can optimize physical, social, and emotional health. Although many schools have implemented social and emotional learning (SEL), health education provides a broader framework by encompassing the connections between physical and emotional health and the…
Descriptors: Role, Health Education, State Boards of Education, Social Development
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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Davidson, Barbara R. – State Education Standard, 2019
Teachers of elementary English language arts/literacy (ELA) tend to line up behind one of two very different approaches to reading instruction. The first approach prioritizes reading comprehension strategies over content. The second rests on the idea that building background knowledge of the world, including the vocabulary that accompanies such…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading Skills
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Cassidy, Bill; Cassidy, Laura – State Education Standard, 2019
Although it affects as many as one in five individuals in the United States and 80 percent of all children labeled as learning disabled, dyslexia remains poorly understood in educational circles. It was the science supporting the clinical diagnosis of dyslexia that led Laura, a physician, and others to start a public charter school in Baton Rouge…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Disability Identification, Dyslexia, Early Intervention
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Duke, Nell K. – State Education Standard, 2019
Reading by third grade is a hot topic. Dozens of state legislatures have passed laws aimed at improving early reading, many of them mandating retention if the job is not done by the end of grade 3. Everyone from philanthropists to publishers, from parents to the press, have fixed on it. And setting aside too many people's assumptions to the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Primary Education, Grade 3
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Kaufman, Julia H.; Opfer, V. Darleen – State Education Standard, 2019
Current state standards set an ambitious vision for English language arts (ELA) and demand much of teachers: They are expected to engage students in close readings of complex, grade-level texts, which in turn requires students to comprehend texts, follow authors' development of ideas, interpret words and phrases, and analyze structure. Yet most…
Descriptors: State Standards, Language Arts, English Instruction, Alignment (Education)
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Shanahan, Timothy; Echevarria, Jana – State Education Standard, 2019
Literacy is increasingly essential for Americans' health, economic well-being, civic engagement, access to higher education, and social participation. Rapid growth in technology and globalization have increased demand for both universal literacy and higher levels of literacy than in the recent past. Yet national and international assessments…
Descriptors: Literacy, English (Second Language), Reading Achievement, National Competency Tests
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Augustine, Catherine H.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan – State Education Standard, 2015
The Wallace Foundation is funding a multiyear demonstration project to determine whether voluntary, district summer learning programs can stem summer learning loss for low-income students. Six districts--Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Duval County (Florida), Pittsburgh, and Rochester, New York--were selected for the demonstration project and…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Program Effectiveness