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English Language Arts Practices

How do we determine that students are increasing their literacy skills as they progress across grade levels?
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A Visit to Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary School

Though this literacy program uses leveled readers, it focuses on building knowledge through topic-based units and ensures students are not limited to a single reading level
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The Daily Write

Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice
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Materials Alignment Quick Check

Introducing a new evidence catcher to facilitate instructional materials decisions
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Don’t be afraid to ask…

Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education questions
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Instead of…Try This

Avoid common pitfalls in the ELA classroom with these strategies
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Blended Learning: The Station Rotation Model

Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work

Reading to Learn

Strategies to build a love of learning through content-rich nonfiction
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The Essential Elements of an ELA Curriculum

Standards co-author Susan Pimentel explains how the elements of a high-quality ELA program contribute to student learning. She pinpoints where many current programs are missing the mark.
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How to Create Book Baskets

Designing book baskets to boost motivation, enthusiasm and engagement
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Determining Reading Fluency

Learn how to determine a student’s current reading fluency level and pinpoint problems impeding students from becoming fluent readers
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Building Reading Fluency

Four classroom strategies that can help build fluent readers
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What is Reading Fluency?

Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency
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Introduction to Argument Writing

A long-time middle school teacher and writing expert explains how to design strong writing instruction
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Assessment Item Alignment Modules

Learn how examining assessment items can be a source of professional development and deepen your understanding of the Shifts
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Adapting Journeys Common Core

A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
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Unlocking the Power of Aligned Materials

How the Louisiana DOE is developing PD and looking for connections to help all districts maximize the impact of standards-aligned materials
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The Shifts and ELLs

An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners