Learning Loss

Addressing the Summer Slide

In 2012, my wife Barb and I were commiserating about the state of reading in the country—specifically what she, a 4th grade teacher, called ‘the dreaded summer slide’. Far too many kids, particularly from families that struggle, head back into class every fall, with less opportunity than their peers. They are not as engaged. They …

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The Story Behind Education’s Recovery After the Pandemic

Is everyone really ready for all of the faces hiding behind the computers to return to the brick-and-mortar classroom?   Jose’s alarm rang. He rolled over and turned off the alarm on his cell phone. He was used to his new routine of rolling out of bed and opening his computer, as he sat up …

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Poetry: My Story

In 1994, my 6-year-old son Nicholas failed first grade. Testing revealed he could read ten words, showed no strengths, and had a low IQ. The prognosis was dire, his future bleak. Finally, the diagnostician called him: “The worst child I’ve seen in twenty years of teaching.” I had the option to remove my son from …

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illustration of a teacher coping with anxiety; Sharon Gaston Arlington Public Schools illustration

Why Teachers May Feel Anxiety Teaching Remotely or Hybrid During the Age of COVID-19

How technology and district pressure are ringing the anxiety bell for teachers COVID-19 has changed our education system in ways that very few people could have dreamed. Last spring, most schools in the United States closed their doors to thwart the spread of the deadly virus. This fall, some school systems opted for remote learning …

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Child learning letters. Kid with wooden abc blocks; home library

If You Build It, They Will Read

It’s not enough to say that home libraries are important. We need to take it a step further and ask why home libraries are important and how we can help build your student\’s home library. Why a home library? Let’s start with this: “Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more …

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summer reading program article

5 Keys to a Successful Summer Reading Initiative

Kelli Bush with Elizabethtown Independent Schools highlights 5 keys to a successful summer reading initiative, such as Kids Read Now. In her eSchoolNews, December 2020 article, she explains how her district\’s dedication and the Kids Read Now in-home summer reading program are changing her students\’ reading habits for the better. Read the full article here.

book desert

Book Deserts – Blame or Rain

Many kids survive in a \”book desert\” without access to books. Let’s rain books onto every child to create a book oasis instead. “Something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast.” Oh, wait… that’s an oasis. During this current crisis, many of us have spent time creating our own oasis with multiple trips to Home …

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Funding For Education. Cost Of College And Invest In School

Funding to Improve Reading

What are the priorities in your school district? Although sometimes we get lost in athletics and safety, especially during this unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic, improving reading skills across the district is the most important priority for the success of all students. Often money gets in the way of purchasing research-based programs that work, …

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It is the Opportunity Gap, Not the Achievement Gap

We call it the \”achievement gap\” – but isn\’t it really an opportunity gap? A closer look at socioeconomic reading disparities — and how we can help your child to close the gap For decades, efforts to reduce the racial divide on test scores has relied on federal funding to supplement efforts to boost scores …

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