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January 4, 2019
I’m a Chicago teacher who has watched many Javions fall through the cracks. Here’s what would help.
In Chicago, a district that prides itself on its variety of choices for families, Javion’s story is an illustration of how little schools can have in common.
How I Teach
December 18, 2018
Why Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year uses penguins to help her first-graders grow as readers, writers, and thinkers
In a Chalkbeat Q&A, Melissa Miller shares why teaching reading is her greatest passion, how she partners with parents to build a classroom rapport, and more.
December 17, 2018
McQueen ends her Tennessee tenure the same way she started — focused on reading
In her swan song tour of the state, the outgoing education commissioner offers both encouragement and strong talk about Tennessee's illiteracy problem.
December 14, 2018
Chicago schools don’t have a plan for teenagers who struggle to read
What it will take to get students like Javion Grayer to read on grade level, is multipronged, literacy experts say. Javion, 16, reads at a second grade level.
December 11, 2018
How it feels to be Javion: 16 and struggling to read in Chicago Public Schools
Javion Grayer’s aunt had given him the book thinking he might connect with the main character: a black teenager in crisis, struggling to…
November 13, 2018
Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!
Lately, lots of people are talking about reading. Specifically, how it’s taught (or not) in America’s schools. Much of the…
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
Updated August 29, 2018
Chicago students show slight gains in math on national exam, while reading plateaus
Chicago students showed small gains in math but saw scores flatline in reading, according to new test scores released Wednesday.
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July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
November 2, 2017
A harder English curriculum arrives in Memphis elementary schools next week. Here’s how teachers are preparing.
Shelby County Schools is adding Expeditionary Learning to its curriculum mix as the district seeks to expose its students to more complex reading content.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
August 16, 2017
More literacy coaches to bolster Tennessee’s drive to boost student reading
Two-thirds of the state's school districts will participate in Tennessee's literacy coaching network as the program begins its second year this fall.
July 19, 2017
How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading
Beginning in the earliest grades, reading goes far beyond sounding out words at Nashville Classical Charter School.
Read to be Ready
February 23, 2017
McQueen takes stock of Tennessee’s literacy campaign after first year
The state is making progress with its youngest readers, but still has a long way to go, says its education commissioner.
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