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Research into Practice: Building Background Knowledge to Support Reading Comprehension

This year, a national conversation about how we teach reading has led to numerous discussions about important research. Jared, Robin, and Brian wrote about it in an Education Week editorial, We Have a National Reading Crisis. One of its "essential insights" is the role of content knowledge in reading success: "Students’ background knowledge is essential … Continue reading Research into Practice: Building Background Knowledge to Support Reading Comprehension

Literacy Is the Innovation Opportunity of 2019

The most exciting and actionable innovation opportunity before us is the potential to improve reading instruction at scale. That’s the conversation we need to be having in every district office. Right now, you may be hearing more about reading concerns. And honestly, those issues are very real. I was proud to co-author a recent Education … Continue reading Literacy Is the Innovation Opportunity of 2019

How to Find the Curriculum Renaissance at ASCD #Empower19 – or From Home

There have been seismic shifts in the curriculum landscape in recent years, and increasingly, there’s buzz about this important, exciting development. Sue Pimentel, lead author of the CCSS in ELA, described it as a “curriculum renaissance” in Education Week. We've seen this firsthand in our curriculum & instruction work. In fact, three of us just … Continue reading How to Find the Curriculum Renaissance at ASCD #Empower19 – or From Home

Mission Field: My Curriculum Journey

I’m incredibly inspired by this moment. Right now, I’m seeing a growing interest in reading instruction, and judging from the chatter in social media, it seems like districts across the country are beginning to have the conversation that we have been having in my district: How to we improve our reading and math instruction system-wide, … Continue reading Mission Field: My Curriculum Journey

I’m passionate about curriculum because I’m passionate about pedagogy

In Daviess County Public Schools, we think about curriculum as the combination of your standards, your resources, and your pedagogy. I know that’s not everyone’s definition… some folks hear curriculum and think “content” while others still seem to confuse curriculum with standards. One of the major problems in public education is that we aren’t always … Continue reading I’m passionate about curriculum because I’m passionate about pedagogy

The urgency I feel around instruction – and why I look to curriculum

In recent years, as I have sought to deeply understand our new standards and put them into practice, I’ve had my eyes widely opened to some serious issues and misunderstandings with the reading instruction in our schools – both in the districts where I served as an educator and in the 15+ districts where I … Continue reading The urgency I feel around instruction – and why I look to curriculum