College Readiness in Writing: What does that really mean?

By Ann David, Dorothy Meiburg Weller, and Amber Funderburgh Teachers, students, and families around the country have finished the last school assignment, packed up lockers and rooms, and are headed into summer.  Summer is about vacation, and looking ahead to next year.  Teachers are rethinking their instruction, perhaps because of Common Core, while students and families…

Writing Assessment: A Creative Approach

By Jeremy Hyler In April, I wrote a post about standardized testing. In that post I mentioned how students’ confidence could rise if they were given the opportunity to do more authentic assessments where they could be creative. Unfortunately, standardized testing does not allow for this.  Students can’t demonstrate their knowledge through any other mode…

Authentic Writing Across the Curriculum

By Brad Currie     Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey, takes great pride in the wide range of innovative learning experiences that students are exposed to on a daily basis. Focusing on digital literacy and building digital capacity are important aspects that we incorporate on a daily basis. Teachers and students take…

Editor Roundup: April 2014 Edition

  These are some of the stories that have been passing through our inboxes, Twitter feeds and Facebook conversation threads. As you read, please consider sharing your thoughts in the comments section, or with a post of your own. We’re always looking for new voices! Here is what our editorial board has been reading these…

Standardized Testing: Then and Now

By Jeremy Hyler I find myself in front of 7th and 8th graders each day, trying to make a positive impact on their personal and academic lives. In today’s world, standardized testing does have an impact on me as a teacher. Now I am on the opposite end of the spectrum from when I was…

Editor Roundup: March 2014 Edition

We are happy to announce the addition of two members to our editorial team.  Lindsay and Amber will be working with us to develop our author coaching practices and to solicit and edit research briefs and talking points.  Our blog is growing! Here is what our editorial board has been reading these last few weeks.…