Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • A 2020 resolution: Foster equity in opportunity and outcomes

    A 2020 resolution: Foster equity in opportunity and outcomes

    Abby Javurek, vice president of Educational Solutions at NWEA, was recently awarded first place for her submission to the Fordham Institute’s 2019 Wonkathon. Titled “Beyond the binary:... Continue...

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  • How to use assessment to close gaps and support families

    How to use assessment to close gaps and support families

    Has diversity increased in your school or district since you became an educator? Work by the Pew Research Center has shown that post-Millennials—kids born between 1997 and... Continue Reading The...

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  • Everything you need to know about MAP Accelerator

    Everything you need to know about MAP Accelerator

    Ready to learn about MAP® Accelerator™? Developed by NWEA in partnership with Khan Academy, it helps teachers differentiate math instruction for kids in grades 3–8. I sat... Continue Reading The...

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  • We need your help defining “high growth for all” schools

    We need your help defining “high growth for all” schools

    Over the summer, I spoke with Dr. Andy Hegedus about his recently published research exploring the relationships between poverty and school performance. This month, Andy embarks on... Continue...

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  • The 12 not-to-be-missed Teach. Learn. Grow. posts of 2019

    The 12 not-to-be-missed Teach. Learn. Grow. posts of 2019

    It’s been another great year for Teach. Learn. Grow. Thanks to our readers, of course. As 2019 comes to an end, we’re shaking our heads wondering where... Continue Reading The post The 12...

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  • The 4 words that can turn the tide at any school

    The 4 words that can turn the tide at any school

    Littlestown, Pennsylvania, is a small town in south-central Pennsylvania. The town’s eponymous school district is three buildings big—an elementary, middle, and high school—and serves just under...

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  • 6 steps for building science trajectory-based performance tasks

    6 steps for building science trajectory-based performance tasks

    This is the sixth in a series about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts, and watch our on-demand webinar on this topic. In our... Continue Reading The post...

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  • How to make your kindergartener a book worm

    How to make your kindergartener a book worm

    This fall, my five-year-old daughter started kindergarten—and learning how to read. While she had plenty of practice with letters and their sounds in preschool, she’d never sounded... Continue...

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  • How to advance equity in gifted education

    How to advance equity in gifted education

    Did you know researchers use MAP® Growth™ data to explore how schools and districts can improve opportunities for students? At Texas A&M, Dr. Karen Rambo-Hernández and her... Continue Reading The...

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  • How phenomena can change how you teach science

    How phenomena can change how you teach science

    This is the fifth post in a series about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts, and watch our on-demand webinar on this topic. We... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Here’s how to source and manage student data

    Here’s how to source and manage student data

    In the busy rush of teaching, there’s isn’t always time to look at many data points before making decisions about student learning. But using multiple measures to evaluate... Continue Reading The...

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  • 3 ways to boost your SEL curriculum

    3 ways to boost your SEL curriculum

    My oldest son began second grade this fall. During a recent visit to the grocery store, he started bickering with his older sister. When I threatened that... Continue Reading The post 3 ways to...

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  • How MAP Accelerator makes a difference for kids

    How MAP Accelerator makes a difference for kids

    At Khan Academy, our goal has always been to pinpoint where students are in their learning so we can help them close their learning gaps or move... Continue Reading The post How MAP Accelerator...

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  • 8 tips for bringing Shakespeare—and ELA—to life for students

    8 tips for bringing Shakespeare—and ELA—to life for students

    If you spend quality time with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts, you’ll find very few authors or works of literature mentioned by name.... Continue Reading The post 8 tips...

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  • How to better prepare kids for kindergarten

    How to better prepare kids for kindergarten

    There is something dreadful about testing incoming kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year. When I was a reading specialist, I assessed students entering with... Continue...

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  • 2 ways MAP en español can help your students grow

    2 ways MAP en español can help your students grow

    Do you have Spanish speakers in your school? Teachers need help identifying what students in one-way and two-way dual language programs are ready to learn. They also... Continue Reading The post 2...

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  • The proctor tip you haven’t tried: A mascot

    The proctor tip you haven’t tried: A mascot

    When Alex Martin, lead teacher at Malcolm C. Hursey Montessori School in North Charleston, South Carolina, first learned about the new auto-pause feature in MAP® Growth™, he... Continue...

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  • What is MAP Accelerator? A Q&A with NWEA CEO Chris Minnich

    What is MAP Accelerator? A Q&A with NWEA CEO Chris Minnich

    Educators want to meet the unique needs of their students, but most share two common roadblocks: a lack of time and not enough high-quality resources. Manually connecting... Continue Reading The...

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  • You, too, could raise state scores

    You, too, could raise state scores

    Susan Miller, associate superintendent of curriculum and staff development for the Archdiocese of New York, loves teaching teachers. Since joining the archdiocese in 2017, her focus has......

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  • 8 ways teachers can make a curriculum equitable

    8 ways teachers can make a curriculum equitable

    This post is part of a three-part series on building an equitable curriculum. In my last two posts, I’ve discussed the positive effects of equitable curriculum on... Continue Reading The post 8...

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