Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • Formative assessment is not for grading

    Formative assessment is not for grading

    There’s something to love about the first pancake that comes off the grill in the morning. The first pancake usually comes out a little more lumpy, misshapen,... Continue Reading The post...

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  • It’s time to embrace “assessment empowerment”

    It’s time to embrace “assessment empowerment”

    As we near the end of this chaotic COVID school year, assessment processes are top of mind. This final stretch is usually marked by classroom summative tasks... Continue Reading The post It’s time...

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  • How to support math growth with differentiation and scaffolding

    How to support math growth with differentiation and scaffolding

    It has been one year since COVID-19 flipped our world upside down. While hospital beds filled up, classroom desks emptied out. As educators, we were not prepared... Continue Reading The post How...

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  • 3 must-haves for school improvement plans following COVID-19

    3 must-haves for school improvement plans following COVID-19

    We all need something—anything—to make the last impossibly difficult year of COVID-19 learning worth it. What if one of the big rewards at the end of all... Continue Reading The post 3 must-haves...

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  • How to teach in deeply divided times

    How to teach in deeply divided times

    In the past year, educators have heard a lot of talk about students’ social and emotional well-being due to COVID-19–related isolation, diminished interaction with peers and teachers,... Continue...

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  • Best practices in reading instruction for students with dyslexia

    Best practices in reading instruction for students with dyslexia

    Advocates for students with dyslexia are finally gaining more attention, in both the media and legislation. Dyslexia, they note, is more prevalent than many realize, and students... Continue...

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  • This time it’s personal: Making the most of distance learning

    This time it’s personal: Making the most of distance learning

    We’re all looking for silver linings these days. For example, while many of us are weary of living so much of our lives online, we also recognize... Continue Reading The post This time it’s...

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  • 4 things to focus on this spring as you begin your 2021–22 school improvement plan

    4 things to focus on this spring as you begin your 2021–22 school improvement plan

    If you’re a school administrator, you know your state or district will require you to develop a school improvement plan for next school year soon. It will... Continue Reading The post 4 things to...

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  • How to meet math students where they are

    How to meet math students where they are

    Many of us are worried about how kids are doing in math right now. NWEA research released in December 2020 gives us reason to be concerned: students... Continue Reading The post How to meet math...

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  • 5 things to know about the new MAP Reading Fluency Dyslexia Screener

    5 things to know about the new MAP Reading Fluency Dyslexia Screener

    Since 2018, MAP® Reading Fluency™ has made it easier for teachers to understand their students’ reading skills so they can spend more time teaching and less time... Continue Reading The post 5...

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  • Rising to the occasion: 4 lessons learned about virtual teaching during COVID-19

    Rising to the occasion: 4 lessons learned about virtual teaching during COVID-19

    It’s been a year since schools nationwide closed in response to COVID-19, and the shift to virtual learning has been extremely difficult for both teachers and students.... Continue Reading The...

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  • 4 apps you probably don’t use in your classroom—but should

    4 apps you probably don’t use in your classroom—but should

    Even in the best of years, teachers can always use some fresh tactics come early March. It’s post-winter holidays and pre-spring break; it’s not quite one season... Continue Reading The post 4...

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  • MAP Growth data is shaping South Carolina education policy during COVID-19

    MAP Growth data is shaping South Carolina education policy during COVID-19

    South Carolina has its share of challenges. Poverty is pervasive, and the state tends to rank low in educational achievement relative to other states. On the positive... Continue Reading The post...

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  • The case for K–3 screening and intervention for dyslexia

    The case for K–3 screening and intervention for dyslexia

    I vividly remember the first student I worked with at my first job as a special education teacher. Jacob was a sixth-grader, and the road to his... Continue Reading The post The case for K–3...

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  • Early literacy: What we can do during COVID-19

    Early literacy: What we can do during COVID-19

    In December, NWEA shared research about the effects of pandemic-era schooling on reading and math growth. The news looked better for reading than for math. But as... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 5 tips for supporting students with dyslexia during COVID-19

    5 tips for supporting students with dyslexia during COVID-19

    What is that awful sound? Upon hearing the screeching noise, my two middle-schoolers yelled from their rooms, “Be quiet!” My husband shouted the same from his basement... Continue Reading The post...

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  • How to use flexible grouping remotely

    How to use flexible grouping remotely

    My son and three of his fellow seventh-graders were working together on a math assignment the other day. They had recently been introduced to two-step equations. They... Continue Reading The post...

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  • How one alternative high school uses virtual and home visits to support kids during school closures

    How one alternative high school uses virtual and home visits to support kids during school closures

    Picture a high schooler who is deeply engaged in his remote learning community. He actively participates in synchronous class sessions, turns in daily assignments, uses asynchronous resources,......

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  • 2 ways to encourage older readers during COVID-19

    2 ways to encourage older readers during COVID-19

    2020 pulled us into uncharted educational territory, bringing a host of unique challenges for educators to contend with, including how best to serve students’ literacy needs in... Continue...

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  • How MAP Growth helps elementary school teachers differentiate instruction

    How MAP Growth helps elementary school teachers differentiate instruction

    Ask Susan Hankins about the most important factor in her school’s success, and she won’t hesitate to tell you: it’s the teachers. In her tenure as principal... Continue Reading The post How MAP...

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