Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • 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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  • How to support ELL students: A Q&A with Dr. Jim Soland

    How to support ELL students: A Q&A with Dr. Jim Soland

    Dr. Jim Soland, affiliated research fellow with NWEA and assistant professor at the University of Virginia, recently completed a research study exploring the connection between components of......

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  • 5 teacher tips for getting it “all” done

    5 teacher tips for getting it “all” done

    It’s officially fall, and I’m not quite sure where the time went. As I wrote in the late summer, this school year marked the beginning of a... Continue Reading The post 5 teacher tips for getting...

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  • NWEA on the future of state assessment

    NWEA on the future of state assessment

    It’s time to rethink state assessment. District leaders and teachers have long desired less testing―not to mention timelier and more meaningful summative test results. State departments of......

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  • How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Creating the tasks

    How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Creating the tasks

    This is the fourth in a series of posts by Christina Schneider and Robert Johnson about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts as well... Continue Reading The...

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  • Get more from assessment data—and save teachers time

    Get more from assessment data—and save teachers time

    Dr. Tonya Williams, chief academic officer and chief learning officer at Leadership Preparatory Academy in Lithonia, Georgia, knew improving the use of assessment data at her school... Continue...

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  • How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Developing the trajectory

    How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Developing the trajectory

    This is the third in a series of posts by Christina Schneider and Robert Johnson about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts as well... Continue Reading The...

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  • 3 ways to build the differentiated, equitable school of tomorrow

    3 ways to build the differentiated, equitable school of tomorrow

    When looking back at the vision of the future in the 1950s and 1960s—think Epcot or The Jetsons—I’m always struck by how well this vision captured the... Continue Reading The post 3 ways to build...

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  • 4 ways administrators can create an equitable curriculum

    4 ways administrators can create an equitable curriculum

    In my last post, I explored the positive effects an equitable curriculum can have on all students, regardless of their race, socioeconomic background, gender, and other factors.... Continue...

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  • 3 ways Elmira City Schools leverages MAP Suite to boost achievement

    3 ways Elmira City Schools leverages MAP Suite to boost achievement

    Many educators face a challenge that is all too common: how best to support students unlikely to meet grade-level standards. At Elmira City Schools in New York,... Continue Reading The post 3 ways...

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