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  • Mitchell, C. (2017, July 17). For English-Learners, Seeing Peers 'Struggle and Persist' Is Beneficial.

    How quickly English-language learners pick up the language may depend more on the climate in their classroom than on individual grit, new research finds.The research, published in School Psychology Quarterly, questions the effects of grit, one's perseverance towards goals, among younger students, specifically first-and second-generation English-learners.

  • Laffin, J. (2017, July 13). Try this School-Wide Writing Idea: The Cartonera Project.

    Star Center School began their own Cartonera Project in 2013. Every student in the K-5 school writes, edits, illustrates, and publishes a favorite piece of writing. The cartoneras are then displayed around the school during a Cartonera Celebration event. At the event, fellow students, families, and community members read the cartoneras and leave positive written messages called Raves From Readers.

  • Bridgers, G. (2017, October 11). Five Ways to Intentionally Support Reading Independence.

    Students don't become strong readers by chance, but by design. So, what do teachers do differently in classrooms where independent reading (with comprehension) thrives? From shared reading to library set-up, these five tips encompass a variety of ways to create an environment where reading fluency and skill are nurtured through a network of ongoing instructional moves.

  • Frey, N., & Fisher, D. (2017, October 12). Accelerate Learning Through Independent Reading.

    The knowledge economy relies on people who can communicate with others, engage in self-reflection and self-direction, and learn autonomously. In a world where information and technology are moving at ever-increasing rates of speed, our students need to know how to build their knowledge independently and not simply wait passively for someone else to present it to them. The path to building these skills, habits, and dispositions begins with independent reading.

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PovertyUSA is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. An initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PovertyUSA seeks to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.


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LOGO NNPSNational Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.


SAIPECensus Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.



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