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year in review
December 21, 2018
Our most-read stories of 2018: Curriculum changes, a charter school closing, a new way to train teachers and more
As we head into 2019, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on our top stories and most read stories from last year.
October 15, 2018
Memphis teacher groups want annual pay raises and more say in how they teach their students
If educators vote to negotiate, it will be the first negotiation for the Memphis school district since 2015, and the first since the city’s teacher group split into two.
September 19, 2018
Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing
Aurora discovered that about 40 percent of its third-through-eighth-graders earned zero points on certain writing sections of the state test.
April 25, 2018
Eight things to know about Detroit’s big math and reading curriculum shift
Here’s what we know about the new materials and what we’ll be watching for in the months ahead.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
March 9, 2018
Week in review: An injustice to the children of Detroit
Middle schoolers in Detroit’s main district have been taking pre-algebra classes that have “virtually no relationship” to the state’s mathematics standards. In kindergarten…
Set up to fail
March 8, 2018
The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.
Experts say that Detroit is among hundreds — possibly thousands — of districts across the country that are using textbooks and educational materials that are not aligned to state standards.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
January 31, 2018
How ‘central office’ in Memphis is taking on a new meaning under Sharon Griffin
A year after becoming the first chief of schools, Griffin is working to make central office more responsive to needs of schools rather than imposing top-down mandates.
November 21, 2017
Why the phrase ‘with fidelity’ is an affront to good teaching
What the phrase really means, a Minnesota teacher of the year writes, is that teachers better not change anything to serve their students’ specific needs.
November 2, 2017
A harder English curriculum arrives in Memphis elementary schools next week. Here’s how teachers are preparing.
Shelby County Schools is adding Expeditionary Learning to its curriculum mix as the district seeks to expose its students to more complex reading content.
up to standards
November 22, 2016
Aurora Public Schools hopes a new curriculum — plus a new way of thinking — will equal better math students
Twenty-eight teachers in Aurora are piloting new math curriculum that is expected to better align with state standards and improve understanding of math content.
Common Core confusion
April 5, 2016
Who controls standards? Who controls curriculum? Tennessee lawmakers seek clarity
A bill specifying that the state sets standards, while local districts control curriculum, is advancing through the legislature.
August 3, 2015
Tennessee Blue Book becomes source of online lesson plans
In conjunction with Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office, seven teachers design a curriculum based on the definitive almanac of Tennessee state government.
June 9, 2015
In limited survey, principals say they’re happy with new Common Core materials
Seventy-two percent of the principals said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their math curriculum.
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