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Find the latest research, commentary, and resources to empower educators and help all students meet the challenges of higher standards.

3 Things Our ELA Team is Reading Right Now

With the new school year just around the corner (and for some, already beginning), ELA teachers across the country are preparing to usher the next generation further down the path of literacy. To that end, we asked our ELA team to share articles or books that have helped them improve their practice.  Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice …

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The Profound Effects of Language in Both ELA and Math

How do we get students to engage authentically—to genuinely desire to communicate their ideas—in both ELA and math? This is a central question in Dr. Timothy Shanahan’s and Dr. Jeff Zwiers’ keynotes at the summer Standards Institute. United by a desire to improve student outcomes across the country, Shanahan and Zwiers implored participants to examine the role that language, specifically …

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Three Definitions of Equity

We recently sat down with Marc Etienne, Jose Guadarrama, and Norka Padilla to find out how they define equity and what it means in their system and classroom. Marc Etienne – Executive Director for Principal Support and Accountability for Baltimore City Public Schools As the executive director for principal support and accountability for Baltimore City Public Schools, I spend a …

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Interview with Josh Parker

In this episode, Sierah Tyson, the Education Nomad, sits down with Josh Parker of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C. to talk about the inextricable link between standards and educational equity.

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Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

As a team of current and former classroom teachers, curriculum writers, school leaders and educators who have worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, we at UnboundEd know from the experience the hard work teachers face every day as they strive to help all of their students meet the challenges set by higher standards. That’s why Teacher Appreciation Week …

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Leadership and Equity

Conversations about equity often stay in the schoolhouse. The conversation might happen in an afternoon PD session, or it might be a one-on-one discussion with a colleague. But how often do we bring the conversation about equity to the communities in which we serve? More important, have we considered the context of our times and current public opinion of schools? …

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Five Things We’re Reading Now

With the school year entering the final stretch, it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked this school year. In this spring edition of 5 Things We’re Reading Now, the stories we’re sharing include a discussion about the curriculum choices we make and rethinking growth mindset. If these resonate with you, we encourage you to share them with …

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