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

Interview with Dr. Andrew Chen

The math standards can help more students progress, but only if teachers understand them. To help more teachers use the math standards effectively, UnboundEd asked Dr. Andrew Chen, President of EduTron, to discuss the math standards and the type of instruction they require. In this podcast, Dr. Chen explains: The standards from a historical context and how key turning points …

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Gifts From Grandma

Watch as students solve and then discuss an Equal Groups/Group Size Unknown problem. A student uses a level-3 multiplication and division strategy to simplify the problem and make solving it easier. The video shows: Practices that engage students in solving Equal Groups/Group Size Unknown problems. One student decomposing the dividend to complete division with more familiar numbers and a second …

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5 Things We’re Reading

This month’s issue of 5 Things We’re Reading is a selection of recent studies, news, and commentary on topics that affect educators in our community. Next time you read something that resonates with you, share it with us on Twitter by mentioning @unboundedu. You can also add your comments by posting this reading list on Facebook. 1. Education inequalities at the school …

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Bear Bag: Tactics for Early Elementary Engagement

Preschool teacher Julie Litwin uses props and engaging questions to make complex science comprehensible to preschool students. In this video, Litwin, an experienced preschool teacher and the assistant director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Albany, New York, demonstrates an introduction to polar bears. Her multi-prop lesson includes using straws and black paper to explain how a polar bear absorbs heat …

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Educating Mitchell: A Tale of Undoing Bias and a Charge for Change

How often do you think about your privilege and how it may come across in the classroom? Implicit bias is prevalent in our schools, and most times, Black and Latino students bear the brunt of the bias that lives in all of us. In this keynote address from our Summer 2017 Standards Institute, Kristen Ehlman and Lacey Robinson discuss how …

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Replace FOIL with Conceptual Understanding

In this video, Dr. Andrew Chen explains why math educators should replace the “one trick pony” FOIL method with a conceptual instruction that students can apply in multiple situations. Dr. Chen describes: Why the traditional FOIL method most of us learned doesn’t work anymore How to lead students through a “scenic route” that helps students understand why a problem-solving approach …

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Our 5 Most-Read Blogs

In education, knowledge has the most value when it is shared. When we build community around common goals and work to learn from one another, we can reach those goals faster. Here are the top 5 blogs that resonated most with you.

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