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Memphis schools chief looking for new ideas because ‘what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working’
Chalkbeat sat down with Superintendent Joris Ray this week to discuss an initiative on black boys and how he hopes to get more students reading on grade level.
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July 15, 2019
Why one Memphis principal reads bedtime stories to students via Facebook Live
Archie Moss’ weekly bedtime stories attracted global media attention as Memphis leaders search for ways to incorporate literacy into more aspects of student life.
June 27, 2019
Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers
Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" serves English language learners and students struggling with reading — with free activities for siblings, too.
June 20, 2019
Memphis district drops plan to staff school with teacher trainees amid community backlash
Winchester Elementary School will instead enter the Memphis district’s Innovation Zone, a seven-year-old turnaround program that is seen as widely successful.
December 13, 2018
Rise & Shine: Bill requiring letter grades for schools advances
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August 7, 2018
Memphis school would focus on training elementary teachers to boost early literacy
Memphis Teacher Residency would be responsible for staffing the classrooms, but Shelby County Schools would retain administrative control over the school.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
February 16, 2018
After criticism, Denver will change the way it rates elementary schools
The changes will lessen the impact of early literacy test scores on a school’s overall rating.
December 22, 2017
Concerns about reading scores and school ratings prompt Denver district to send letters to families
Early elementary school students in Denver will get individual reading progress reports.
Updated December 15, 2017
Civil rights and community groups: Adjust inflated Denver elementary school ratings
“Parents rely on the accuracy of the district’s school rating system, and providing anything short of that is simply unacceptable."
August 28, 2017
Upward trend: More of Denver’s youngest students are reading at grade-level
Superintendent Tom Boasberg attributed the progress to a $3.8 million investment last year in early literacy.
February 1, 2017
Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better — explained
Lisa Roy recently became Denver Public Schools’ executive director of early education. We sat down with her to talk about a new effort called the Birth to Eight Roadmap.
February 25, 2016
Landmark Colorado reading law draws kudos, concerns from teachers three years in
Three years in, teachers have very different opinions about how Colorado's early literacy law, the READ Act, is impacting kids.
November 23, 2015
Report: Colorado taking its “first steps” when it comes to early literacy policy
A new state-by-state report on early literacy policies ranked Colorado 33, highlighting a few bright spots and several areas that need improvement.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
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