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Novel Ideas for Writing Instruction

Tech & Learning | April 4, 2018 

By: Tara Smith 

Edtech tools are helping educators everywhere discover new possibilities for writing instruction. Teachers are happier. They’re reading student work that’s more thoughtful, properly revised, and well researched, and they’re able to give efficient, effective feedback to each student. The teetering stacks of papers waiting to be graded are gone. Trees are happier. And writing students at every level who are inspired by engaging prompts and able to share, collaborate, and access support and informative texts are happier too....

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Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit

EdSurge | Feb. 23, 2017 

By Deborah L. Winston, Ph.D. 

Change, it seems, really is inevitable. After more than a century of operating as the Detroit Public School system, in 2016, our district was re-named the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). With the new name came new expectations, and a new emphasis on literacy.

To best tackle the challenge of improving student literacy, the district’s academic leadership team sought to help all content area teachers in motivating, engaging, and sustaining student interest in reading. Yet we needed to do so while...

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