Common Core brings changes to reading instruction (NPR): Teachers like Amy Wertheimer in Washington, D.C., are shifting the way they teach reading in response to the new Common Core standards. In Wertheimer’s fifth-grade classroom, students read through nonfiction, “informational texts” together and answer comprehension-based questions as a group.
Mayor Murray calls for collaboration with district officials (KPLU): The Seattle City Council is set to approve a plan next week that would create a city Department of Education and Early Learning. “This isn’t about turf,” Murray said during a “State of the District” speech Monday evening.
New York Debate League draws mix of students (The New York Times): A long-running debate program for middle-school students in the New York City creates an environment where affluent students from private schools and low-income students from public charter schools frequently cross paths.