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 Pub Number  Title  Date
WWC PGLIT21 Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Young learners need strong foundational reading skills to achieve literacy success. This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, has evidence-based recommendations that teachers, reading coaches, principals, and other educators can use to improve literacy in the early grades. Developed by a panel of experts, the strategies in this guide focus on ways to improve alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary instruction, as well as how to teach a range of other academic language skills. The guide also discusses using an integrated approach to instruction that can help improve early reading achievement. For more on preparing students to be successful readers, the WWC offers a companion practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.
7/5/2016
WWC PGELL19 Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School
As English learners face the double demands of building knowledge of a second language while learning complex grade-level content, teachers must find effective ways to make challenging content comprehensible for students. This updated English learner practice guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School, provides four recommendations for teaching complex content to English learners while simultaneously building academic language and writing and oral language proficiency.
4/1/2014
WWC PGM1418 Teaching Math to Young Children
By the Numbers: Five Evidence-Based Recommendations for Teaching Math to Young Children gives a brief overview of the essential features of the WWC practice guide, Teaching Math to Young Children. The publication is designed to give those new to the WWC and the practice guide an introduction to the guide and the five practical, evidence-based recommendations in it. It includes details on the number of action steps, examples, illustrations, and solutions that practitioners will find in the guide. Readers will see how the practice guide content is designed to help them get the most out of the recommendations.
2/10/2014
WWC PG01813 Practice Guide: Teaching Math to Young Children
Before they even enter a classroom, many children show an interest in math. They notice basic shapes, examine patterns, and practice counting. Teachers can build on this curiosity and get children excited about math with five recommendations from the new What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide, Teaching Math to Young Children.

To succeed in school, children need to develop skills in five critical early math areas: number and operations, geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis. These are complex concepts for young minds. With techniques found in the guide, teachers can make math a daily experience that children enjoy and can succeed in.

Recommendations include the following:

  • Help your students take the next developmental step in learning math by building on what they already know. Every classroom has children at different levels of progression, so utilize small-group activities to target different skill levels.
  • To get the most out of your math instruction, continually monitor childrenís progress so you can tailor your future lessons to their needs. Gather specific information about each childís skill level, such as how they perform on new tasks, and watch how they complete each activity.
  • Make math a part of the school day and create a math-rich environment. Use math concepts such as numbers and shapes to label things like classroom rules or lunch tables. This will help children see how math plays a part in everyday activities.
The research base for this guide was identified through a comprehensive search for studies evaluating instructional practices for teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten, or kindergarten programs.
11/19/2013
WWC PGAA17 Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

This practice guide provides four recommendations for improving elementary students' writing:

  1. Provide daily time for students to write
  2. Teach students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes
  3. Teach students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing
  4. Create an engaged community of writers
  5. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. Supporting evidence is drawn from a range of literature, from rigorous experimental studies to expert reviews of practices for teaching writing. Evidence ratings reflect the degree to which each recommendation is supported by high-quality experimental and quasi-experimental design studies that meet WWC standards.

    This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students.

6/26/2012
WWC PGMIM12 Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8
This practice guide provides five recommendations for improving students' mathematical problem solving in grades 4 through 8:
  1. Prepare problems and use them in whole-class instruction.
  2. Assist students in monitoring and reflecting on the problem-solving process.
  3. Teach students how to use visual representations.
  4. Expose students to multiple problem-solving strategies.
  5. Help students recognize and articulate mathematical concepts and notation.
  6. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. Supporting evidence is drawn form a range of literature, from rigorous experimental studies to expert reviews of practices and strategies in mathematics education. Evidence ratings reflect the degree to which each recommendation is supported by high-quality experimental and quasi-experimental design studies that meet WWC standards. This guide is for teachers, math coaches, other educators, and curriculum developers who want to improve the mathematical problem solving of students.

5/22/2012
WWC 20104039 Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade
A high percentage of U.S. students lack conceptual understanding of fractions, even after studying fractions for several years. The Practice Guide "Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade" offers evidence-based recommendations for improving students' understanding of fractions. The guide is based on an extensive review of the literature and is designed for educators who work with students in kindergarten through 8th grade, when almost all instruction in fractions takes place.

The guide addresses early developing concepts of fractions, computation with fractions, and the more advanced topics of ratio, rate, and proportion. The panel's recommendations reflect the perspective that conceptual understanding of fractions is essential for students to learn about the topic, to remember what they learned, and to apply this knowledge to solve problems involving fractions. The guide provides detailed information for implementing five recommendations: (1) Build on students' informal understanding of sharing and proportionality to develop initial fraction concepts; (2) Help students recognize that fractions are numbers and that they expand the number system beyond whole numbers. Use number lines as a central representational tool in teaching this and other fraction concepts from the early grades onward; (3) Help students understand why procedures for computations with fractions make sense; (4) Develop students' conceptual understanding of strategies for solving ratio, rate, and proportion problems before exposing them to cross-multiplication as a procedure to use to solve such problems; and (5) Professional development programs should place a high priority on improving teachersí understanding of fractions and of how to teach them. Each recommendation includes a summary of supporting research, implementation strategies, and potential roadblocks and solutions.
9/30/2010
WWC 20104038 Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
The purpose of the Practice Guide "Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade" is to help teachers, reading coaches, principals, and other educators successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers. This guide focuses on reading comprehension abilities that may be taught specifically to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Specifically, it focuses on three areas that current research on reading indicates are critical to building a young studentís capacity to comprehend what he or she reads: knowledge and abilities required specifically to comprehend text, thinking and reasoning skills, and motivation to understand and work toward academic goals. This guide includes five recommendations that the panel believes are a priority to implement: (1) Teach students how to use reading comprehension strategies; (2) Teach students to identify and use the text's organizational structure to comprehend, learn, and remember content; (3) Guide students through focused, high-quality discussion on the meaning of text; (4) Select texts purposefully to support comprehension development; and (5) Establish an engaging and motivating context in which to teach reading comprehension. Each recommendation includes a summary of supporting research, implementation strategies, and potential roadblocks and solutions.
9/28/2010
WWC 20094066 Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do
Access to higher education remains a challenge for many students who face academic and informational barriers to college entry. This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
9/15/2009
WWC 2009012 Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement
Out-of-school time programs can enhance academic achievement by helping students learn outside the classroom. The five recommendations in this guide are intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. The guide also describes the research supporting each recommendation, how to carry out each recommendation, and how to address roadblocks that might arise in implementing them.
7/21/2009
WWC 20094060 Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools Taking early action may be key to helping students struggling with mathematics. The eight recommendations in this guide are designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators use Response to Intervention for the early detection, prevention, and support of students struggling with mathematics.
4/21/2009
WWC 20094045 Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RtI and multi-tier intervention methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress.
2/18/2009
WWC 2008012 Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom
Designed for elementary school educators and school- and district-level administrators, this guide offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities.
9/23/2008
WWC 20084025 Dropout Prevention
Geared toward educators, administrators, and policymakers, this guide provides recommendations that focus on reducing high school dropout rates. Strategies presented include identifying and advocating for at-risk students, implementing programs to improve behavior and social skills, and keeping students engaged in the school environment.
9/23/2008
WWC 20084027 Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.
8/26/2008
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