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Kristen Thorson is a Getting Smart Columnist. She is known for her experience as a teacher, interventionist, and curriculum and assessment developer. Connect with her on twitter: @kristenthorson

Small Talk, Big Benefits: Adding Conversations to Reading and Everyday Moments

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By: Erin Gohl & Kristen Thorson. Reading with children has a plethora of developmental benefits. Recent research suggests dialogic, or conversation-based, reading can even further broaden and deepen the benefits of the reading experience.

3Dux|Design: Out-of-the-Box Thinking, Right Out of the Box

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3Dux|Design emphasizes process over product, promoting design thinking by creating pathways for innovative learning.

Is My Child Ready? Broadening Conceptions of Back to School Readiness

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson Most parents awaken to the dawn of summer with the best intentions of continuing their children’s...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Creating a Culture of Appreciation

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, Erin and Kristen invite us to recognize the importance of honoring teachers and their meaningful work.

The Educational Implications of Michelle Obama’s Becoming

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Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson share insights from Michelle Obama’s biography, Becoming, and how parents, teachers and mentors supported her education. Read as they share her mission to provide educational structures, policies, and programs that show all students that they matter.

Ensuring Readiness for All Through Math Literacy

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Bob Moses has spent his life advocating, organizing, and teaching in pursuit of equality and access for all. Over the last several decades, he has continued that fight for equal opportunity and access, with a similar urgency and fervor. This time, however, the goal is to ensure sufficient access and support for math preparation for minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

New Guide Helps Parents Support Students in LEADing in Their Learning

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Following the success of both the "Learning Differences MOOC-Ed" for educators and the "Students LEAD" course, The Friday Institute launched "Letting Students LEAD," a parent-directed companion resource to further support maximizing student learning.

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