SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / January 2011 /

SEDL in the News
"Where the Achievement Gap Is Born: A Letter to Cathie Black," which recently appeared in the Huffington Post, discusses the importance of high-quality early childhood education in student achievement. The post also mentions SEDL's research synthesis Readiness: School, Family, and Community Connections.

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Improving Math and Reading Instruction

SEDL Researchers Looking for Study Volunteers

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Researchers at SEDL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are undertaking a study that will determine the impact of Imagine It!, an Open Court Reading program, and Everyday Mathematics on teacher practices and student academic achievement. They are currently looking for 15 school districts throughout the nation to participate in the study.

To be eligible to participate, districts need to have at least four elementary schools containing kindergarten through fifth grade that are willing to implement either Imagine It! or Everyday Mathematics. These schools must have at least 44 students in each grade included in the study (K–5). Participating schools will receive approximately $3,200 worth of Imagine It! or Everyday Mathematics materials for each classroom as well as training and technical support for the duration of the study. By participating, schools are taking action that may increase students’ performance on state-mandated reading and math assessments.

The study begins in the 2011–2012 school year and will last for 3 years. Learn more about the study by visiting If you have questions or would like to nominate your district, contact Dewi Smith at (800) 476-6861 or by e-mail at

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Strengthening Literacy Programs and Instruction
The most recent issue of the Southeast Comprehensive Center's eBulletin discusses how states can help high-need districts implement quality literacy instruction. States are encouraged to take the following steps:
  • Logistics
    • Organize a task force with representatives from all stakeholder groups.
    • Establish a working timeline.
  • Research Support
    • Decide on a definition of literacy within the context of standards, a clear vision and mission, and comprehensive instructional needs.
    • Gather and review key research and samples of other states' literacy plans.
  • Requirements
    • Become knowledgeable about the requirements for an evidence-based, comprehensive statewide literacy plan.

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  SEDL Letter
Two recent issues of SEDL Letter address math and literacy instruction.

SEDL Letter 22.1 addresses challenges and solutions related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) instruction, including professional development, evaluation, and recent research.
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SEDL Letter 19.2 examines study groups, organizing the classroom for effective reading instruction, strengthening literacy through father-child interactions, and systemic approaches to reading and school improvement.
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