On-Demand Webinar: Teaching Spelling Using a Structured Literacy Approach

Spelling is a key component of reading instruction. Yet, in a time of spell check and LOL, the importance of spelling is often short changed. Learning to spell is essentially a language learning process. We do not remember words simply as strings of letters. Teaching spelling involves teaching about language — its phonemes, graphemes, syllable […]

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3 Must-Have Features of Effective In-Person or Remote Instruction for Students with Word Reading Difficulties

This is the first 30-minute video in an ongoing series of free on-demand professional learning videos from Pivot Learning* that will feature expert advice about supporting students with word reading difficulties. School closures due to COVID-19 this spring highlighted the importance of maintaining high quality-instruction for students with word reading difficulties. As districts determine how [...]
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Equity Reset Toolkit: Re-envision Instruction Through Equitable Systems

While the 2020 pandemic affected all aspects of life, arguably one of its biggest disruptions was to our public education system and the more than 50 million students in it. Our most vulnerable student populations were especially impacted by school closures and social distancing, where they were often left without access to equitable instruction. COVID-19 [...]
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To Keep Students Safe and Learning, California Needs Strong State Leadership

Written by Heather J. Hough, Policy Analysis for California Education; Jennifer O’Day, American Institutes for Research; Arun Ramanathan, CEO, Pivot Learning; and Carrie Gloudemans Hahnel, Independent Education Consultant Published by our partners at Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) In preparing for the next school year, California state policymakers must set clear statewide expectations for […]

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Confronting a Racist System

At the beginning of the week, we released a brief statement from Pivot Learning condemning the murder of Mr. George Floyd. As the week has progressed, I wanted to share some additional personal reflections. Decades ago, I walked into my first classroom of students with emotional disturbance. The first thing I noticed was that nearly […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Equity at the Local Level: Early COVID-19 Response in California School Districts

What can we learn from California school districts’ early response to COVID-19?  Find out during this on-demand webinar, presented by Pivot Learning and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). To aid in both local and state decision-making, Pivot Learning and PACE have been documenting promising practices at school districts in California. In this webinar, we'll [...]
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Pivotal News, May 2020 Edition

Take a look at the latest updates and information about how Pivot Learning, our subsidiary CORE, and our partners are continuing to support educators, students, and families during the COVID-19 crisis. We're excited to share our free Equitable Learning Recovery Toolkit created in collaboration with UnboundEd, insights from experts about the initial challenges and needed [...]
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On-Demand Webinar: The Role of High-Quality Instructional Materials in Distance Learning

How will you ensure teachers and students have access to high-quality instructional materials that support distance learning this fall? This spring, COVID-19 changed our collective expectations for teaching and learning. School closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have forced educators to face innumerable challenges. One of the more persistent challenges: adapting instructional materials for distance [...]
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Free Equitable Learning Recovery Toolkit for 2020-21 Planning

At the end of a typical school year, districts and schools are in the throes of assessing for student growth, planning teacher professional development, and laying the groundwork for a successful school year. But 2019-20 was no ordinary school year. District leaders need to look back and reflect on what happened, how it impacted instruction [...]
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Insights from the Field: How Districts Can Support English Learners During School Closures

The insights in this article are summarized from conversations held by Sophie Green and Priyanka Kaura, Pivot Learning, with Zeynep F. Beykont, Ed.D., Independent Educational Researcher, Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, CBAP Coordinator, Lurie College of Education, SJSU, and Joanna Yip, Ph.D., Multilingual Learner Instructional Specialist. We appreciate all of the extraordinarily hard working English Learner advocates, experts, [...]
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