How Two-Way Communication Can Boost Parent Engagement

When educators added one thing to their schools, their at-risk students’ grades improved immediately.1 They also noticed higher homework completion rates, more classroom participation, and fewer absences.2,3 Parents even seemed more satisfied with how teachers ran their classrooms. Teachers, too, saw themselves as competent and more fulfilled. What was this magical element that revolutionized their […]


7 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Annotate

For many educators, annotation goes hand in hand with developing close reading skills. Annotation more fully engages students and increases reading comprehension strategies, helping students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for literature. However, it’s also one of the more difficult skills to teach. In order to think critically about a text, students need to […]


How Parent Involvement Leads to Student Success

What’s the most accurate predictor of academic achievement? It’s not socioeconomic status, nor how prestigious the school is that a child attends. The best predictor of student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education.1 When parents are engaged in their children’s school lives, students […]


Education Talk Radio: “Curriculum Design for Independent Reading”

On this episode of Education Talk Radio, host Larry Jacobs speaks with Marika Ismail, Director of Curriculum Development at Waterford, about incorporating quizzes, annotations, and multimedia content into lessons on Curriculet. Marika has worked with Curriculet since its founding in 2012. Now a division of Waterford, Marika oversees a team of writers who create new […]


End Bullying: October is National Bullying Prevention Month

More than one in five students reports being bullied at school each year. From name calling, being made fun of, threatened or physically harmed, adolescents who are picked on by bullies find that it can be fearful or emotionally damaging to go to school. Raising more awareness To raise more awareness of bullying, every October […]


Get Your New “Read Aloud” Summer 2018 Campaign Materials

We love supporting Read Aloud, a national campaign that encourages reading aloud each day for fifteen minutes from birth. Reading aloud is “the single most important activity” that parents can do with their children. In fact, research shows that by age three, there is a gap between early brain development in children whose parents read […]