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The Early Grades
Volume 78, Number 3
The November 2020 issue of Educational Leadership examines what the youngest learners in our schools need to get a great start. Our expert authors share strategies and research for supporting students in Grades K–3—especially in this time when much learning still needs to happen remotely and families face unusual pressures.
14 In a Time of Calamity, What Do Children Need from Us?
We may not have all the answers, but we can give children our care——and our presence.
20 Teaching Young Children Remotely
Wendy L. Ostroff
Early-grade students need social interaction and play to learn. How does that translate to the screen?
26 When Young Readers Get Stuck
Nell K. Duke
There’s an art—and science—to providing prompts for young readers when they struggle.
34 To Be Young, Gifted, and Innocent
To better support and nurture young students of color, educators must confront harmful stereotypes.
40 Classroom Management as a Curriculum of Care
Classroom management can be an opportunity to teach young children what it really means to take care of each other.
46 There’s More to Emotional Self-Regulation Than Meets the Eye
Lee Ann Jung
Teaching of self-regulation skills has to go beyond praise and censure.
52 Mindsets Matter for Early Identification
Educators must move beyond a “wait-and-see” approach to help young children with learning disabilities get the help they need.
58 A Scientific Age
Now more than ever, we need to prioritize science literacy beginning in the earliest years of school.
66 Honoring All Their Languages
Cultivating multilingualism in early-grade classrooms can have lasting benefits for students.
9 Reader’s Guide / Care in the Curriculum
74 Research Matters / Outside and Inspired
Bryan Goodwin and Tracie Corner
Will the pandemic nudge us to explore the value of outdoor education?
76 Show & Tell: A Video Column / Direct Instruction in Early Reading
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Direct instruction is key to teaching reading but often misunderstood.
78 Leading Together / Leading Alongside New Teachers of Color
Jill Harrison Berg, Quayisha Clarke, and Emmanuel Fairley-Pittman
School leaders must embrace these novice—and passionate—teachers as changemakers.
80 Confronting Inequity/ A United Front on Equity
Matthew R. Kay
To advance equity work in schools, teachers and school leaders have to have each others’ backs.
82 ASCD Policy Priorities / Tracking the Education Priorities in Party Platforms
Excerpts from the parties’ platforms show contrasting views and plans.
6 Readers React
73 Whole Child Spotlight / The Centrality of Early-Grade Learning
81 Index to Advertisers
84 Tell Us About
Readers share the best and hardest aspects of teaching in the early grades.
86 ASCD Community in Action
88 EL Takeaways
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Beyond Counting Apples
Let’s give our youngest learners the freedom to be creative in their thinking.