About Margy Hillman

Margy Hillman is an experienced educator and writer who develops learning experiences and products that engage the brain and trigger creative and critical thinking. As part of the Let’s Go Learn team, she studies the education environment and learning research, trends, and strategies, documenting the role of Let’s Go Learn products in transforming learning loss into learning gain. She has a BA in English and an MA in American Studies and K-12 and adult teaching credentials. In addition to her work with K-12 teachers and learners, she is an adjunct professor at National University in Strategic Communications.

Dyslexia vs Dysgraphia

Dyslexia vs Dysgraphia Undiagnosed dysgraphia: The serious impact of the least well known learning disorder Just as dyslexia refers in general to learning disorders that affect reading proficiency, dysgraphia refers in general to learning disorders that affect writing proficiency: “At its broadest definition, dysgraphia is a disorder of writing ability at any

By |2024-03-19T15:25:34+00:00March 18th, 2024|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

The Hierarchy of Instruction in Math with Let’s Go Learn

The Hierarchy of Instruction in Math with Let's Go Learn Math competency and 21st-century employment are inextricably linked. However, no matter how you slice it, U.S. student scores on NAEP mathematics assessments demonstrate that year-to-year student achievement is faltering. Further, multiple subgroups are impacted by dismal performance. A recent movement using the umbrella

By |2023-10-12T19:34:57+00:00October 12th, 2023|Math Assessment|0 Comments

Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators

Common Core Math Standards and Fractions The myth that Common Core is “new math” can spell disaster for teachers, kids, and parents. For one thing, Common Core has been around since 2010, so it’s hardly still in its infancy. We call the math  NEW because we still don’t know how to teach the

By |2023-01-26T19:46:32+00:00January 18th, 2023|Math Curriculum|0 Comments

Science of Reading

Multiple Meanings of the Science of Reading Executive Summary The term Science of Reading has long been applied to reading programs and frameworks. It’s undergone a myriad of changes from its early use in the 1800s to describe pronunciation of primer words, to Kenneth Goodman and Frank Smith’s use to describe their

By |2024-03-29T22:40:41+00:00December 15th, 2022|Reading Assessment|0 Comments

IDEA Law: Special Education Funding

“A growing body of research finds that states that have achieved both equity and adequacy see stronger achievement and graduation rates, which translate into societal savings in lower rates of crime, incarceration and welfare and higher rates of employment, wages and taxes.” (Forbes, 2019) IDEA and Special Education Funding IDEA and its

By |2022-10-29T00:42:37+00:00October 29th, 2022|Special Education|0 Comments

Boost Social-Emotional Learning with Let’s Go Learn

Introduction The ultimate goal of our educational system is to provide students with equitable school experiences that integrate academics, positive behavior, and community collaboration. But just a quick look at the graphic below from 2019 NASBE survey findings illustrates the conundrum that all teachers face – too many priorities and too little time

By |2022-09-02T00:02:21+00:00June 3rd, 2022|Education Reform|0 Comments

Dyscalculia Intervention: Definition and Treatment for Students Who Struggle with Math

Introduction Do you have students who do well in most content areas but struggle to learn arithmetic operations and their representative signs? Or perhaps they have difficulty matching a number to the word that represents the number. Your students may have dyscalculia, a learning difference that impacts a learner’s basic math skills and

By |2022-12-08T21:13:57+00:00November 4th, 2021|Math Assessment|0 Comments

Community Schools: Achieving Whole-School Equity

As US educators struggle with how to achieve equity for all students, full-service community schools continue to rise to the top of solutions that demonstrate evidence of breaking the barrier to achievement. The Coalition for Community Schools estimated in 2018 that there are more than 5,000 community schools. The impetus to grow the number

By |2022-09-02T00:28:57+00:00October 27th, 2021|Education Reform|0 Comments

No Child Left Behind Act: The 2001 Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Background: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) To understand No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it’s necessary to quickly review its history as a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. ESEA was a significant part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty

By |2022-09-02T00:52:06+00:00October 25th, 2021|Education Reform|0 Comments

5 Easy Tips to Support & Retain New Teachers

44%+ teachers leave education within their first five years (Council of Exceptional Children [CEC], 2021). What can you do to make them want to stay? Here are 5 easy tips on how to support and retain your new teachers this school year. Tip 1: Welcome the innovation your new teachers bring. Yes,

By |2022-09-22T00:36:31+00:00October 5th, 2021|Education Reform|0 Comments
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