Some Kentucky elementary-school teachers will make literacy centers part of daily instruction beginning in the fall -- part of an effort to improve reading skills. Teachers attended recent training sessions on how to best use the centers, which are stations throughout the classroom where students can work alone or with a group. "[Literacy centers] give students ownership over their own learning, and they're a better use of time in a classroom where you have kids reading at all different levels," one instructional coach said.

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