The SmartBrief Education team each year celebrates educator voice with the annual Educator's Choice Content Award. Meet this year's winners, Kerry Gallagher and Brian Sztabnik. Read more.
Students attending rural schools generally graduate in four years at higher rates than the national average, but that's not true for black, Hispanic and other nonwhite students in rural areas, according to a report from the Rural School and Community Trust. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show such students also are less likely to enroll in college.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to train scientists, engineers, linguists and others for careers in teaching. The program builds on traditional methods by adding virtual-reality simulations and a competency-based system.
Student performance and principal retention has improved since Chicago Public Schools prioritized recruiting and retaining strong school leaders, acting CPS CEO Janice Jackson said during a recent meeting. Data from a principal survey show retention rates at 85% in 2016-17, compared with 81% in 2015-16.
School leaders often make decisions about filtering internet content in schools, and defining how and what to filter is a good first step, says Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Indiana's Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Jamerson and others offer best practices for filtering.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has determined that the state is fulfilling its education-funding obligations -- overturning a lower court's ruling. The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding is asking the state court to reconsider its ruling.
Some states are having difficulty meeting standards set by the Every Student Succeeds Act for children living in foster care, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Social Change. The analysis found that about 37% of foster care youths nationwide live in states with potential compliance issues.
Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee have voted to advance the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to lead the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. Marcus' nomination has been criticized by some civil rights advocates.
Repeated hits to the head -- not concussions -- may be the cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study led by researchers at Boston University. One of the report authors has joined others in supporting the Legacy Foundation's Flag Football Under 14 initiative, which seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of repetitive hits.
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