ICYMI: Most read by educators

Should schools give awards?

Middle-school principal Paula Gosal cancelled her school's annual awards ceremony earlier this year and replaced it with a "success showcase." The decision was based on observations and research showing the downside of awards, such as feelings of resentment and bitterness for those who did not receive them.

Full Story:KQED News

 

4 techniques to improve learning

Modeling proper grammar is one way to help early learners develop language skills, asserts Devin Walsh, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Mississippi. In this commentary, she shares strategies, games and interventions to support language development.

Full Story:The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)

 

Education Dept. seeks changes to 3 states' ESSA plans

US Department of Education officials have requested that officials in Arizona, North Dakota and Vermont revise plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to letters released by the department. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., have submitted plans, and of those, four have been approved.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

 

Report shows research backing Summit schools' approach

A charter-school network in California has released a report that explains the research that supports the Summit Public Schools' approach to teaching and learning. Among other things, it reveals the evidence that supports the network's focus on teaching cognitive skills, content knowledge, habits of success and sense of purpose.

Full Report: The Hechinger Report

 

Strategies to improve students' reading skills

Teaching students to be metacognitive can help them develop stronger reading skills, assert Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, experts in brain-based teaching and leading. In this blog post, they share several tips to help teach metacognitive skills.

Full Story: Edutopia online

 

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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