ICYMI: Most read by educators

Want to reduce absenteeism? Consider a letter

Sending parents information about the importance of school attendance may be a way to reduce chronic absenteeism, according to some studies. In one study of nearly 11,000 parents, researchers found that such mailings led to a 15% decline in chronic absenteeism.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Study links teacher race, student performance

Students may do better in school when they are taught by teachers of the same race, according to a survey of 80,000 students. Data show students with such teachers reported being more engaged and putting forth greater effort.

Full Story: National Public Radio

Ideas to ignite a sense of purpose among teens

Some schools are implementing advisory programs to help students find purpose. One such program teaches students that they are in charge of their journeys and equipped with the resources to solve problems.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

Schools prepare for students from Puerto Rico

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, some students and families in Puerto Rico may relocate to the US mainland. School leaders in Florida -- and elsewhere -- say they are ready to help support a smooth transition for such students.

Full Story: National Public Radio

What's the purpose of homework?

If you walk into a typical teachers' workroom and ask the question, "What's the purpose of homework?" you'll likely find that most teachers have a definite opinion. But ask them what research says about homework, and you'll get less definitive answers. What does research really say about homework as a strategy to improve student achievement?

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Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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