ICYMI: Most read by educators

How some school leaders curb teacher absences

School leaders use strategies such as incentives, policy tweaks and improvements in workplace culture to help reduce teacher absences. Principal Brian Lile says regular attendance helps model "appropriate behaviors for our students."

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

How do brain breaks benefit learning?

Recent research supports the use of breaks during the school day to help students prepare for learning. Benefits, researchers say, include improvements in focus, mood and motivation. Full Story: Edutopia online

Report questions college-admissions testing trend

Some states have replaced state standardized tests with college-admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT. A recent report questions this practice, noting it may not be an accurate measure of student mastery of state academic standards.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Teacher uses music to boost math learning

Music can help students remember math concepts, according to research. Middle-school math teacher Jami Jorgensen puts research into practice in her classroom, where she says music has helped boost students' test scores, engagement and classroom climate.

Full Story: EdSource

"3D Community" model helps serve at-risk students

School leaders in a Michigan district have adopted a "3D Community" model to help close the achievement gap for at-risk students. In this commentary, administrators Rose Aldubaily and Glenn Maleyko describe the model and how it has helped improve student outcomes.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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