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Education Digest February 2018

November 2017 Volume 83, No.3

Countering Students’ Negative Narratives - Jason D. DeHart / Teaching Tolerance

Students’ beliefs about themselves—their narratives—can profoundly influence whether or not they think they can succeed in school. Teachers can help them address negative views with positive counter narratives.

Making the Case for More Civics in the Classroom -Tom Chorneau / Cabinet Report

Advocates are pushing for increased federal funding to support instruction in a number of liberal arts subjects, including civics..

Sub Shortage Leaves Schools Scrambling - Tara Garcia Mathewson / The Hechinger Report

Many schools frequently have more teacher absences than substitutes available to fill them. For a variety of reasons, the shortage of substitutes has grown dramatically in recent years and schools with concentrated poverty and many students of color are the most affected.

Promoting Local Innovation and Options in Public Ed - Jordan Posamentier, Robin Lake, and Paul Hill / CRPE

Under ESSA, states have increased power, yet are still limited in their ability to improve student outcomes. Many districts are initiating positive innovations and improvements that state policymakers can encourage.

Helping Teachers Become Leaders - Erin Mack Trapanese / TNTP

A robust teacher leadership program can make principals’ workloads more manageable, support PD, raise teacher retention rates, and build a pipeline of experienced leaders.

Implementing Personalized Learning in Rural SchoolS / Future Ready Schools

With its focus on individual learning and the use of emerging technologies, personalized learning can provide opportunities for students that are often not available in rural districts.

Refugee Study Highlights Gap Between Policy and Practice - C. M. Rubin / CMRubinWorld

The forcible displacement of individuals and families reached 65 million people worldwide in 2016. C. M. Rubin interviews researchers who have studied the shortcomings in providing education for the young people among them.

A Look at the Educational Structure in Cuba - Dan Domenech / Dan Domenech Blog

The executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, recently led a delegation of educators to study the education system in his native country, Cuba. Here are some of his observations.

Reaching Full Digitization in the Classroom - Steve Wilson

Despite efforts to adopt new technology tools, most classrooms in the U.S. continue to rely largely on paper assignments and fail to take full advantage of learning management systems’ capabilities. Here are tips for school administrators.


Do Schools’ ‘Active-Shooter’ Drills Prepare or Frighten? - Evie Blad / Education Week

Students are receiving increasingly intensive safety training in response to school shootings. One challenge is figuring out how to prepare them for the worst without provoking anxiety and fear.

When Students Stop and Think About What They’re Learning - Jonathan Lash / Huffington Post

Having students reflect in writing on what they are learning has significant and measurable benefits.

Higher Grades: The Newest Advantage of Being Rich in America - Jon Marcus / The Hechinger Report

In general, students enrolled in private and suburban high schools are awarded higher grades—critical for college admission—than urban public school students who have no less talent or potential.

Preventing Sexual Violence Starts with What We Teach Our Boys - Maryjo Oster / Child Trends

Though little research has evaluated the effectiveness of educational approaches to reducing violence against women, there are promising prevention strategies that focus on the role of conventional gender norms.

Nikolai Vitti Has a School District to Save in Detroit - Erin Einhorn / Bridge MagazineBridge Magazine

Detroit’s schools have become a national symbol of the education crisis. The district’s new superintendent promises not just to improve its schools but to transform them. His efforts may be of interest to leaders in other urban schools.

How to Help Kids Stay ‘Internet Kind’ - Donnie Piercey /EdSurge

Many students assume that a divide exists between the “real world” and the “digital world,” leading some to be kind in the classroom but a troll online. Here’s how to eliminate that divide.

A Pacesetter in Personalized Learning - Joanne Jacobs / EducationNext

Summit Public Schools, a high-performing charter network, is sharing successful methods and materials it has developed to all schools nationwide for free.

Dyslexia: Hiding in Plain Sight - Sheldon Berman and Sara B. Stetson / School Administrator Dyslexia and language-based difficulties may hold the key to why it’s so hard to improve reading performance. Dispelling myths and giving educators background knowledge and successful tactics are essential. The authors offer their advice.

Secret Agents of Kindness - Debra Ginsberg / Teaching Tolerance

A teacher gave students a simple task: Be kind, but selfless. The results illustrate the contagious effects of humanity.

Schools Make Room for the Military - Lois Elfman / District Administration

Military-connected students have elevated rates of almost all risk factors, including suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and bullying. Schools can do a number of things to help.

Success in School Tied to Healthy Vision -Kristan Gross / NJEA Review

Most of what students learn in school is through their eyes, making testing for vision problems before entering kindergarten and periodically thereafter a must.

Lunch Quality and Students’ Academic Performance - Michael L. Anderson, Justin Gallagher, and Elizabeth Ramirez Ritchie / The Brown Center Chalkboard The Brown Center Chalkboard

A new study measures the effect of offering healthier lunches on the end-of-year test scores of public school students.