ICYMI: Most read by educators

How a superintendent turned around a district

Paymon Rouhanifard, superintendent of schools in Camden, N.J., who led the district's ambitious turnaround efforts, is stepping down. This article highlights how his pragmatic leadership style helped improve academic performance and graduation rates in a district that was among the state's most troubled.

Full Story: Politico

Tips to help all schools adopt SEL programs

There is no "silver bullet" to helping students succeed, but an effective social and emotional learning program can be useful, asserts Maria Shea-Michiels, an elementary-school psychologist. In this blog post, she shares several tips to help school leaders adopt SEL programs at their own schools, including by focusing on professional development and using an SEL-friendly curriculum.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education

How to build makerspaces on a budget

Teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference shared ideas to help install makerspaces in schools that have limited resources. Robert Pronovost, a science, technology, engineering and math coordinator in East Palo Alto, Calif., says he worked with students from the beginning to get their input and engage them in activities.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

More Summaries: Robert Pronovost, International Society for Technology in Education

Is personalized learning the key to education?

More education leaders are recognizing personalized learning as a best practice because it allows students to take greater control over their own learning. Many schools across the country have adopted the approach, but there has not been much research about its effectiveness.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Study: How to make the most of recess

The right approach to recess can help students grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically, according to an analysis of almost 500 playgrounds in the US. The study offers a 17-point checklist to help use the playground for students to learn and grow.

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Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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