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SmartBrief Education Editor's Choice Content Awards

SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers. In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award. These award winners, which are showcased on our SmartBlog on Education, are then in the running for our annual Educators’ Choice Award. In addition, winners are invited to appear on Education Talk Radio hosted by Larry Jacobs.


Click the Play button next to any name to listen to the writer speak about their winning piece on EduTalkRadio.

2016 Winners

Deidra Gammill, The Benefits of Using Doodling and Sketchnotes in the Classroom, Designing Teachers

Richard Byrne, 10 Good Video Sources for Social Studies Teachers and Students, Free Technology for Teachers

2015 Winners

Barbara Blackburn, The 6 Characteristics of Effective Praise, MiddleWeb
Jess Burnquist, Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement, Edutopia


Jacqui Murray, Hour of Code: Minecraft Review, Ask a Tech Teacher  
Mary Tarashuk, Teaching By Doing Something Meaningful, MiddleWeb  


Ramy Mahmoud, Data doesn’t tell a student’s whole story, District Administration
Roxanna Elden, Interpreting Six Common Teacher Nightmares, MiddleWeb  


Terry Heick, How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching, TeachThought   
Jennifer Gonzalez, 5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb, Cult of Pedagogy


Justin Minkel, What to Do the First Day of School (and Why), Education Week Teacher
Lindsey Petlak, 5 Classroom Items I’m Glad I Ditched, Scholastic Top Teaching   


Tricia Ebner, Cleaning House, Center for Teaching Quality
Jeff Ylinen, Why it’s critical to pair content with lab for course success, eCampus News


Aaron Brock, History Students Create Children’s Books, Future of History
Justin Reich, Can Text Messages and Interventions Nudge Students Through School?, Mind/Shift   


Jennifer L. Scheffer, 10 Edtech Tools Teachers Can Use Tomorrow (Literally), Make IT Happen
Taylor Meredith, Starting Student Feedback Loops, The Formative Feedback Project   


Sarah Henderson, Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention, Edutopia
Mercer Hall and Patricia A. Russac, Inspiration Plus Creativity Equals Innovative Teaching And Learning, the ASIDE blog   


Brad Gustafson, What Do You Burn For?, Adjusting Course   
Ariel Sacks, Decoding the Common Core: A Teacher’s Perspective, Education Week   


Starr Sackstein, Authentic Student-Led Discussion, Music to My Ears, Education Week Teacher, Work in Progress   
Andrew P. Marcinek, A Class Full of Geniuses, THE Journal   


Lori Desautels, Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices, Edutopia   
Nancy Barile, 10 Tips for Setting Successful Goals With Students, Education Week Teacher