ICYMI: Most read by educators

Is there a downside to personalized learning?

Educator Paul France left a traditional teaching job to work with AltSchool, an education startup that aims to use technology to implement personalized learning in schools. Over time, though, France questioned the approach, noting that students were interacting more with their tablets than with each other.

Full Story: The Atlantic online

Ind. superintendent improves graduation rates

An Indiana school district has increased its overall high-school graduation rates, including at its largest high school where the rate grew from 67% in 2006 to 94% in 2014. In this Q&A, district superintendent Jeff Butts -- who is also the state's 2019 Superintendent of the Year -- explains why he works like a duck and describes the process he is leading to redesign high school.

Full Story: Chalkbeat

How one teacher helps students cope with stress

A high-school special-education teacher has created a four-step approach to help her students develop resilience and cope with stress. In this blog post, Michele Lew shares a worksheet she created that helps students identify what is stressing them out and develop healthy responses.

Full Story: Edutopia online

School uses neuroscience to inform teaching

A school in Colorado is using neuroscience and knowledge of how the brain works to help students develop skills such as self-regulation, creativity and empathy. Principal Cyrus Weinberger says this approach helps make interactions with students more meaningful and allows students to understand how and why they learn.

Full Story: Colorado Public Radio

Children who are obese may struggle in school

Children who are obese are more likely than their healthy-weight peers to be uninterested in schoolwork and to struggle to cope with stressful situations, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual meeting. Researchers asked nearly 23,000 parents and caregivers of 10- to 17-year-olds about "flourishing" indicators, including doing required homework and showing interest in learning new things, and noted these factors could be influenced by social stigma.

Full Story: HealthDay News

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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