ICYMI: Most read by educators

Is personalized learning an education reform fad?

Educators and education researchers say that "personalized learning" encompasses many strategies -- some that require technology and others that do not. John Pane, an education researcher at RAND Corporation, says that personalized learning can give students more control over their own education, but one of his studies provides a "warning sign" because it shows the approach could negatively affect learning in some schools.

Full Story: National Public Radio

Pilot PD program explores how students learn

About 1,500 teachers in Maryland, Colorado and Iowa soon will learn more about how students' brains work under a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-backed pilot program. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has received $1 million from the initiative to expand its Neuroteach Global online professional-development platform that provides short lessons about "the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives," said Glenn Whitman, the center's director.

Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model)Education Dive

School leaders address harmful student behaviors

School principals often have to address difficult student behaviors, including potential criminal issues such as underage drinking, sexual assault and racially motivated aggression. Mary Pat Cumming, principal of a Minneapolis high school, is building a curriculum to train her students about sexual-consent issues -- a move requested by a student who was the victim of sexual assault.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Mobile preschools bring learning to students

In a suburban community near Denver, an education company is testing a mobile preschool program to help expand access to early-childhood education for area families. They spent more than $200,000 to turn a bus into a learning space and visit an area where preschool demand outstrips supply.

Full Story: Chalkbeat

3 tips to help students gain interpersonal skills

Students who are more talkative may be better prepared for work, according to a World Economic Forum study. In this commentary, language arts teacher Carma Hobgood shares three classroom-management strategies to help students develop interpersonal and leadership skills.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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