ICYMI: Most read by educators

N.J. school district issues Juul warning

Some parents in a New Jersey school district received letters recently warning them about the dangers of Juul e-cigarettes and asking for their support in keeping vaping devices away from students. The letter followed an incident in which several students became sick after using the devices.

Full Story: NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.)

Duncan: 6 ways to improve education in US

The best way to lead people out of poverty is through education, writes former Education Secretary Arne Duncan in this commentary. Duncan shares six lessons he has learned during his career, including the importance of early education programs and the impact that high-quality teachers make on the long-term success of students.

Full Story: EdSurge

N.J. district bars referee following viral video

A referee who instructed a student wrestler to cut his dreadlocks before a competition has been barred from officiating matches in the New Jersey district. Buena Regional School District Superintendent David Cappuccio says officials were troubled by the way the referee humiliated the student, and video quickly spread across social media.

Full Story: Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model)

Why more students are playing bridge

A growing number of students are learning to play bridge, through both school-sponsored and community programs. Students and instructors say the math-based game helps improve communication and problem-solving skills and more.

Full Story: The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model)

A teamwork approach to personalized learning

About 150 schools in 30 states are part of EL Education, a school network that focuses on small-group instruction and project-based learning to deliver personalized lessons. Students work in teams, called "Crews," that help tie personal success to collective success, according to Ron Berger, EL's chief academic officer.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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