ICYMI: Most read by educators

Can school schedules help improve student equity?

Students who need academic interventions often lose out when schools make schedules, researchers have found. Schools should consider student equity at an operational level to ensure that all learners have access to high-quality teachers and smaller classes, and new data tools can help them identify problems and plan better for the future.

Full Story: EdSurge

Intervention approach focuses on whole child

Educators at an alternative school in New Jersey collaborate in roundtable meetings to develop intervention plans for students -- many of whom have learning challenges -- writes Megan Guzman, a ninth-grade English teacher. Guzman shares how the approach works to support the whole learner.

Full Story: EdSurge

Hawaii ELL students detail experiences in poetry

English-language learners at Farrington High School in Honolulu wrote poems in English and their native languages about their experiences leaving their home countries and adjusting to a new culture. The school published their poetry in a book titled, "Voice: Poetry by the Youth of Kalihi."

Full Story: KHNL-TV/KGMB-TV (Honolulu)

Maine struggles with proficiency-based learning

Less than a year after Maine repealed a law requiring high-school diplomas to be awarded based on proficiency in eight areas, about 25% of superintendents say they intend to maintain this model. The mandate, passed seven years ago, continues to be divisive after a shaky implementation, and 38% of superintendents say they plan to resume awarding diplomas based on credit hours.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

How noise affects classroom learning

Noise in classrooms can harm students' speech acquisition, cognition and learning ability, writes Arline Bronzaft, a professor at Lehman College, City University of New York. Bronzaft asserts that more should be done to abate noise that affects students' learning, both inside and outside of schools.

Full Story: Education Dive

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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