ICYMI: Most read by educators

Brain science supports movement, recess in school

Movement and exercise can help transform the brain and improve student learning, according to neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. She says research shows that recess and movement breaks can nurture deeper learning and boost students' attention, focus and mood.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

How educators can help motivate students

Teachers can use situated motivation theory to boost student engagement and motivation to learn, panelists said at the recent EduCon Conference in Philadelphia. The panelists shared four components of this theory, including choice, challenge, collaboration and control.

Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco)

Relationship is key to personalized learning gains

Positive relationships with students is the key to successful personalized learning, according to Rick Robins, superintendent of Juab School District in Utah. Robins outlines the elements of this approach -- including technology adoption and a competency-referenced grading system -- and how it moved graduation rates from 78% in 2009 to 97% over the past three years.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Study considers bias in teachers' evaluations

Systems for evaluating teachers may be skewed against teachers of color, according to a study in Michigan that found that a greater number of African American and Hispanic teachers received poor ratings. While 3% of teachers in Michigan were rated ineffective, teachers of color were 50% more likely to receive low ratings than their white peers in the same school.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Ways to boost equity in early learning

Educators can help drive equity in early learning by supporting rigorous and developmentally appropriate practices across the board, writes Vincent Costanza, superintendent in residence at Teaching Strategies. Costanza says that includes teaching social and emotional learning skills -- such as emotional intelligence and negotiation -- that students need to be successful later in life.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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