ICYMI: Most read by educators

Study: Gates' college program ineffective

An effort launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013 aimed at helping more students complete college has not been effective, according to a study by researchers at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Researchers studied outcomes of the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success initiative at three schools.

Full Story: EdSurge

Can teaching growth mindset boost test scores?

Teaching growth mindset improved test scores among ninth-grade students who participated in a study led in part by Carol Dweck, an education professor at Stanford University. The discussion about growth mindset has grown in education, though some researchers remain unconvinced that short interventions can benefit various students.

Full Story: EdSurgeEducation Week (tiered subscription model)

Can timers help students learn?

Timing lessons and tasks can help boost achievement, though some teachers do not support this approach, Jay Matthews writes in this commentary. About 1,000 schools use a program called "Success for All" that emphasizes time when teaching.

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

How cultural trends influence education

Inclusion, lifelong learning, quantified life and mindfulness are four cultural trends that have influenced society and, as a consequence, education, Tom Vander Ark writes in this commentary. School leaders are grappling with what these trends mean for instructional practice and reporting measures, Vander Ark writes.

Full Story: Forbes

Educator: Lenient testing policies hurt students

Hard deadlines and consequences for late or poor work can help keep students motivated to learn and teach self-control, while more flexible policies can promote procrastination, writes high-school math teacher Anthony Palma. In this commentary, he asserts that traditional methods work best for most teachers and students.

Full Story: Edutopia

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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