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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From report grades to in-class presenting, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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Report grades states on student achievement

Massachusetts ranked first in the country in Education Week’s latest Quality Counts report. The annual assessment ranks states based on educational data, including fourth- and eighth-grade students’ math and reading exam results, and high-school graduation rates.

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Should schools require in-class presentations?

Some students are calling for an end to in-class presentations saying they are too stressful for students, especially those with anxiety. Some educators say they see value in forcing students to make presentations to prepare them for future careers, but others, such as Colorado high-school history teacher Travis Grandt, say there are many alternative ways for students to present information.

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Superintendent: How to personalize learning

Personalizing instruction goes beyond technology, writes Bill Shields, superintendent of an Illinois school district that has been working to shift to personalized instruction since 2012. In this commentary, he shares six strategies the district has adopted, including giving teachers more professional development and looking for partners.

Full Story: eSchool News

Educator: Engage parents to boost learning

Outcomes for students improved after one school prioritized parent engagement, writes Meghan Everette, a math coach and Utah ASCD board member. In this blog post, she shares several successful strategies her school used to engage parents, including by organizing thematic events.

Full Story: Edutopia online

Educator shares 9 leadership mistakes

Effective school leaders should be able to recognize and avoid potential missteps, writes Matthew Joseph of Milford Public Schools in Milford, Mass. In this commentary, he shares nine common leadership mistakes, including trying to be popular and failing to properly define goals.

Full Story: eSchool News

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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