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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From credit recovery to K-12 challenges, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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Principal: Daily visits put students first

Kaity Day, a new Indiana elementary-school principal, has adopted a student-first approach by making daily classroom visits. Day says the practice is helping her build relationships and allows students to see that she is involved.

Full Story: The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

Skateboarding principal shares leadership tips

Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. “You show me a kid that can’t learn, I’ve just met a teacher that gave up on ’em,” Brewer says.

Full Story: Education Dive

Study considers credit recovery, graduation

High schools that depend the most on credit-recovery programs have large increases in graduation rates, even though many students still perform poorly on standardized tests, according to a recent study from conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. Researchers found that while only 1 in 13 students is served by such programs, they are concentrated in schools with more students who are minorities and from low-income families.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Study: School suspensions show racial gap

Black students and students with disabilities in California are losing more instructional days to suspensions, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles. They looked at data about suspensions in California and found that the rate of lost time for black seventh- and eighth-graders during the 2016-17 school year was 76 days of school for every 100 students — compared with 19 days among white students.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Superintendents identify top K-12 challenges

Seventy-four percent of superintendents say it will be a challenge to prepare students to be engaged citizens — up from 50% in 2017 — according to Gallup’s 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents. The other challenges identified by superintendents in the survey include improving student achievement and retaining teachers.

Full Story:eSchool News

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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