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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From curriculum to suspensions, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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ICYMI: Most read by educators


Preparing students for jobs that might not yet exist

Sixty-five percent of children who entered primary school in 2017 will one day hold jobs that do not currently exist, according to a World Economic Forum report. Heather McGowan, a future work strategist, says that the key to preparing students for those jobs lies in training them to learn for themselves rather than for transferal of knowledge.

Full Story: CNN

Superintendent: Why curriculum matters

Great teachers teaching great content is the key to improving student achievement, asserts Carey Wright, superintendent of education in Mississippi. In this commentary, she shares how her state has worked to improve the curriculum by making teachers central to the review and adoption process.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Principal: 4 ways to inspire teachers

Tracey Smith, principal at Brookwood Elementary in Georgia outlines four ways she gets her teachers excited to start the new school year. One strategy includes a “Cart of Awesomeness,” a decorated shopping cart that Smith fills with treats for teachers and delivers to them during the school day, in front of students, to show she cares about the work they do.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education

Survey considers teachers’ views on suspensions

While teachers identify pros and cons to suspending students, about half say they believe that out-of-school suspensions are used too sparingly, according to a survey by Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Rand Corp. The report asserts that policymakers should give teachers and administrators more control over suspensions.

Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model)The 74Education Dive

How calming routines can start off the school day

Young children who have experienced trauma may have issues with brain development that can affect their behavioral, social and academic progress, writes Lori Desautels, an educator who works with children with emotional challenges. Desautels recommends five calming exercises to employ at the beginning of the day to help young students relax and release anxiety.

Full Story: Edutopia

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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