ICYMI: Most read by educators

Is reading aloud a good fit in high school?

Lessons for high-school students that involve reading aloud can help improve comprehension, writes Danielle Martin, an education consultant with the Great Books Foundation. In this commentary, she offers five benefits of reading aloud and strategies to support the method.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

School districts reimagine homework

School districts, including some in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and California, are taking new approaches to homework. Some have reduced homework to support equity, and others have replaced one-size-fits-all homework with student-specific assignments.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

DeVos delivers "tough love" to school chiefs

School chiefs have not done enough to take advantage of the flexibility offered under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during the Council of Chief State School Officers legislative conference. "ESSA was enacted partially in response to the widespread calls from state school chiefs -- including many in this room -- to give you the flexibility and opportunity to address your state's unique challenges," she said.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model), U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

Report: Ideas for teaching early STEM skills

Children younger than age 1 may be capable of understanding science, technology, engineering and math concepts, according to a report by The Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The report offers ways to encourage STEM learning at an early age.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Crisis planning for teachers, administrators

Every employee in the school building -- not just the principal -- needs emergency-related professional development, says Amy Klinger, director of programs for The Educator's School Safety Network. Stephen Brock, school psychologist and an author of the National Association of School Psychiatrists' PREPARE curriculum, says the group offers tools to help support such PD.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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