Student Achievement

Understanding Learning ‘Acceleration’: Going Slow to Go Fast

Summary: This article reports on research done by Education Week into the impact of remote learning at three important transition points in foundational literacy and numeracy, in ninth grade algebra, and in English-language acquisition.  Stories are shared for each of these touch points suggesting how acceleration of learning may require different strategies – like addressing …

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Weaving SEL into a Standards-focused Curriculum

Summary: This article speaks to the importance of including social-emotional skills in the curriculum as schools plan to re-open in the fall. Social emotional needs will be important to help schools support students as they return to face-to-face instruction. These skills will help students cope with whatever stress and anxiety accompanies the return to school. …

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The Connection Between Academic and Social Emotional Learning

Summary:  This comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence (EI) is a state-of-the-art collection of proven best practices from the field’s best and brightest minds. Edited by educational leaders Maurice Elias and Harriett Arnold, this guide creates a new gold standard for bringing social-emotional learning into every classroom, with chapters by Daniel Goleman, Rachel Kessler, Marty Sleeper …

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Straight Up on COVID-19: Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

Summary:  This is an Education Week interview with Sal Khan of Khan Academy who speaks about the issues involved with online teaching, especially in light of all the school closures.  Khan Academy has been actively providing online learning experiences for ten years and has lots of experience in structuring these experiences to make sense as …

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Teaching SEL: Powering Up Students with Social & Emotional Know-How

Summary:  This article talks about executive functioning and social-emotional learning from the perspective of “ExQ” – a company that has produced a curriculum designed to improve executive functioning and in so doing, also help students acquire SEL skills in the five CASEL domains. Source:  Sucheta Kamath, Founder & CEO, ExQ®, Education DIVE, March 27, 2020 Description:  “All aspects …

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Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in the Classroom

Summary: This article reports on the importance of  developing prosocial behaviors in reinforcing academic performance.  The author focuses on gratitude, kindness, and empathy as three prosocial behaviors that you can implement in your classroom right away. Source:  Catherine Beachboard, Edutopia, December 11, 2019 Description:  “As teachers, we have an opportunity to teach and model prosocial behaviors to our …

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Letting Students Write on Subjects They Love Fuels Learning

Summary:  This article supports the idea that when students are interested and invested in a subject that they are writing about they are more likely to develop their writing skills.  The author also believes that students then take these writing skills and successfully apply them to other writing tasks. Source:  Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, January …

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Study: SEL Program’s Impact on State Test Scores Mixed

Summary: This article reports on the results of a study done in Pennsylvania to assess the impact of a twelve-week SEL program.  While some of the results showed an increase in scores, those increases were not statistically significant.  The author posits that there wouldl be other benefits from the SEL program that would not be shown on standardized …

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As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

Summary:  This article identifies stress and anxiety as a major teen problem.  The percentage of students feeling the pressure of stress, anxiety, and even depression is increasing at an alarming rate.  This article provides some suggestions for teachers wishing to help students cope. Source:  Andrew Simmons, Edutopia, November 20, 2019 Description:  “The academic pressures and …

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Growth Mindset, Effective Teachers Among Lessons from PISA

Summary:  This article reports on results from the Program for International Student Assessment showing that students having a growth mindset along with support from their teachers score higher on reading assessments.   Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, December 17, 2019 Description:  “More time in school does not equate to better performance. Students in Finland perform higher …

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