Matt Zalaznick

Choice—but not necessarily the controversial kind of school choice—will propel public education into 2019 and beyond. Educators and experts predict school leaders will capitalize on the increased flexibility offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act and other trends to give students more of a voice in how they learn and how their progress is measured. Read more>>

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The News & Observer

After school districts in Los Angeles and Chicago softened their policies to curb suspensions, teachers reported more disorder, and students reported feeling less safe. While reminding us that some kids need tremendous help, our public schools may not have the knowledge, skills and resources to provide it. So how should we move forward? Read more>>

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The Atlantic

Fostering strong student-teacher relationships and improving a school's climate can help put a dent in school suspensions, according to a new Rand Corporation study. As much as restorative practices aim to change how students are disciplined, they also seek to change the behavior that might require discipline, improving the overall climate of the school. Read more>>


The research shows that people become skilled readers by learning that written text is a code for speech sounds. The primary task for a beginning reader is to crack the code. Since the starting point is sound, it’s critical for teachers to have a deep understanding of this. But research shows they don’t. Read more>>

The Washington Post

More than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year, a Washington Post analysis found. They save lives during real attacks, but even when there is no gunman stalking the hallways, the procedures can inflict immense psychological damage on children convinced that they’re in danger. Read more>>

Getting Smart

When students are provided an opportunity to publicly share their knowledge about something they have learned, they are given more opportunity to take ownership of their work. It demonstrates that it has value, and many also see their self-esteem increase as they take pride in their work and their sharing. Authentic public presentations of learning may also lead to increased student engagement. Read more>>

The Topeka Capital-Journal

With $1.2 billion spent annually just through the federal after-school program, getting the science of reading in after school has tremendous potential. With only one-third of fourth-graders testing proficient, communities need to get more from these programs. Existing local, state, and federally-funded programs can be restructured to get better results. Read more>>

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