Struggling students in Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere are using credit-recovery programs to make up for classes they fail and get the credits they need to graduate. Even though the programs have succeeded in boosting graduation rates, some question whether they create lower standards.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)
The National Education Association has adopted what officials describe as a "fundamental shift" on charter schools by requiring that charters prove they are necessary and that they monitor student progress. "This policy draws a clear line between charters that serve to improve public education and those that do not," NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said.
Full Story: U.S. News & World Report
School principals should prioritize spending time in classrooms, asserts Jessica Johnson, a principal in Wisconsin. In this blog post, she suggests several approaches and offers tips for providing timely feedback to teachers.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)
Teacher collaboration can help educators improve student performance, asserts Ben Johnson, an author, educator and administrator. In this blog post, he shares tips to help educators form successful professional learning communities.
Full Story: Edutopia online
Ten educators who attended the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference shared their least favorite trends. Trends educators say they would like to leave behind include QR codes and buzzwords such as "personalized learning."
Full Story: EdSurge
Melissa Greenwood is the director of education content at SmartBrief.
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