ICYMI: Most read by educators

DeVos reveals plan to restructure Education Dept.

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.

Full Story: Inside Higher Ed

How does student fitness affect brain function?

Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

ASCD's CEO calls for action in wake of school shootings

In the wake six school shootings during the first 45 days of the new year, it is "time for us to shout, 'Enough is enough!' " asserts Deborah Delisle, executive director and CEO of ASCD. In this commentary, she calls on lawmakers to pursue sensible solutions to keep students safe.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

5 strategies for addressing school tragedies

Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.

Full Story: National Public Radio

Tips for giving authentic feedback

Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.

Full Story: eSchool News (free registration)

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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