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Education Digest May 2015

May 2015 Volume 80, No. 9

Community Network Eyed as Model for Supporting Digital Learning - Benjamin Herold / Education Week

From hands-on circuitry problems for kindergartners to maker spaces in museums, Pittsburgh funders, universities, and unlikely partners collaborate to bring about dynamic learning opportunities.

Research Shows the Best Ways to Learn Math - Clifton B. Parker / Stanford Graduate School of Education

Students learn words not by memorization, but by using them in different situations—talking, reading, and writing. Math should be taught similarly—learning by developing numerical relations.

Getting Along with Teenagers - David Webb / Virginia Journal of Education

After a couple decades teaching teenagers, the author provides a list of seven things that will help you relate to your teen students in more meaningful ways and increase their level of achievement.

Class Full of Geniuses - Andrew P. Marcinek / T.H.E. Journal

Technology director develops an Apple Genius Bar-style course in which students assess and address their school’s technology problems. The hugely successful course is being replicated across the country.

Hands-On Approach to Motivation - Saara Myrene Raappana / Principal Leadership

Attending school events, greeting students by name, and visiting their homes help to create a sense of community and belonging-—all vital to developing student motivation.

A Failing Grade for the Notion of More Testing - Christopher de Vinck

Forty-one percent of children born today are born out of wedlock, and one out of three lives in a biological father-absent home. Shouldn’t we question students’ chaotic home environments if we want true education reform?

Not a One-Size-Fits-All Teaching Profession - Dan Weisberg / TNTP

Is it realistic to develop teachers who are great at all aspects of their job? What if teachers could manage a team to help handle some of their responsibilities, much like lawyers and doctors do?

Why Cliques Thrive in Some Schools More Than in Others - American Sociological Association

Research finds that a school’s large size and openness to choice spur cliques and social-status hierarchies.

Common Sense on Common Core - Bruce Taylor / Catalyst Chicago

The ability to put content into productive context and to deepen students’ capacity to think in a variety of ways are two main goals of CCSS-—skills that will prepare students for the 21st century.

Small High Schools Boost College Enrollment Rates - MDRC

New York City’s small public high schools are making a marked difference for a wide range of disadvantaged students—helping more to graduate and to enroll in college.

How Schools Are Tackling Truancy - Matt Zalaznick / District Administration

It’s important to get to the root of why students aren’t coming to school and then to align the solution with the problem. Here are ways schools—from elementary to high school—are confronting those problems.

Book/Media Reviews - Dudley Barlow