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Top Education Stories of 2016

Top Education Videos of 2016: Education Week’s Most Viewed

In 2016, Education Week expanded our video storytelling efforts. And thanks to a partnership with PBS NewsHour, our video stories have reached an even wider audience. This year, we used video to offer a glimpse into a multilingual high school, to highlight the challenges facing schools with large immigrant populations, and to better explain important education issues.

The videos below—our most viewed across our different platforms—provide a snapshot of some of our best work of the year. For more, view our video gallery page at

1. A Day in the Life of a Multilingual High School

At Pennsylvania's Upper Darby High School in suburban Philadelphia, more than 15 languages are spoken in a student body of nearly 4,000. To help support such a diverse array of English-language learners, the school created a peer tutoring program. (May 11, 2016)

2. ESSA Explained: Inside the New Federal K-12 Law

The Every Student Succeeds Act rolls back much of the federal government's big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. (March 31, 2016)

3. Walking in a Student's Shoes

The Shadow a Student Challenge encourages school leaders to spend a day walking in a students' shoes. Assistant principal Karen Ritter followed a 9th grader through all of his classes. What did she learn? (August 11, 2016)

4. The Journey to a Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck's Live Keynote Presentation

Carol Dweck presented and discussed her latest research around "growth mindsets" at Education Week's Leaders to Learn From event in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2016. (March 14, 2016)

5. Personalized Learning at Work: “What I Need” Sessions

Every Monday at Luella Middle School, students like Hailey Miller head to “What I Need” sessions, where they receive extra support in different academic subjects, based on their own preferences. (October 18, 2016)

6. Helping Immigrant Students Adjust to New Schools, New Lives

To help build linguistic and cultural bridges between educators and the Somali community, school district leaders hired Ahmed Hassan and Bishar Hassan. (March 16, 2016)

7. At 25, TFA Bridges Teaching Generations

Teacher Wanda Troutman was a member of Teach For America’s original 1990 corps. Alejandro Diasgranados entered teaching through TFA in 2015. We asked them about their experiences and how the organization has changed in 25 years. (January 14, 2016)

8. What Is the Common Core? The Controversial Standards Explained

Here’s your all-in-one-guide to the Common Core State Standards, what’s in them, what’s not, and what all the shouting’s about. (September 6, 2016)

9. Getting Students' Names Right: Why It Matters

Students at Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School in San Jose, Calif., describe how their names get mispronounced and misspelled in school. (May 9, 2016)

10. Service Dogs and Students With Disabilities in the U.S. Supreme Court

The justices will decide whether service dogs for children with disabilities in school are more a matter for the Americans with Disabilities Act or federal special education law. (October 25, 2016)

Vol. 36, Issue 17

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