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Top Education Stories of 2018


Top Education Videos of 2018: Education Week’s Most Viewed

In 2018, Education Week produced dozens of videos on timely topics in K-12 education, including video segments for our partner PBS NewsHour.

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 video.edweek.org.


1. Are Students Juuling in Your Classroom?

JUULs are easy to hide, have a flavored smell, and don’t emit much vapor. So how is a teacher to know if a student is JUULing, or vaping, in class? (July 31, 2018)

2. Do NOT Go to the Principal’s Office

Bethany Hill, the principal at Central Elementary School in Cabot, Ark., shuns a formal office in favor of roving around the school where she can be as close as possible to teachers and students all day. (Oct. 17, 2018)

3. Teachers Cash In Selling Lesson Plans Online

Educators selling lesson plans online is becoming a popular side business. But some worry that seeing education as a “business” will lead to fewer free resources and less professional collaboration. (Jan. 10, 2018)

4. Vaping in Schools: ‘Juuling’ Is Popular Among Teens Despite Health Risks

The use of these e-cigarettes like the popular Juul brand is spiking among youth, but parents often aren't even sure what they are and many teens mistakenly believe there are no serious health risks. (July 18, 2018)

5. Differentiating Instruction: It’s Not as Hard as You Think

In this video, teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo explains that differentiation is not about long nights of planning and grading, but about being flexible and making decisions in the moment based on what your students need. (Sept. 11, 2018)

6. John Hattie on the Educator Mindframe and Why It Matters

John Hattie’s landmark Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. (April 18, 2018)

7. Social-Emotional Learning, Explained

What is social-emotional learning? How can schools help teachers to weave the concepts into everyday classroom instruction? And can educators know whether the strategies are working? Reporter Evie Blad explains. (June 4, 2018)

8. Cleveland Schools Use Incentives, Parent Outreach to Reduce Chronic Absences

Seven million children in the U.S. are considered chronically absent, which puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school. In Cleveland, school officials offer incentives to encourage students to show up to school. (March 23, 2018)

9. Social-Emotional Learning: Goal-Setting and Relationships Are Part of District’s Academic Core

The Washoe County school district in Reno, Nev., has been way ahead of most other districts in its approach to social-emotional learning, especially in measuring students' SEL skills. (May 15, 2018)

10. Parent Changemaker: Fighting for Teacher Home Visits

At first, single dad Paul Lumpkin was worried when his daughter’s kindergarten teacher asked to visit them at home. Now he advocates for parent-teacher home visits across the country. (January 22, 2018)

Vol. 37, Issue 16

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