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Spotlight on Student Engagement & Motivation

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The Education Week Spotlight on Student Engagement & Motivation is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on community wide efforts to engage; what the data says about digital approaches to motivate; toxicity seeping into the frontlines; what’s going wrong; and the positive connections children need to be engaged and to be motivated.

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Kahlil Kuykendall, program manager with Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, stands for a portrait at the Anacostia Community Museum, in Washington D.C., on Dec. 8, 2020.
Kahlil Kuykendall has worked through Crittenton Services of Greater Washington this year to help keep low-income students academically focused.
Graeme Sloan for Education Week
Student Achievement Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth
When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action.
Christina A. Samuels, January 6, 2021
7 min read
Image shows two boys playing online games.
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Classroom Technology Digital Games: Powerful Motivation Tool or Not So Much?
Students are far less likely than teachers to say digital games make learning more interesting.
Mark Lieberman, January 6, 2021
8 min read
Image shows the Mr. Yuck emoji with his tongue out in response to bubbles of positive sayings all around him.
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School Climate & Safety When Toxic Positivity Seeps Into Schools, Here's What Educators Can Do
Papering over legitimate, negative feelings with phrases like "look on the bright side" can be harmful for teachers and students.
Arianna Prothero, January 6, 2021
6 min read
English-Language Learners English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes 'New Normal'
English-learners often lack access to technology at home, experts and educators say, and their teachers are less likely to assign them to use digital learning resources outside of class.
Corey Mitchell, March 17, 2020
7 min read
Mary Euell helps her sons, Michael Henry, left, and Mario Henry, work through math lessons remotely in their Erie, Pa., home.
Mary Euell helps her sons, Michael Henry, left, and Mario Henry, work through math lessons remotely in their Erie, Pa., home.
Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP
Classroom Technology How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic
The vast majority of teachers say they’ve gained skills in the last year that they’ll continue to use after the pandemic ends.
Mark Lieberman, January 11, 2021
4 min read
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Taylor Callory for Education Week
Student Well-Being Opinion What Happens When Students Have Ownership Over Their Success
Young people are experts in their own lives, writes Nicole Williams Beechum. Start treating them that way.
Nicole Williams Beechum, September 9, 2020
4 min read
Image shows a speech bubble divided into 4 overlapping, connecting parts.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty and Laura Baker/Education Week
Student Well-Being Opinion Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now
SEL has always been important, but it is now more important than ever. Here are three ways to help engage students right now.
Alex Kajitani, Tom Hierck, John Hannigan & Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan , December 21, 2020
6 min read