Student Engagement and Motivation

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Students in Christina Hanna and Kelly Pollack’s class spread out as they work on assignments at Chicago International Charter School West Belden. Hanna and Pollack co-teach the class of about 60 3rd and 4th graders.
—Laura McDermott for Education Week

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Worried about students' social detachment in technology-driven, personalized learning environments, some schools are weaving social-emotional support into lessons. (November 6, 2018)

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Superintendent Joseph Meloche regularly turns to students to inform his decisionmaking in the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

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While most schools don’t have the luxury of scheduling more leisurely lunch periods, there are some strategies they can use to make even a 20-minute lunch period run more smoothly, and ideally, give students what they need most: enough time to eat.
October 15, 2019 – Education Week
Suicide attempts that were self-reported by black teens have spiked since 1991, even as their peers in other groups have experienced a downward trend or remained unchanged, according to a new study that raises concerns about mental health outreach for black youths.
October 14, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Stop gawking at student protesters and start working with us, urge two high school climate activists.
October 14, 2019 – Education Week
The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic-studies questions that encourage students to explore how math has been “appropriated” by Western culture and used in systems of power and oppression.
October 11, 2019 – Education Week
Faced with a push for academic programming, after-school providers are deploying new strategies to train and recruit effective educators.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
New research suggests that many young hackers tend to have the same qualities as other students who engage in more traditional troubled behavior.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Schools, celebrities, and lawmakers have long urged young people to get involved in local and national issues, but the young activists calling for action to stop gun violence or climate change find that their civic involvement isn’t always welcomed.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Whether they like it or not, civics teachers are at the frontlines of translating the impeachment process for the next generation of citizens.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
A new analysis finds that high-poverty schools are the least effective. But why those schools stifle achievement is harder to figure out.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Actions such as chewing gum, playing with a phone, tapping feet, napping, mouthing off or being out of uniform may still bring consequences—but it won’t be suspension.
October 1, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune

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