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

Why Does Personalized Learning Sometimes Feel Impersonal?

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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Spotlight on Student Motivation

In this Spotlight, discover the links between work students find meaningful and their levels of motivation in the classroom, and see what teachers can learn from disengagement on tests.

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Letting Students Take Ownership of Their Assessments
Student-led assessments allow students to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful, active way. This discussion focuses on best practices and challenges of helping students demonstrate skills through topics of their choice.

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Nurturing Students’ Climb to Success: Why Engagement and Motivation Matter
Cultivating the conditions and relationships that allow all students to thrive requires hard, deliberate work. Schools are trying a range of strategies to get students vested in their learning.

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Joseph Meloche: Recognized for Leadership in Elevating Student Voice
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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As many as 1 in 3 eligible 18- and 19-year-olds voted in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon in last year's mid-term elections, new data show. Did civics education help?
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Comic books and graphic novels, popular in many language arts and social studies classes, are just now tiptoeing into the world of K-12 math.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer.
September 20, 2019 – AP
Walmart said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string of mysterious illnesses and deaths related to vaping.
September 20, 2019 – AP
Students shouldn't have to leave school to get serious about climate change, writes Eben Bein. We have the power to change that.
October 1, 2019 – Education Week
As civic education undergoes a renaissance in schools, educators are looking beyond standardized tests to determine whether the lessons empower students to embrace civic behaviors, like voting or volunteering.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week
A flurry of schools have recently put in place restrictions or bans on student cellphones, a pivot away from the more open policies instituted in previous years.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
"Kernels," a method for teaching SEL skills through flexible, short activities, show early promise for making social-emotional learning instruction a reality in more schools.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
Looking for new ways to combat kids who bully, some communities are threatening to fine parents with no evidence that the approach is effective.
September 3, 2019 – Education Week
Will teachers use the "originality reports" added to Google's popular Classroom platform to target cheaters—or tee up teachable moments about fair use and proper citation?
September 4, 2019 – Education Week

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