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Student social, emotional and academic development becoming more intertwined in K-12 classrooms

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Researchers, educators, parents, teachers and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. That’s according to a report issued this week by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.” (more)

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report – Chris Berdik

“In K-12 and college classrooms across the country, some educators are enacting at least partial device bans, some are advocating for teaching style changes (fewer lectures, for example) and still others are seeking help from the technology itself. There’s little consensus, except that the peril of digital distraction neither starts nor ends in school, and learning to tame our tech obsession is a new and vital life skill.” (more)

Algebra, Spanish and Bank Loans 101: The growing need for financial literacy in high school

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Few would disagree that teaching financial literacy to K-12 students — many of whom were not born until after the financial crisis that swept the U.S. in 2008 — is important. But the deep recession that took hold of the country had some roots in financial decisions made by consumers. Voss believes students should be thoughtful in how these choices were made, so they don’t repeat them.”(more)

Elementary students report higher engagement, more pride in schoolwork than older peers

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Most students report feeling engaged in school and taking pride in their work — but engagement drops as students get older, and less than half of middle and high school students feel like what they are learning in school is relevant to their lives outside of school, according to YouthTruth Student Survey results released Thursday.”(more)

More than 1 in 10 California students are ‘chronically absent’

Ed Source – Lee Romney
and Daniel J. Willis

“California education officials on Tuesday released school-level data that shows that last year more than 1 in 10 students were chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason. The data, which the state released for the first time, reveals that 1 in 4 foster children was chronically absent from California schools last year, as were about 1 in 5 homeless, Native American and African-American students.”(more)

When Academic Gaps Spiral Year After Year: The Harrowing ‘Jenga’ of Lost Student Skills — Captured in One Chart

The 74 Million – Beth Hawkins

“We’ve heard it a thousand times if we’ve heard it once: The academic gap between disadvantaged and affluent kids starts out small in the early years and compounds as a student progresses through school. By the time a young person living in poverty, with a disability, or learning English is in high school, it’s often a yawning chasm. It’s practically educational dicta. But how many non-teachers understand how that gap opens and what widens it? And how many educators have truly absorbed the drip-drop impact of the small deficits they let go during their daily triage?.”(more)