1-11-18 Education in the News

Education Week-- The Secret to Student Engagement

What schools can do help students engage more in learning

What makes certain brief experiences in our lives so memorable and meaningful? Let's call them "peak moments": A wedding day. A successful public presentation. An award received for work well done. We spent several years studying peak moments, and in our book The Power of Moments, we reveal what we learned: Peak moments share similar elements—such as elevation and connection—and armed with this knowledge, all of us can create richer experiences for the people we care about.

But there's one critical period in life that is missing these powerful moments: the time students spend in the classroom.


Chip & Dan Heath| January 10, 2018



The Atlantic-- Is the ‘War on Teachers’ as Dire as It’s Made Out to Be?

 A decline in job protections isn’t pushing teachers out of all schools, a study suggests—just those schools that are already struggling.

Is a “war on teachers” driving them out of the classroom?

In many states, teachers and their unions have made that case, noting that it’s become tougher to earn tenure, bargaining rights have been diminished, and more of their evaluations are based on test scores.

A new study tries to find out whether the two—recent policy changes and teacher turnover—are really linked. Its findings make it the latest in a handful of recent studies to suggest that the weakening of teachers unions and job protections hits already-struggling schools the hardest.

Focusing on Michigan, the researchers find that a spate of teacher-focused policy changes passed in 2011 and 2012 did not cause an overall increase in teacher turnover. But at schools with lower test scores or more students in poverty, teacher churn jumped.


Matt Barnum| Jan 10, 2018