The Biggest Education Stories Of 2017…and more in this week’s news roundup!

The Biggest Education Stories Of 2017 And 2018
(NPR Education)

It’s not every year that a new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, becomes a household name, satirized on Saturday Night Live, never mind being the most unpopular member of a historically unpopular cabinet. But we live in interesting times and the nations’ schools and colleges are no exception. Here’s a look back at the major moments in education this year, and a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018.

Top Posts of 2017
(Teaching High School Psychology)

As we near the end of the calendar year (but not the school year), let’s take a look back at the top posts of 2017. In no particular order, here are the posts with the most page hits.

The Top 10 Blogs of 2017
(Teacher Toolkit)

What were the most-read blogs over the last 12 months?

The Year’s Most Inspiring School Moments: 14 Times Students, Teachers & Classroom Communities Had Us Cheering in 2017
(The 74)

While acts of kindness, love, and inspiration happen every day in schools all across the country, some stand out for their creativity, generosity, or just sheer silliness.

Roundup: Four Big Education Stories in 2017
(Scholastic’s Education Blog)

2017 is nearly a wrap—below are four big topics in education from the past twelve months, and stories about each that caught our eye.

Growth matters
(Fly Paper)

A new working paper from the Stanford Graduate School of Education uses roughly 300 million state math and English language arts test scores from 2009–15 for students in third through eighth grade in over 11,000 school districts across the country to take a really-big-picture look at patterns of academic achievement.

7 Reasons Introduction to Psychology Courses Provide the Best School Environment for Learning
(Effortful Educator)

Let me begin by apologizing.  If you are a teacher of any other discipline, I’m sorry.  By saying that psychology class is the best environment for learning, that isn’t saying that other disciplines’ environment isn’t great.

The Irony of Specialized High Schools
(The Atlantic)

Partaking in an intensive arts education as a teenager can have the unintended effect of pushing some toward a more traditional university path.

How Educators Can Model Democratic Decision Making In Schools
While few traditional schools encourage enough of the kind of open exchange described in the previous section, the level of student freedom to voice opinions tends to increase in accordance with the student body’s socioeconomic status, with schools that serve a predominantly poor population often severely limiting student expression to canned content.


About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.