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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Research Shows Teachers Are Key in Combatting Absences

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Research Shows Teachers Are Key in Combatting Absences

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In Edmentum’s Weekly News Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news, all in one place.

Did you ever have a teacher whose class you hated to miss? A new study shows that the benefits of having one of those teachers last for years afterward, boosting high school graduation rates — especially for students who start out with the worst attendance records and test scores. Find out how engaging teachers are combatting chronic absenteeism, why a new census question could mean less funding for schools, and why diverse classroom libraries matter all in this week’s EdNews Round Up.


New research shows how teachers are key to boosting student attendance
New research finds that some of a school’s best allies in combatting absences might be some of its teachers. Certain teachers, it found, are much better than others at getting middle and high schoolers to come to class.

Why Diverse Classroom Libraries Matter
At a school in Oakland, California, students see themselves—and the broader world—in the books they read.

International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated
U.S. News
Teachers in the U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession.

The Evolving Role of School Scheduling
Getting Smart
The outcome of a thoughtful schedule is an increase in community engagement. Some tactics, such as flexible arrival or pickup times, free periods during school hours and community resources including food pantries and laundry, are helpful in building equity among the student population.

Concrete ways to help students self-regulate and prioritize work
There are skills necessary to succeed in school that aren’t directly about mastering content, including the ability to recognize, name and control emotions. Teachers modeling how to handle their emotions builds empathy with students seeing that humans experience a range of emotions and are doing their best to manage them productively

How Some Schools Restrain Or Seclude Students: A Look At A Controversial Practice
It's supposed to be a last resort when students pose a danger to themselves or others, but laws and policies vary widely around the country.

The need to protect student data continues even after graduation
Education Dive
Experts suggest districts take a good look at vendor contracts to understand who controls the data and that it’s not shared with third parties.

Education policy is often a topic of conversation in state and federal legislatures. Stay in-the-know with this week’s top stories regarding education reform at the state and national level.

The High Cost of Undercounting
U.S. News
If the 2020 census includes a citizenship question, educators are worried about the potential loss in education funding.

Study: More than half of California high schools lack computer science courses
California has the highest number of technology workers in the country. But many students in the state lack access to the computer science courses that may set them up for those career opportunities, a new study shows.

Governor signs Texas school funding overhaul into law
Houston Chronical
A massive overhaul of how Texas funds public education was signed into law as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott trumpeted the $11 billion program that will mean an increase pay for teachers and lower property taxes.

Some Minnesota school districts still face big budget cuts
Star Tribune
The Minnesota Legislature voted this year to boost education spending by $543 million, but some school leaders say it’s not enough to avoid significant cuts over the next two school years. In some of the state’s largest districts, the shortfalls amount to millions of dollars.

DeVos, Unions Drive Democratic Candidates to Back Away from Charter Schools
NBC News
Ten years after President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to remove limits on them, charter schools have increasingly fallen out of favor with the current crop of presidential candidates.'s picture
McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.