edu@scholastic is Scholastic's blog about education and learning. If you haven't taken a moment to check it out, you should! We post stories on issues and trends in education, as well as share real-world stories from districts and classrooms.
Below are a few of the best stories we've published lately:
Chronic absenteeism is a national crisis in education, and a lot of people don't understand how quickly a few missed days here and there add up, or how deep the impact is on a student's academic progress. For Attendance Awareness Month, we did a two-part series on absenteeism, kicking it off with this interview with Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works.
Leslie Cornfeld, who led the successful initative to combat absenteesim in New York City, is now scaling that model up to the national level. This interview further lays out the crisis of absenteeism, as well as some of the proven strategies to address it.
Dr. Tiffany Anderson is the first African-American woman Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, and has a proven record of closing the achievement gap in rural, urban and suburban public school districts. In this post, she explains how to create a culture of literacy in low-income schools, using stratgies that can work in any district.