The Top 10 Kappan stories of 2018

As we head into 2019, Kappan takes a look back at the Top 10 most popular stories as determined by readers. Are your favorites listed? If not, comment on what was missed.

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10.  Libraries offer freedom from reading level limitations by Alyson Rumberger (May 2018 issue). 

The stories of two 1st graders demonstrate why students need spaces where they can choose what, when, and how they read. 


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9. How our word choices can empower our students by Lauren Porosoff (November 2018 issue).

The words we use when writing about students can influence how they think about their learning, their work, and themselves, so it’s important that we choose our words carefully. 


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8.  Public schools for private gain: The declining American commitment to serving the public good by David F. Labaree (November 2018 issue).

When schooling comes to be viewed mainly as a source of private benefit, both schools and society suffer grave consequences. 


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7.  Never too early to learn: Antibias education for young children by Jennifer Hooven, Katherine Runkle, Laurie Strouse, Misty Woods, and Erica Frankenberg (February 2018 issue).

Important lessons about race, diversity, and equity can and should be taught to children in early childhood and preschool settings.


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6. When trauma hinders learning by Donald A. Barr (March 2018 issue).

What’s a teacher to do when difficult experiences in early childhood prevent children from entering kindergarten with the executive functions they need?



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5. Misleading coverage of school shootings by Alexander Russo (January 31, 2018).

Cable news was stingy with its initial coverage of last week’s tragedy in Kentucky, but other outlets published stories suggesting school shootings are common and increasingly frequent. (They’re not.) What’s a reporter to do?


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4. Why we need a new approach to digital literacy by Joel Breakstone, Sarah McGrew, Mark Smith, Teresa Ortega, and Sam Wineburg (March 2018 issue).

To assess the credibility of the information they find online, students shouldn’t start with a close reading of the given website. Rather, they should turn to the power of the web to determine its trustworthiness.


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3. School nurses: An investment in student achievement by Erin D. Maughan (April 2018 issue).

Students enter school with a variety of mental and physical health needs, and school nurses are on the front line of addressing them.


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2. Under the Law: School uniforms, dress codes, and free expression: What’s the balance? by Julie Underwood (March 2018 issue).

Requiring school uniforms may be less legally fraught than implementing a school dress code.


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And … 1. School librarians matter: What years of research tell us by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel (April 2018 issue).

When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost.


We’d love to hear what you thought of these stories and others that didn’t make the cut.




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