SEL, scheduling and unconventional leadership: The most-read K-12 stories of 2018

Education Dive | December 27, 2018

SEL, scheduling and unconventional leadership: The most-read K-12 stories of 2018
With 2018 continuing the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act alongside ongoing efforts to reimagine the K-12 model, administrators had their hands as full as ever. Those concerns were reflected in our most-read stories of the year, with social-emotional learning, unconventional approaches to leadership, new scheduling models, and innovative approaches to boosting literacy at the forefront of readers' interests.In case you missed any of that coverage or just want to revisit it and brush up on your knowledge, we've gathered our most-read pieces of the year in one place for your convenience. Don't worry, though: There won't be a pop-quiz.

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Thinking of working within education? There are lots of different career opportunities out there, including the management of schools and colleges. Watch this video to find out how one person progressed from apprentice bricklayer to CEO.