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The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues


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I try to stay up-to-date with current education issues — articles, policy, school reform, research.  At the same time, I’m not interested in suffering from “information overload,” so I’ve been trying to limit what I read.

Given both of those interests, I’ve narrowed down what I read regularly to a handful of e-newsletters (I’m assuming that at least some have RSS feeds, too, but I get them all via email) that come daily or weekly.

Here are my choices for the best free e-newsletters on educational policy issues (the links are to subscription forms):

My number-one favorite is the ASCD SmartBrief. This daily newsletter is published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a national organization of educators.  This newsletter consistently provides thought-provoking articles from around the country.  ASCD also offers an exceptional breadth of other resources and materials.

Teacher Magazine Update and EdWeek Update come from Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), which publishes Education Week and Teacher Magazine.  They also publish several free e-newsletters, including the weekly Teacher Magazine Update and EdWeek Update. The newsletters contain good education news summaries, links to lengthier articles, and highlights from educator’s blogs. You can subscribe to it here.

Ed Week Update: Daily News and Insight is a free daily email newsletter highlighting education news.  Ed Week recently began publishing it.  You can subscribe to it here.

Middleweb SmartBrief is published by Middleweb, a network of educators primarily working in the middle grades.  However, this weekly newsletter is packed with articles and newsletters that are helpful to all K-12 teachers.

The Grade by Alexander Russo. 

The Opening Bell is an excellent daily email of new articles about current educational issues. It’s from the National Education Association, and is free. You can only receive it, though, if you are an NEA member.

Politico publishes Morning Education each day, and it is a very good summary. Sometimes, though, their links are bad — I hope that do a better job at get those right in the future.

The Annenberg Institute For School Reform publishes a Daily News Digest. You can subscribe here.

EdSource publishes a daily email newsletter on education issues that specifically relate to California. You can subscribe here.

The Hechinger Report publishes a nice weekly email newsletter. You can subscribe at the bottom of this page.

Fifteen newsletters you need to know about if you really love education journalism is an extremely useful post by Alexander Russo.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. I really don’t know what I would do without ASCD!!! That reminds me I have to renew my subscription.

  2. great list – thanks for adding me!
    folks might like my morning news roundup — way before ASCD — and a daily scan of the best blog posts of the day (according to me).
    thanks again.
    / alexander

  3. Hey Larry,

    What’s the best way to get updates from CA Dept of Ed? Would love to find out their latest position on state testing, for example… Always a mystery.


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