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.
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.
This Week In Education by Alexander Russo. He writes at Scholastic’s site for Administrators. I’ve been subscribing for years, and I’ve been impressed by the quality and quantity of his posts.
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.
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