Top 10 Educational Leadership Articles of 2017


As the year comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at the most widely-read Educational Leadership articles of 2017. Educational Leadership published more than 100 articles in nine issues this past year, addressing themes such as “Mental Health in Schools,” “In Sync with Families,” and “Gearing Up for Change.”

This year’s most popular article written by Thomas Armstrong, argues that special education needs to change—and the concept of neurodiversity could be the catalyst for that change.

Other popular pieces covered topics such as an “upside down” approach to teaching that prepares students to be problem solvers, the importance of background knowledge for nonfiction reading, and the role of student engagement in personalized learning.

Here are the top reads of 2017:

  1. Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education?” by Thomas Armstrong
  2. Is Your School Better Because You Lead It?” by Baruti K. Kafele
  3. Turning Teaching Upside Down” by Cathy L. Seeley
  4. How Knowledge Powers Reading” by Doug Lemov
  5. Five Perspectives for Leadership Success” by Cathy A. Toll
  6. Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom” by Ronald A. Beghetto
  7. The Writing Journey” by Kelly Gallagher
  8. Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning” by Larry Ferlazzo
  9. Let’s Celebrate Personalization: But Not Too Fast” by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  10. The Genius of Design” by John Spencer

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