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Cave Creek USD had three unfilled teacher positions last year. This year, administrators are offering a signing bonus to attract new teachers to the area.

Many classrooms will remain without a permanent teacher this fall, as the teacher shortage becomes more severe in some states. Major enrollment drops in teacher prep programs signal worsening conditions in the coming years.

Source: “From Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts,” GLSEN (Click to enlarge)

Despite national campaigns to combat bullying, 3 in 10 districts still do not have policies that protect students from harassment. And many of these school systems are in states that require such rules by law, according to a July report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, also known as GLSEN.

Cody Jenschke, head athletic trainer at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD in Texas speaks with an injured athlete while the team physician evaluates his hip during a game.
Varsity girls’ soccer players are also at risk of injury. Above, the Lawrenceville School team competes in recent game. According to a report in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, girls aged 15 to 19 who play soccer have a greater chance to incur brain injury, compared to other sports.
Varsity football is a big deal at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. And athletic trainer Michael Goldenberg says tests for concussions are 10 times better and more prevalent than a decade ago. Some tests include checking an athlete’s response to light, looking for physical signs of head trauma and asking questions, looking for any signs of amnesia.

By the time a 220-pound linebacker gets in his way, a high school running back has built significant momentum. The resulting collisions have been described with metaphors involving rams, brick walls and Mack trucks.

John Hattie is an education researcher at the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

As an education researcher, I’ve spent more than 15 years conducting nearly 800 meta-analyses of 50,000 studies focused on student learning. The result, which I call Visible Learning, is about understanding the attributes of schooling that truly drive student learning and have a significant impact on achievement.

Elizabeth Rose’s new book tells the story of a substitute teacher moved between schools each week in New York City.

When Elizabeth Rose’s teaching job was cut, she was presented with two options: leave the profession or substitute in a different Manhattan public high school each week. Rather than give in, Rose—who’s also a musician, writer and actor—took on the substitute challenge. It was “a temptation no storyteller could resist,” she says.

Some of the latest software solutions monitor applications for free meals and track federal and state reimbursement reports for the National School Lunch Program.

Serving meals in schools has changed dramatically over the last few decades.

Many students suffer food allergies, and others don’t have enough money in their lunch account.

Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Ahart has tried to instill greater pride in his district’s urban schools.
Des Moines Public Schools celebrates its diversity in a state that remains predominantly white. A quarter of its students are Hispanic and nearly 18 percent are African American. About 100 different languages are spoken among the student body that includes refugees from Myanmar and Nepal.
Students created and set up colorful poles on the lawn of Findley Elementary, a high poverty school where many students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Art teacher Lisa Hesse shows off Findley Elementary’s movable “Living Wall,” where students have combined arts and gardening in an eye-pleasing project examining how plants grow.
Des Moines’ Central Campus, a regional technical high school, offers a wide range of career-focused programs, including an extensive marine biology lab that students tend to 365 days a year.
Graduation rates have been rising steadily during Ahart’s tenure. The Class of 2014 hit an all-time high of nearly 82 percent, a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year.
About 100 different languages are spoken among the student body that includes refugees from Myanmar and Nepal.
Technology has played a major role in Des Moines' turnaround. It was one of the first district's in Iowa to launch a high school 1-to-1 program.
Art teacher Lisa Hesse leads students through movements to help them pay better attention during instruction time.

Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Ahart strives to bring equity, pride and higher achievement to a once-struggling district that is far more diverse than the rest of Iowa. A garden of multicolored poles students have installed outside one low-income school taunt would-be vandals and represents Ahart's belief in the transformative power of education.

New Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool takes over a district grappling with a budget shortfall of about $1.1 billion.

Forrest Claypool, a top aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was named CEO of Chicago Public Schools in July. Previous CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennet resigned in June amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract awarded by the school board to her previous employer.

Schools are the center of the community and when schools are transformed in positive ways, communities are transformed. The continued rise of poverty is not surprising when policies and practices that could contribute to eliminating poverty are not addressed well. The foundation of systematic oppression is rooted in practices that contribute to a system becoming self-perpetuating because the conditions are institutionalized and habits are formed that are not interrupted.

Clockwise from top left: Kara S. Finnigan, Lesli C. Myers, Kevin McGowan and Shaun Nelms

Although the country is becoming increasingly diverse, our schools remain racially and economically segregated. High poverty schools with large proportions of students of color often have less experienced teachers, more transitory populations and challenges in providing a safe environment.

At Mentor Public Schools in Ohio, the IT team set up Chromebooks for all the elementary schools. And as part of the 1-to-1 initiative, high school students will have MacBooks.

There’s good news for district leaders in the ongoing battle to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth. One-gigabit networks are coming to more areas, the cost of service per megabit is decreasing, and funding through E-rate and other sources is increasing.

Technology in the classroom opens up opportunities for students of all ages at San Juan Unified, which has a partnership with Target.
Orange County schools in Florida has more than 1,500 business partnerships, and all fulfill a school priority or need.
Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia as earned $55,000 from a partnership with CVS/Pharmacy.

The average family spends $669 on clothing, electronics and other back-to-school supplies before classes begin each year. And in recent years, more school districts have received a share of the profits.

ool credits the Cyber Civics curriculum with raising test scores and eliminating poor digital student behavior.

Test scores have improved and online bullying incidents have been virtually eliminated at a California school that added weekly digital literacy instruction to its curriculum five years ago.

In response to an online bullying incident in 2010, parent Diana Garber and Journey School, a public K8 charter with 400 students in California’s Capistrano USD, created the Cyber Civics curriculum for the middle school grades.

Granbury ISD students celebrate the groundbreaking of a high school remodel that includes a new ninth grade wing and a fine arts center expansion.
 Granbury ISD’s remodel includes a new ninth grade wing and a fine arts center expansion.
Granbury ISD’s high school renovation project is projected to be completed in August.
A renovated Methuen High School, part of Methuen Public Schools in Massachusetts, features a new auditorium.
Fluvanna County Public Schools in Virginia built a new state-of-the-art high school due to both aging facilities and enrollment growth.

State-of-the-art science labs, green buildings and internet upgrades are among major trends in school construction this year, as districts break ground on large projects that address aging facilities, increased enrollment and technology needs, according to the first annual DA School Construction Survey.

Students in Baltimore City Public Schools now receive free breakfast and lunch every day under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’s Community Eligibility Provision.

To expand food service, the district took advantage of funding through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’s Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that launched in 2011 allowing schools with high poverty rates to replace traditional, tiered-price meal programs.