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The two words, “these kids,” frustrate Superintendent Carla Santorno more than any other phrase. It’s used by some educators as a kind of secret code and a flimsy excuse for academic failure among marginalized students, she says.
Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent Carla Santorno weighs in on other topics confronted by today’s K12 administrators. Standards “The best things we have going for us now are content standards. There […]
Teacher: Helen Davis, grade 4: “She let me know I had worth” Childhood aspiration: Translator at the UN Pastime/hobby: My grandkids, Hallmark Christmas movies and old-time radio shows from the […]
Experts and educators offer tips on how to use Alexa, Google Home and other voice-activated devices in the classroom. These suggestions cover instructional uses and security: Allow students to ask […]
Transition planning for special education students has evolved so that the activities students participate in now mirror more closely mainstream college- and career-prep programs.
Many teachers—even seasoned special education teachers—haven’t studied transition planning through university coursework or through other professional development.
District leaders looking to enhance their teacher PD can find more information on the following K12 education programs.
Today’s mentoring programs go beyond the basics of helping new teachers acclimate to the classroom. The one-on-one coaching model can serve as a boot camp for new teachers and a reboot for veterans.
Districts increasingly look outside of existing budgets to supply IT teams with the apps, technology and professional development today’s K12 environment demands. Leaders who are solving this funding puzzle turn […]
OK, it’s not that easy, but the following links can help you get started seeking edtech grants. Local service clubs Rotary International: rotary.org/en Kiwanis International Service Club: kiwanis.org Sertoma Inc.: […]
Here are the prices that Texas-based School Purchasing Alliance members pay for a case of food versus what they would pay if they were not part of the co-op. LINK […]
The New Orleans-based Healthy School Food Collaborative grew out of the challenges charter schools in Louisiana faced while recovering from Hurricane Katrina. At the time, James Graham was working as […]
Today’s school district food-service directors often find that joining purchasing cooperatives saves them at least 5 percent in food costs. Co-ops also save time by handling the request-for-proposal process and […]
Multiage classrooms are, by design, more focused on projects and interdisciplinary learning than traditional, teacher-focused classrooms. For that reason, they usually look different than traditional classrooms full of desks. Furnishing […]
In August, Woodbrook Elementary School in Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia completed a renovation and expansion that features much larger classrooms to facilitate multiage learning. Each family at Woodbrook […]
Years ago, it was easy for districts to ignore what high average daily-attendance numbers can conceal: kids, sometimes lots of them, who miss weeks of school every year. The 2015 […]
Every school district in the country could reduce student absenteeism by 10 to 15 percent immediately—and it wouldn’t even cost that much, Harvard Public Policy Professor Todd Rogers says. The […]
Greene County Career Center (Ohio) Initiative: A truancy interventionist helps students cope with life challenges such as daycare for their children, homelessness and driving parents to chemotherapy appointments. Result: Truancy […]
YONKERS, N.Y.—Brian Schulder, the security and safety director at Yonkers Public Schools, considers himself an educator, first and foremost. He’s not some hardened, former city beat cop or detective—he’s spent […]
Yonkers security director Brian Schulder follows these principles in keeping schools secure. LINK BACK TO MAIN ARTICLE: Day in the Life: Brian Schulder, security director, Yonkers Public Schools Matt Zalaznick […]