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Social-emotional learning book integrates with lesson planning

Gryphon House, Inc.'s new activity book, “Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum” by Ellen Booth Church, offers activities designed to connect social-emotional learning to the classroom curriculum with child-development tips, guidelines and support information for teachers.

Warren High School District 121 names new superintendent

The next superintendent of schools of the Illinois district will be John Ahlgrim. Currently the superintendent at Zion Elementary School District 6, he will take over from Superintendent Mary Perry Bates after she retires at the end of the school year.

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Oregon districts picks Gustavo Balderas

Gustavo Balderas is the Eugene School Board’s unanimous choice to lead the district. Currently the superintendent of Huntington Beach's district in California, Balderas will take over for Sheldon Berman, who asked to leave the Eugene district after this school year.

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Brian Whiston picked for Michigan school superintendent post

Dearborn school Superintendent Brian Whiston, the 2014 Michigan Superintendent of the Year, has been offered the position of state school superintendent. Whiston has been selected to replace Superintendent Michael Flanagan, who is retiring.

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New mobile device management products debuted

LocknCharge launched four new products for schools to safely store, charge and sync mobile devices in locked steel carts or stations at schools.

Huge repair backlog for Maryland suburbs' school HVAC systems

There is a nearly $1 billion backlog of heating system repairs or replacements in the public school systems in the Maryland suburbs, according to a news investigation. School building records in the counties of Montgomery, Prince George, Howard and Frederick show hundreds of school HVAC systems are in need of replacement in the coming years.

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How to get world-class leaders for world-class schools

Massachusetts' well-intentioned Open Meeting Law, with its strict provisions for conducting public business with the greatest possible transparency, generally serves the public sector well. However, it does, unintentionally, create problems in attracting top superintendent candidates to a process in which they are required to make their candidacies public.

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The teaching crisis that unions and school districts won't address

Los Angeles teachers and school district administrators are doing battle once again after 18 rounds of contract negotiations. Given the potential long-term impact of any settlement, it is a shame that a major stakeholder can't be at the negotiating table. Namely, college graduates considering whether to pursue a teaching career.

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Trenton school board to consider eliminating 226 positions

The New Jersey city's school board will vote to approve a budget proposal for next school year that calls for the elimination of more than 220 positions to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.

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McGraw-Hill Education releases new Building Blocks version

The new edition of Building Blocks includes 50 percent more games, increased support through grade 8 based on Common Core and state standards and iPad accessibility. The supplemental math program uses games, adaptive learning technology and personalized lessons to improve student math skills.