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Transgender students win rights under new California

A first-of-its-kind law in California addressing the rights of transgender students in public schools has set guidelines for administrators on how to ensure safety and equality for these students, who are at an increased risk for bullying.

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How to make reading more rigorous

Take it from one expert: Implementing Common Core literacy standards will be very difficult if district administrators can’t answer questions from educators, parents and policymakers about how the new standards will help students learn.

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The Business Of: School maintenance

At what point does it make sense for a district to outsource janitorial services and buildings and grounds maintenance? DA looks at the the pros and cons. 

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Strengthen your substitute pool

Economic struggles and new federal education guidelines over the past five years have changed the environment for substitute teachers. When economic difficulties led to staff cutbacks in almost every industry, many laid-off workers signed up to be substitutes, allowing districts to be more selective.

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Next gen science enters new dimension

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should soon give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp key science concepts. This more intensive level of assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Repair? Refresh? Recycle? Replace?

Just five years ago, Chawanakee USD, a small rural district nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in northern California, and the North Kansas City School District, a suburban district located just north of Kansas City, Mo., were at the starting lines of the digital revolution.

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Schools learn to outsmart ADHD

When students are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, approaches that were once excluded from the classroom are now considered a valid option for helping them focus and learn.

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Online learning softens impact of snow days

Snow days are melting away as schools increasingly take advantage of online curriculum to keep students learning virtually during weather closures.

La. district credits Scientific Learning’s software with improved skills

After the St. Mary Parish School System students using the Fast ForWord program achieved gains on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) tests, the district began extending its use to all schools.