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Schools make cafeteria connections

Deborah Yaffe
July, 2016
Fruits and vegetables: A Saint Paul Public Schools student finds her breakfast quite tasty—and parents know it’s healthy, too. The district started to also incorporate more ethnic foods on menus.

More than five years after Congress required schools to serve healthier food, districts are using social media, technology tools and old-fashioned personal outreach to connect with parents. The goal: persuading them that today’s school meals are nothing like the sometimes unhealthy foods they remember from their own childhoods.

How to navigate yoga in schools

Ray Bendici
June, 2016

A school in Georgia made national headlines when parents opposed using yoga to help students relieve stress and increase focus. They said it promotes a Far East religion, though many practitioners disagree with that view.

Website management tools improve communication

Ray Bendici
June, 2016

Integration and simplification top wish lists when it comes to website management tools. Administrators want tools to connect easily and effectively with parents and students as the variety of programs, platforms and devices grows.

Customer service tips for school administrators

Alison DeNisco
June, 2016
Parents know the difference between platitudes and genuine commitment from school leaders.

Customer service is not traditionally thought of as part of a district administrator’s job—but learning effective communication skills can sometimes mean the difference between retaining or losing students to charter schools, according to a new report.

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