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Microcredentials provide highly personalized PD

Alison DeNisco
July, 2016
Teachers from Kettle Morain School District in Milwaukee complete a microcredential to receive a salary increase.

Few teachers receive individualized professional development, though many are expected to personalize learning for students. Microcredentials—digital badges that teachers earn by learning a skill and demonstrating mastery through student results—offer a PD pathway designed to be highly differentiated and engaging.

Superintendent seeks harmony in Hartford

Angela Pascopella
July, 2016
Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez's initial spending plan was cut by $3.2 million by the school board.

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez has led Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut for two years. But it’s been two decades since a landmark state court case ruled the district had violated the U.S. Constitution by isolating children based on race and socioeconomics. And despite new budget woes, Schiavino-Narvaez continues to fight for better schools.

Zoology and botany magnet school comes to Miami-Dade County

Ariana Fine
July, 2016
Sophomores take their annual slough slogging expedition at Everglades National Park, left, as they explore how slight changes in elevation and water chemistry can drastically modify the terrain and biodiversity.

Miami-Dade County’s BioTECH @ Richmond Heights—a conservation-biology-focused STEM high school that opened in 2014-15 with help from an $11 million federal grant—focuses on zoology, botany, genetics, ecology, chemistry and environmental sciences.

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.

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