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Farming for the summer

Forty high school students from Tennessee and Kentucky spent their summer growing healthy food for themselves and the poor and homeless in their community.

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Training needed to prevent physical, sexual abuse in schools

Nearly one in 10 K12 students are sexually abused by teachers, coaches, principals and other personnel, according to the Department of Education. To combat a growing number of abuse cases, a California insurance provider is offering free online training courses to help district staff learn how to report abuse.

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Florida renewing STEM commitment to rural communities

By 2018, Florida will have 411,000 STEM-related jobs, fourth highest among the 50 states, and nine out of 10 jobs created in the state before the end of the decade will be in STEM-related fields.

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Common Core app adoption: Tips for administrators

The constantly expanding world of mobile education means apps have become the tech of choice for implementing the Common Core. Administrators must now wade through hundreds of Common Core-aligned apps to determine which will get the best results.

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Do soundtracks improve reading comprehension?

A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K12 realm for boosting reading skills. But some researchers remain skeptical of its claim of increasing achievement without additional instruction.

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School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly require students to have expansive digital literacy skills.

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Physical and sexual abuse: A harsh reality facing your school

Physical and sexual abuse in schools, once seen as an isolated local concern, is now a national issue. A Congressional report estimated that as many as 4.5 million K12 students are subject to sexual misconduct and physical or verbal abuse.

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5 tips for expediting the teacher hiring process

Having great educators in the classroom is one of the keys to fostering successful students and an effective school—but finding top-tier educators can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. And the hiring process is especially challenging in today’s landscape.

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How schools can save money when budgets are tight

A new report outlines strategies administrators can use to spend wisely during financially constrained times. The savings tips come from superintendents, think tanks and professors.

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Strengthening the shell of your school

Administrators budgeting for construction have the tools to ensure their buildings’ shells—the roofs, windows and insulation—are energy-efficient and easy to maintain. Here are the many issues to consider.

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