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Investing in sustainable schools with no upfront costs

New partnerships between districts and energy service companies provide much-needed funding for school sustainability upgrades that can range from installing efficient lighting to renovating entire buildings.

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Asking edtech vendors the tough questions

While technology infiltrates every aspect of K12 operations, CIOs must negotiate with various vendors to ensure students and educators can make the most out of new software and hardware. Here, tech experts provide key questions for CIOs to ask vendors.

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Is healthcare required for full-time substitute teachers?

School districts beware: Labor attorney sees signals that the IRS intends to force schools to treat genuine substitutes as full-time to perhaps reduce the incentive to hire more subs and fewer regular teachers.

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Maximizng your education apps

Getting the right education apps into classrooms isn’t as easy as reading reviews, doing a quick download and making a link available to staff.

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How schools create homeschool connections

Driven by a commitment to serve all students, or by a desire to maximize state funding, some districts are offering families that educate their children at home everything from free computers to curricular guidance.

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Unique twists on school wellness

Students ease stress with stretches in school yoga sessions. In another district, students eat vegetables they’ve grown in a school garden. Elsewhere, more students eat healthy breakfasts they’ve grabbed from convenient to-go carts. This kind of innovation is evident across the country, as district leaders find new ways to promote health and wellness.

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Schools create inclusive climates for transgender students

As transgender students win sturdier legal protections from state and federal laws, more district leaders have given members of this growing population rights to choose the names they’ll respond to at roll call, which bathrooms they’ll use and which athletic teams they’ll join.

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The creative approach to teaching and learning

Sir Ken Robinson’s new book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, builds on his belief that we are all born with immense natural talents, but by the time we’ve been through an education system, far too many of us have lost touch with them.

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Be a source for our environmental education story

Districts have launched innovative environmental education programs that get students out in the field doing hands-on work. If your district has such a program, we’d like to hear about how it has engaged students in mastering STEM concepts and put them on college and career tracks. Please follow the link to contact us.

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Be a source for our environmental education story

Districts have launched innovative environmental education programs that get students out in the field doing hands-on work. If your district has such a program, we’d like to hear about how it has engaged students in mastering STEM concepts and put them on college and career tracks. Please follow the link to contact us.

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