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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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Transforming quiet school libraries into collaborative spaces

Transforming school libraries into communal learning “playgrounds” offers students technology support, remote access to research resources and expanded opportunities for creative exploration. One of the biggest trends is “makerspaces” where students use their imaginations to create crafts, electronics, videos and other projects.

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Special ed tactics aide Common Core success

A curriculum framework initially developed for special education students is gaining traction in general ed classrooms nationwide during Common Core implementation. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach created by a nonprofit that addresses students’ individual learning needs to reach standards.

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Slideshow: $11M athletic facility upgrade in San Diego

San Diego USD student athletes now play in a new football stadium, baseball field, track and other sports facilities as an $11 million improvement project was completed in April.

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American Indian educators help drive graduation gains

American Indian students consistently trail all other minority groups on standardized tests. But this population had the largest reported graduation rate gain of any demographic between 2010-11 and 2012-13. The jump is perhaps due in part to greater numbers of native teachers and administrators returning to reservation districts.

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How are ELL programs funded across states?

English language learners perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal. These extra programs require additional funding above the average per-student amount.

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Evolving principal role requires new professional development

Principals shifting their roles from building manager to instructional leader need more extensive PD to ensure top performance from teachers and students, according to a new policy brief from ASCD.

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