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Getting dirty is part of a superintedent's job

Alvin Crawley relishes the days he can get a little dirty. Recently, he played kickball with elementary school students, then dusted off his new suit before returning to his office. Crawley might not sound like a typical superintendent, but he is managing a $215 million budget, collaborating with the teachers union, and ensuring students are engaged in their learning.

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Complex care confronts schools

As the number of children with life-threatening allergies, asthma and other chronic medical conditions increases, several large districts have shed nurses because of budget crunches.Still, districts nationwide are pursuing a range of solutions to these mounting health care challenges.

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Product Focus: Promoting creativity with science lab equipment

Technology is revolutionizing the study of science. New lab products allow more engaging and safer experiments. Following the BYOD and 1-to-1 trend, many of these products come with mobile apps so students can take their inquiries outside the classroom and analyze data in the field.

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How schools are supercharging the SIS

Robust systems that automate a wide range of tasks allow for more efficient business operations and ensure that mission-critical processes are done properly and at the right time.

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Breaking the mold: Toward a paradigm shift in education

When Charles Reigeluth and Jennifer Karnopp titled their book Reinventing Schools: It’s Time to Break the Mold they meant it. The authors are proposing radical changes in the way education meets the demands of today’s Information Age.

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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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