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At-risk achievement

No matter how cutting-edge the technology or advanced the curriculum, students have a hard time mastering essays and equations if they’re hungry, traumatized or feeling marginalized by a textbook’s inaccurate portrayal of their ethnic group.

Flint superintendent confronts water crisis

First-time Superintendent Bilal Tawwab started work at Flint Community Schools in September, prepared to take on the district’s budget deficit of $10.5 million and a number of poor-performing schools. The city’s infamous water crisis erupted during his first month at the helm of the district of 7,000 students.

Calling all ‘Districts of Distinction’

If your school system is leading the way with an innovative project that is improving student outcomes, streamlining operations or meeting community needs, it could be a District of Distinction. Dozens of school systems have been honored by Districts of Distinction, a national recognition program that highlights new ideas that work.

Districts of Distinction March 2016: Creative collaboration

Educators constantly face challenges that require resources that may be in short supply. But this round’s Districts of Distinction honorees show a surplus of creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills that are increasing student achievement and graduation rates and, most importantly, facilitating education.

New classroom tools aid STEAM lessons

With the ever-increasing reach of technology and the corresponding growth of STEAM-related curricula, it is challenging to find the right tools to help bring such concepts into the classroom in engaging, student-friendly ways. STEAM-focused classroom products also must easily integrate into existing lesson plans.

"The Superintendent and the CFO" and other reading picks for district leaders

Other recommended books focus on rewiring the brain for critical thinking, how principals can hone leadership skills and how to teach energy concepts across all science disciplines.

State laws impact bullying rates

Students living in states with an antibullying law that includes at least one U.S. Department of Education-recommended legislative component had lower reported bullying and cyberbullying rates compared to students living in states without such legal provisions, according to recent research. 

Photo Essay: Pairing soccer and poetry on a new field

Kicking a soccer ball might feel a bit like poetry—the power of your foot sending the ball curling through the air to a teammate or into the back of a net. Washington, D.C., teacher Julie Kennedy has for the past 20 years paired verse with the world’s most popular sport to provide a safe haven for thousands of urban students.

Texas schools test brain benefits of recess

Multiple studies affirm the importance of play in children’s physical and mental health. At four Texas elementary schools, students have more time for swings, monkey bars and outdoor games after administrators adopted a Finnish model structured around four short recess periods each day.

Administrators cancel school trips after terrorist threats

The November terrorist attack on Paris and ensuing threats to major U.S. cities led many administrators nationwide to cancel class spring break trips in efforts to keep students safe. The decisions, in many cases, disappointed students, parents and city officials in popular tourist destinations.

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