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BROADER BRUSH—The culture underlying the words now plays a bigger role in world language instruction, as teachers work to develop students who can succeed and communicate in a more connected world.
10/18/2018

Today’s most progressive language instruction covers more than speech. Educators now work to build students’ fluency in the culture behind the words.

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Steven Blackburn
October, 2018

The alarming rate of school shootings in recent years has led to the creation of emergency notification systems that can send various types of messages to multiple devices, giving administrators more control.

Alison DeNisco
October, 2018

Low salaries, dismal job satisfaction rates, decreased education funding and a general devaluing of the profession detract future teachers and impede retention. That’s why some districts are turning to creative partnerships to boost hiring. 

Steven Blackburn
October, 2018
Co-principals Shy-Quon Ely II and Brooke Beavers will focus on improving test scores, preventing state intervention and establishing closer ties with families and the community.

Co-principals Shy-Quon Ely II and Brooke Beavers, most recently co-leaders of a local charter, will focus on improving test scores, preventing state intervention and establishing closer ties with families and the community.

Steven Blackburn
October, 2018
UPGRADED LEARNING SPACE—After being used for 16 years to teach photography, this classroom at Sunnyside High School has been transformed to accommodate CTE. Student collaboration is encouraged with easily movable and adjustable chairs and workstations.

When coursework shifted to a multimedia focus, Sunnyside High’s CTE classroom was remodeled to accommodate it and promote hand-on learning. The project included replacing traditional tables and chairs with movable workstations. 

Matt Zalaznick
October, 2018

More school districts now operate winter- and spring-break academies as a way for students to complete courses, retake classes they’ve failed, get a jump-start on other work and increase their chances of on-time graduation.

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A1,100-student school district in Minnesota had been purchasing food supplies through a buying group of five other school systems—but it wasn’t efficient. “We would have to meet quite often,” says Director of Food Service Sandie Rentz of Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools. “We wrote our own bids and market basket. Then we would go out for bidding and tabulate the results ourselves.”

At first, the class was like any other at Georgia’s Quitman County School District. Kids sat at desks while an adult lectured. Despite appearances, this was no ordinary lecture. Schneider Electric organized STEM activities for the kids in this Quitman County high school class. These activities are part of Quitman County’s energy performance contract with Schneider Electric and are designed to engage students in a STEM-inspired engineering shadowing program focused on energy conservation.

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As a longtime elementary school teacher, Jolene Rude has seen her share of students struggle with—and sometimes abandon—difficult math problems. After using Everyday Mathematics 4, however, even struggling students are learning challenging math concepts, along with life skills, says Rude, an elementary CORE math teacher at Johnston Community School District, located in a northern suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.