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Longtime educator Michael Niehoff writes on transformational leadership and professional development.
6/21/2018

Here, a few superintendents elaborate on the advantages of blogging.

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Alison DeNisco
June, 2018
A June study published in the Economics of Education Review says that shortening school weeks may cut costs for districts, but also increases the crime rates of students. (Gettyimages.com: pixomedesign).

Shortening school weeks may cut costs for districts, but the practice also increases student crime rates, according to a June study published in the Economics of Education Review.

Tim Goral
June, 2018
The Administration for Native Americans says that, of the 245 indigenous languages in the U.S., about 65  are extinct and 75 are near extinction. (Gettyimages.com: mvp64).

The Department of Education has begun accepting applications for $2.3 million in grants that will teach Native American languages to a new generation of children.

Steven Blackburn
June, 2018
Tiffany Anderson is superintendent of Topeka Public Schools.

Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who lives more than 60 miles from her office, arrives at Topeka Public Schools every day at 5:30 a.m. and leaves at 7 p.m., so she can spend more time getting to know the district.

June, 2018

The latest technology can fill classrooms with movie theater-quality sound. Among the latest products are audio enhancers for videoconferences and speakers that can mount to various surfaces and generate sound from numerous devices. Students can add some constructive “noise” of their own with throwable microphones and online music platforms.

Ray Bendici
June, 2018
BOOKSTORE BROWSING—Nearly 60 of Baltimore County Public Schools’ libraries have reorganized shelves to emulate bookstores, with books grouped by genre rather than the Dewey Decimel System. Students find it easier to help themselves.

School libraries increasingly use “genrefication”—the reorganization of collections by genre as opposed to the traditional Dewey Decimal System—to boost circulation.

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Across the US, the number of teen suicides has risen dramatically over the years. Whether it’s the stress of high-level courses or the anxiety of divorcing parents, a staggering amount of students are overcrowding school counseling centers, says Psychology Today. In fact, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 teenagers and young adults suffer from mental illness.

Guy Barmoha, director of the secondary learning department for Broward County Public Schools in Florida, wanted to challenge high-achieving, middle school mathematics students beyond what acceleration can offer. Elements of Mathematics: Foundations, a curriculum by the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, provided the solution.

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