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Crafting a strong and well-balanced social media policy requires considerable time and effort. The policy must be flexible enough to accommodate new tech trends yet thorough and specific.

Describe preparation versus prevention when it comes to a school district’s safety plan. 

You can only prepare for general incidents; you can’t prepare for the specific. Preparing a safety plan gets everybody on the same page. Whether it’s a bus accident, bomb threat or intruder alert, prevention comes through debriefing after an emergency occurs. You can’t prevent a bus accident, but you can prevent inadequacies in how we communicate to parents, how we handle injured students and how we deal with the press during that time. 

The zero-out-of-100 is just one of the traditional grading practices schools are rethinking as they seek to report student performance more accurately.

The U.S. Department of Education has until January to approve or deny Iowa’s plan. If approved, Iowa plans to conduct the survey annually beginning in spring 2018.

Iowa intends to survey students on school climate as part of its Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) accountability plan.

Beverly Daniel Tatum is an authority on the psychology of racism and a retired president of Spelman College.

20 years after Beverly Daniel Tatum's landmark 1997 book Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? was released, she is now back with a fully revised edition.

Schools connected to overseas U.S. military bases often try to restrict class sizes—to about 18 or 20 pupils—so teachers can develop closer relationships with their students.

A teacher’s primary obligation is to make sure newcomers integrate into their classes as quickly as possible, says Amy Peaceman, who recently retired after 41 years of teaching in Department of Defense schools.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman was assistant superintendent for all the high schools in Philadelphia before taking the role of principal at the notorious Strawberry Mansion High School.

As the principal who changed two low-performing and violent Philadelphia high schools into safe spaces focused on learning, Linda Cliatt-Wayman developed a program of high expectations.

Perhaps one of the more confusing aspects of teaching about religion is the question of whether students can pray in public schools.

The answer is yes, within established guidelines.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union:

Link to main story: Schools are teaching, not preaching

District and school safety plans and compliance measures are a start, but how do you move beyond the basics to accurately assess the preparedness of your staff and students?

This web seminar discussed the most current recommendations for school safety and emergency preparedness that every administrator should understand, as well as practical advice and best practices to implement in any school or district when it comes to safety and security. 

Catherine Finger

Retired Superintendent

RELIEF FOR SCHOOLS—Roy Garcia, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD associate superintendent, helps organize classroom supplies donated to Moore Elementary School teachers in September. (Cypress-Fairbanks ISD).

School officials in more than 200 southeastern Texas districts were struggling early last month to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Schools should create student contracts in the classroom and develop device-usage guidelines that clarify “good behaviors.” ( jesadphorn).

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. high school students admitted to using a connected device to cheat on a classroom exam or project, according to a recent survey.

Nancy Willard is the director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age.

What schools are trying to do to prevent bullying appears to have had almost no positive impact.

Lockdown drills can pose health hazards, says Dennis Lewis, president of Edu-Safe, a safety training firm.

Lewis, who spent 17 years as the public safety director for Springfield Public Schools in Missouri, shares the following best practices:

Connect instruction to safety. Rigid, step-by-step drills don’t encourage critical thinking, discussion or variations. Educators can develop lessons that, for example, encourage students to think about wider safety issues and teamwork.

Across the country, schools are weighing the pros and cons of practicing worst-case scenario drills without unduly traumatizing students, staff and the community.

Laura Carno is the founder and executive director of, an organization that provides firearms training to school staff who are authorized as armed first responders. Deborah Gordon Klehr is the executive director of the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania.

As more states consider allowing staff to be armed in the classroom, we present two perspectives.