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How can district leaders guarantee that they will get accurate and actionable results from SEL assessments? What are the biggest challenges?

A February 2015 study from the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, concluded that, on average, every dollar invested in SEL programming yields $11 in long-term benefits.

School administrators more closely assess the social-emotional strengths of students and the impact of new programs.

FUTURES TAKE FLIGHT—CTE students at Duval High School in Maryland will soon be able to obtain their drone pilot’s license before they graduate.

How three high schools are implementing CTE programs to help students succeed in high-tech careers.

In their new book, Amanda Klinger (pictured) and her coauthor and mother, Amy Klinger, spell out the key elements of a living emergency plan that address unique circumstances at individual schools.

Most schools have adopted emergency plans to respond to active shooter events. But in a new book, Amanda Klinger reports that these plans often don’t address more likely situations such as severe weather, chemical spills or health crises.

A Duval High School CTE student uses music and dance to teach the principles of flight.

With the manufacturing industry increasingly seeking workers with more advanced tech skills, high school career and technical education programs now focus heavily on robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help students jump-start potentially lucrative careers.

Tina H. Weaver is the director of administration for Madison County Public Schools in Virginia.

Five considerations for successfully incorporating transportation employees into behavioral intervention systems.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be making your students, staff and parents feel excluded. If you answered “no” to each, you’re taking a great approach.

Educators and administrators should ask themselves these questions to determine whether they’re respecting identities and cultures by learning students’ and staff members’ names.  

A student’s name and identity matters. That’s why educators are spending more time on name pronunciation and are even making it part of the curriculum.

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. 

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.

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. 

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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