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Here are seven more strategies from the National Association of School Psychologists for dealing with counseling shortages.

The school psychologist shortage rages on, but districts are exploring nontraditional options to provide comprehensive care to all students.

Vancouver Public Schools in Washington operates evening preschool at nine elementaries with 170 students to meet the needs of families with nontraditional schedules. 

While there is strong evidence that the arts contribute to a complete education, many administrators instead allocate resources to college and career readiness programs. Workable solutions to save music programs are hard to come by.

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith is the author of What School Could Be (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In his new book What School Could Be, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith profiles schools that focus on innovation and “real” learning, rather than endlessly drilling on formulas and definitions that don’t matter in today’s world.

To prevent lunch debt from adding up, Diane Pratt-Heavner of the School Nutrition Association recommends:

Districts providing meals for any student who cannot pay may face an unintended consequence: massive debt, sometimes reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lori Koerner is the principal at Tremont Elementary, part of the Patchogue-Medford School District in New York.

We must offer students ample time for recess and brain breaks to help them to develop social competencies and to optimize attention to learning. As a result, students will be better able to perform their academic tasks.

Linda L. Briggs has been writing about the intersection of technology and education for over 25 years, with a focus on government and education.

The most effective PD programs are scalable, encourage networking and use technology to serve learning when and where teachers can use it.

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.”

To overcome the geographic, fiscal and cultural obstacles to educating their students in STEM, rural superintendents are tapping new funding sources, forming partnerships and exploiting technology.

To engage students with diverse interests, high schools are adding nontraditional sports such as flag football, bass fishing, sand volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, orienteering and esports, to their lineups.

Externship programs offer hands-on experience and the opportunity for creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication that better inform instruction and boost teacher confidence.

The reach of K12 bulk purchasing and co-op agreements has expanded substantially as more districts join to save substantial amounts on everything from software to playground equipment, according to a recent AASA report.

Managing school energy use can save money and accelerate conservation. The latest in energy management technology can prevent waste automatically while allowing administrators to control ventilation and other systems from a computer or mobile app. Some platforms also track billing information and send alerts during emergencies, such as power outages.

One energy management solution even recycles outdated light bulbs.

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