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the best medicine—A “laughter yoga” session reduces student stress in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. The district has also provided PD to show teachers how to conduct meditation and breathing exercises to ease their own and students’ anxiety.

Across the country, districts are grappling with rising levels of student anxiety attributed to everything from academic pressures to larger social forces. 

EXTRA SUPPORT—At the ESL academy, high school ELLs get after-school help with homework and other study support. Teachers from all disciplines are available while students work independently, in teams or in small groups.

A combination of grants and community outreach allowed Piscataway Township Schools to adopt a “cradle to career” approach to serve its large—and rapidly growing—population of ELLs more effectively.

Ken Trump (ken@schoolsecurity.org) is the president of National School Safety and Security Services.

The emotionally charged climates following the tragic attack in Parkland, Florida are understandable, but making knee-jerk decisions with a “do something, do anything, do it now” mantra can lead to high-risk, high-liability actions.

Rose Aldubaily is director of English learners and compensatory education, and Glenn Maleyko is superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools in Michigan.

Striving to ensure the implementation of best practices that support all learners is critical to academic achievement for diverse populations.

While teacher absenteeism is sometimes unavoidable, schools across the country are following varied strategies toward higher attendance.

After February’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there was no shortage of suggestions for improving school security, ranging from adding more guards to arming teachers.

If you’ve visited a classroom lately, you’ve likely noticed a remarkable difference in how teaching and learning happens. Computers and devices are staples in most classrooms, and you’re far more likely to find students working in groups than a teacher at the front of the room lecturing. Though the teacher continues to play a crucial role, how they do that has changed. Today’s teachers play more of a mentor role, facilitating and supporting students on their personal learning journeys; pushing them to discover and discuss, explore and experiment, and to fail fast and adapt.

The New School Rules is a book about pursuing education reform. It describes effective ways to build team trust and to lead faculty without micromanaging.

The New School Rules, a book about pursuing education reform, describes effective ways to build team trust and to lead faculty without micromanaging.

Math instruction continues to move further into digital territory, but many lessons still depend on hands-on activities and nondigital materials, such as textbooks.

Paraeducators constitute more than one-quarter of the instructional staff in U.S. schools and districts. They play a critical role, from providing behavior support to teaching both academic and social and emotional skills to students. 

Takeaways from the 2018 ‘What’s Hot in Literacy’ report

More than 2,000 educators from 91 countries and territories responded to the most recent survey from the International Literacy Association, targeting the most important issues in literacy.

Student success starts at the building level. Can you talk about the influence of the building culture as an “experience” generated by teachers and other certified staff?

Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson have both served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in New York city public schools.

In 2014, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Leadership created the New Principal Support (NPS) program to reduce turnover and help experienced principals grow.

BROADENING HORIZONS—Tech staff at Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District near Minneapolis coach teachers to help students use technology to bridge cultural barriers.

Instructional technology directors serve as classroom coaches and content experts in districts determined to use devices, digital learning and other technology to their full instructional potential.

For 25 years, Michael Niehoff has been a teacher, advisor, director of activities, learning director, principal and author. He writes on project-based learning, social media literacy, transformational leadership and professional development.

Here is a list of non-education books that today’s educational leaders recommend to their peers.

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