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Districts and community organizations now provide transportation, meals, summer lessons and family activities to prepare children for kindergarten reading.

Statewide teacher strikes and walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado and Kentucky left students out of school for days while superintendents scrambled.

“Growth mindset” is the increasingly popular learning approach in which K12 leaders affirm their students’—and their staff members’—lifelong capacity to boost intelligence.

Mounds of research has shown that principals’ most important contributions to their schools come in the realm of instructional leadership.

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN’—A typical class at  Tahoma High involves students working on separate machines, including a tire balancer. Instructor Luke Thompson also provides writing assignments. Documenting work, he says, is an industry standard for tasks such as repair orders.

Schools have started fine-tuning their automotive tech programs to make them ideal vehicles for STEM instruction.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids hopes the federal government will take stronger action to restrict sales of the devices, such as raising the legal purchasing age to 21. (Gettyimages: martinedoucet).

District leaders have taken a wide range of responses to curb the alarming increase in students’ use of vaping devices and e-cigarettes.

Monica Burns is an edTech and curriculum consultant, author, and former classroom teacher. Her book "Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom" was published by ASCD in 2017.

As you consider using social media to connect with students and families, or look to refine your current commitment, here are four tips for connecting with your school community through these online platforms.

Cheryl Logan will be superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district.

On July 1, Cheryl Logan begins her tenure as superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district.

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.

Source: International Labor Organization

New California laws make the state first in the nation to adopt human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention education and training for students and teachers.

Today’s more sophisticated visitor management systems allow K12 leaders to get a better handle on who’s trying to enter (or leave) their buildings—including tardy students.

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.

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.

Many elementary school students in Marion County Public Schools spend more than 20 minutes per night reading with family members. How did Maier and her team of educators achieve this? They eliminated homework in elementary school.

States must provide more information than what’s required on federally mandated school report cards to give administrators and parents a clearer view of the education culture, according to a recent report.

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