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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.

In school districts across the country, administrators and teachers unions are increasingly working together to address challenges.

Source: Collaborative for Customer-Based Execution and Strategy Benchmark K-12 School Study, Rice University, 2017

Parents rate family and community engagement as the most important driver of satisfaction with their child’s school—but districts frequently fail to offer them a voice in the education system, says recent study.

Repurposing buses no longer suitable for daily transportation has provided schools with mobile makerspaces, traveling cafés and bookmobiles.

Pamela Roggeman is the Academic Dean for the College of Education at University of Phoenix and served for more than 17 years as a secondary education teacher.  

To better understand how—and if—teachers are equipping students to solve real-world problems, we must reflect on teaching practices through sound, formative assessment.

Donna Reynolds is principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida.

Donna Reynolds, principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida, connected with students by performing with the dance team at a pep rally.

Thousands of science teachers around the country are incorporating standards that include the study of climate change. But other educators have found that one of the first questions to answer is exactly how to deliver the lessons.

Head lice are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and live close to the scalp.

Head lice policies are causing controversy throughout the country, as some districts abandon “no nit” rules that require sending home children who have nits (lice eggs) or live lice in their hair.

When done right, international travel exposes students to a diversity of people and perspectives, teaching them to communicate and relate with others.

Rose L. Colby, a competency-based learning and assessment specialist, is the author of Competency-Based Education.

Rose L. Colby’s book Competency-Based Education introduces educators to a new model for anytime, anywhere schooling, and provides curriculum resources for redesigning the traditional structures of our schools.

The digital divide still exists, but has shown signs of narrowing over the past six years, according to a recent study of media use by students under 8 years old by Common Sense Media.

Nevada recently launched an online reporting system for parents and students, joining a handful of other states and districts in efforts to combat bullying.

With districts facing a shortage of bilingual teachers, paraprofessionals present a rich source of candidates.

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

How can administrators prepare staff with best practices and reasonable emergency plans? How can you communicate safety to your parents in a social media world on digital steroids?

As the internet and social media become entrenched in classrooms, more schools teach students how to behave responsibly online and how to gauge the credibility of the web’s resources.

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