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Brooke Lawson is the mental health coordinator at Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Indiana.

Early intervention efforts that include open, clear communications with students and their families are key.

RETAIN UNTIL RETIREMENT—Veteran teachers in the Alpine School District receive a stipend as an incentive in their retirement packages. The Utah district also makes contributions to a state plan, to which teachers can add payments.

As schools clamor to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, a generous, dependable retirement savings plan can be an important draw. To provide that, district leaders must understand the challenges posed by current offerings and identify alternatives.

Mike Daugherty is director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio.

Here are three communication strategies to help educate families and keep them connected when implementing new technology initiatives.

San Diego USD sets guidelines for master scheduling. The district includes these five strategies. 

The master schedule determines what students learn, who they learn from and who they learn with. Scheduling software is key to maximizing students’ and teachers’ learning time. 

The next generation of IT infrastructure, hyperconvergence combines computing, storage and networking into a single, simplified and automated system that is far easier and less costly to use and maintain, making it a perfect fit for school districts, which often have limited IT resources.

This web seminar discussed hyperconverged IT infrastructures, how these systems work in K12 environments, and the keys to successful implementation and deployment—which can take just a few minutes, but can benefit teachers, students, parents and administrators far into the future.

From left to right: Kay Benning, Director of Library Services, Elmbrook Schools (Wis.); Edwin Tucker, Account Manager, OverDrive Education.

Digital reading platforms can enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content to both students and educators in all subject areas, as well as supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles, and more.

As a longtime elementary school teacher, Jolene Rude has seen her share of students struggle with—and sometimes abandon—difficult math problems. After using Everyday Mathematics 4, however, even struggling students are learning challenging math concepts, along with life skills, says Rude, an elementary CORE math teacher at Johnston Community School District, located in a northern suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.

Ty E. Howard is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He regularly represents educational institutions in matters involving compliance, litigation, internal investigations, Title IX issues and related matters.

School investigations pose special challenges. The risks are often high, and school leaders, even those well-versed in typical legal issues, may be inexperienced in conducting investigations. Here are best practices for avoiding a legal nightmare.

District CIOs recommend following the Cybersecurity Framework created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. The model recommends five functions to address cybersecurity threats.

Districts should develop a strategy for network, application, content, endpoint, cloud/data center, and physical security, according to a Council of the Great City Schools report.

The “Cyber-Security in Today’s K-12 Environment” report from the Council of the Great City Schools outlines six areas of security. Districts should develop a strategy for each one.

When securing edtech infrastructure, district leaders must concentrate on six layers of security—physical, network, applications, content, endpoint and cloud/data centers—to build a comprehensive defense against increasing and evolving cyberattacks.

Eileen Belastock is chief technology officer for Mount Greylock Regional School District in Massachusetts.

Voice-activated tools can create more immersive learning experiences, but school leaders need to consider the potential privacy risks and to safeguard student data.

While testing in the U.S. has become more about ranking schools and even teachers, in most of the developed world, tests make or break a student’s future, sometimes before the age of 12.

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