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Michael Dorn is the executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit K12 school safety center.

Fidelity testing concepts can be applied to more effectively evaluate almost any policy, procedure, technology, equipment or training program relating to school safety. Simulations reveal how school personnel will react in a crisis.

How can district leaders guarantee that they will get accurate and actionable results from SEL assessments? What are the biggest challenges?

A February 2015 study from the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, concluded that, on average, every dollar invested in SEL programming yields $11 in long-term benefits.

Questions from three leading assessments.

School administrators more closely assess the social-emotional strengths of students and the impact of new programs.

FUTURES TAKE FLIGHT—CTE students at Duval High School in Maryland will soon be able to obtain their drone pilot’s license before they graduate.

How three high schools are implementing CTE programs to help students succeed in high-tech careers.

In their new book, Amanda Klinger (pictured) and her coauthor and mother, Amy Klinger, spell out the key elements of a living emergency plan that address unique circumstances at individual schools.

Most schools have adopted emergency plans to respond to active shooter events. But in a new book, Amanda Klinger reports that these plans often don’t address more likely situations such as severe weather, chemical spills or health crises.

A Duval High School CTE student uses music and dance to teach the principles of flight.

With the manufacturing industry increasingly seeking workers with more advanced tech skills, high school career and technical education programs now focus heavily on robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help students jump-start potentially lucrative careers.

Tina H. Weaver is the director of administration for Madison County Public Schools in Virginia.

Five considerations for successfully incorporating transportation employees into behavioral intervention systems.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be making your students, staff and parents feel excluded. If you answered “no” to each, you’re taking a great approach.

Educators and administrators should ask themselves these questions to determine whether they’re respecting identities and cultures by learning students’ and staff members’ names.  

A student’s name and identity matters. That’s why educators are spending more time on name pronunciation and are even making it part of the curriculum.

Why does the prospect of teaching a class just once scare the heck out of normally unflappable people? Is it because teaching demands the ability not just to follow the steps in a lesson plan, but to create solutions, to innovate and adapt hour by hour while being challenged by 20 to 30 sets of critical eyes watch your every move?

The alarming rate of school shootings in recent years has led to the creation of emergency notification systems that can send various types of messages to multiple devices, giving administrators more control.

Low salaries, dismal job satisfaction rates, decreased education funding and a general devaluing of the profession detract future teachers and impede retention. That’s why some districts are turning to creative partnerships to boost hiring. 

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