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New York’s first bee team has provided students with multiple learning opportunities—from the basics of beekeeping and the physics of the waggle dance to the math behind hive construction.

Betsy Hanger, an instructor with the nonprofit Mindful Schools, describes what mindfulness looks like as elementary students age.

FINDING INNER PEACE—Students in summer school at McKinley-Brighton Elementary in Syracuse, New York, practice mindfulness and yoga for 30 minutes every day.

But this only works if students practice mindfulness daily, and they do during summer school at a Syracuse, New York, elementary. Schools can change a punitive culture by training teachers to practice mindfulness and meditation, too.

Dwayne Copeland was named the 2018 elementary school principal of the year by Florida's Volusia County School District and the FUTURES Foundation.

After raising the grade during his first year at Edith I. Starke Elementary School, Principal Dwayne Copeland maintained the C average for three years by creating a PTA and by adding field trips to school offerings. 

The percentage of kindergartners in West Valley School District #208 ready for math compared to kindergartners in Washington state.

Here are the demographics of West Valley School District #208 in Yakima, Washington. 

A student success program at West Valley School District #208 in Yakima, Washington, provides additional support for learners from pre-K through high school graduation.

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Here are seven more strategies from the National Association of School Psychologists for dealing with counseling shortages.

The school psychologist shortage rages on, but districts are exploring nontraditional options to provide comprehensive care to all students.

Vancouver Public Schools in Washington operates evening preschool at nine elementaries with 170 students to meet the needs of families with nontraditional schedules. 

Randy Ziegenfuss, Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District

Randy Ziegenfuss, a Pennsylvania-based superintendent, shares three tips on how leaders can shift from a school-centered mindset to a learner-centered one.

At first, the class was like any other at Georgia’s Quitman County School District. Kids sat at desks while an adult lectured. Despite appearances, this was no ordinary lecture. Schneider Electric organized STEM activities for the kids in this Quitman County high school class. These activities are part of Quitman County’s energy performance contract with Schneider Electric and are designed to engage students in a STEM-inspired engineering shadowing program focused on energy conservation.

While there is strong evidence that the arts contribute to a complete education, many administrators instead allocate resources to college and career readiness programs. Workable solutions to save music programs are hard to come by.

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith is the author of What School Could Be (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In his new book What School Could Be, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith profiles schools that focus on innovation and “real” learning, rather than endlessly drilling on formulas and definitions that don’t matter in today’s world.

BUILDING A CAREER PATH—Students participating in the Tennessee Pathways college and career readiness program enjoy work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships with local manufacturing companies.

Districts are cultivating college and career readiness programs by allocating more resources to guide students, by building new partnerships and by focusing efforts beyond high school.

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