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FOOD FRIENDS—Students at Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach USD donate lunch items that are either served as snacks in after-school programs or shared with a local food pantry.

Many schools are devising successful strategies and programs to redistribute, recycle and conserve cafeteria food and other, non-organic waste.

Trish Rubin, former educator and now marketing consultant, wrote BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships and Empower Learning. Follow her at @trishrubin.

Branding is an empowering trend for educators who move out of their typical professional silos into understanding marketing tools.

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

HANDS-ON LEARNING—The Mandell Academy at the Connecticut Science Center provides opportunities for local teachers to experiment with science in a student-free environment.

Many science centers and museums offer STEM-related PD, and want to partner with districts to develop programs that align with school curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards.

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.

Only a handful of superintendents have launched a brand-new district. Even fewer have done it only months after being involved in a large-scale merger. Meet David Stephens, superintendent of Bartlett City Schools.

In schools across this country, staff and students are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and stress. As a result, many schools are seeing increased levels of bullying, aggression, disruption, and violence in classrooms, hallways, and other school spaces.

If these concerns are not effectively addressed, as this school year continues, there is increased potential for even greater levels of violence and aggression, as well as student self-harm, including suicide. It is imperative to bring our schools into balance.

Elementary teachers at Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut, leverage data they gather through observation and evaluation, as well as test scores, to drive classroom math instruction. The technology in their math curriculum, McGraw-Hill Education’s Everyday Mathematics 4®, allows teachers to easily record data and provides detailed reports they use to identify students that might be struggling to master specific state standards, as well as those that are ready for a challenge.

How does children’s play behavior on school and community playgrounds contribute to physical, social, emotional and cognitive development?

A PEEK INTO A POSSIBLE FUTURE—Students who take the online career assessment test by YouScience have access to information on careers that could be a good fit for them, such as day-in-the-life, core job tasks, salaries and educational requirements.

Twelve of Nashville’s largest high schools in November began piloting an online test that assesses ninth-graders’ job aptitudes along with their career interests.

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.

DA's annual Outlook issue features snapshots from superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, teachers and other educators who weigh in on how their day-to-day roles and responsibilities are evolving. (Gettyimages.com: exdez).

The 2018 installment of DA’s annual Outlook issue gives prominence to the voices of educators and experts who share the solutions that are emerging across the country.

The path for raising student performance to meet or exceed the new math standards has proven elusive for many schools and districts. After two, three or more years of flat or declining student performance, some educators are beginning to wonder if their students can ever achieve the new standards.

This web seminar featured educators and administrators who have cracked the code and implemented a new math program, Eureka Math/EngageNY Math from Great Minds, with impressive success in districts large and small.

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The new New York curriculum will help students and teachers recognize the signs of a potential problem, and reduce the associated stigma. (Gettyimages.com: highwaystarz-photohgraphy).

Most states have laws mandating health education in primary and secondary schools, but New York will be the first to emphasize mental health instruction for all grades.

Many districts have adopted rock climbing, cross-training, yoga and other individually focused activities. (Gettyimages.com: remains).

School districts are elevating physical education standards and expanding athletic activities beyond traditional sports to provide a more well-rounded education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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