Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:14pm
Districts working to prevent mass shootings and other violent campus attacks are hiring more school resource officers to patrol their buildings, particularly at the elementary level. These SROs, elevated from a more passive role, are now an integral part of school safety planning.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:07am
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:36pm
A student athlete with a concussion doesn’t face challenges only in returning to play. Their injury also can hinder their performance in the classroom, and administrators must make sure students who need rest or have to work more slowly are able to keep up with schoolwork during recovery.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:19pm
Career and technical education isn’t what it used to be. For example, sessions scheduled for the Association of Career and Technical Education’s annual conference in November cover training teachers to use smartphones to improve literacy and how students learn "higher-order thinking” through reading, writing and group learning.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:08pm
Grenade launchers and M16s are some of the weapons school districts are now giving back to the U.S. government. Now, amid widespread criticism, some districts have returned the weapons to the military.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:42pm
Studying controversial events can show students how past events and current conflicts are connected. Examining these stories also can foster critical thinking skills and hone the ability to debate. But such discussions can be a minefield for educators trying to navigate touchy topics.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:01am
Foreign language has become a necessity for “global competence”—the ability to use a language beyond the classroom, in the workforce and in social settings. The idea of global competence encompasses sensitivity, respect and understanding of other cultural perspectives.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:20am
Great teachers are those who have tapped into how we learn at a deeper level, and that, author Elizabeth Green says, is a skill that can be passed on. In her book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works And How To Teach It To Everyone, Green shows what happens in the classrooms of great teachers and how that can be scaled to an entire school or district.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:35pm
School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. The new methods not only provide background checks, but can also track how many times someone has visited a school.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:00pm
District Administration is looking for thought leaders to forecast 2015's education trends in our special January edition, “The Year Ahead.” We are looking for informative, fun and engaging predictions across the entire spectrum of K12 education—from technology to funding to the Common Core. Select forecasts will be reviewed in our January 2016 edition. To participate, please follow the link to fill out a short form.