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Robots, apps support special ed students

A human-like robot that can mimic emotions and play interactive games can help students with autism develop social skills.

Grants pave way for Native American teachers

Native American students face a dropout rate of over 12 percent—more than double that of their white peers and higher than that for black and Asian students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Schools districts reform pensions to cut costs

The total unfunded liability of U.S. teacher pensions is currently anywhere from $390 billion to $1 trillion, according to recent estimates. 

Anonymous texts join battle against bullying

Bullies may use text messages to harass their classmates. But many school districts now have anonymous texting systems that let students alert administrators to the bullies themselves.

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Our writers and editors are always looking for experts and educators who can be sources for our articles. We also want to hear about how school districts are using various products to improve the learning environment and enhance operational efficiency. Here are several ways to get involved with our editorial department.

Be a source for our video game story

We are writing a story about the use of video games in K12 education. We are looking for experts, educators, and software designers who can tell us about the latest thinking on how games should—and shouldn’t—be used in school. Follow the link to contact us. 

School technology trends in 3D

Open content, electronic textbooks, personalized learning, cloud technology and learning analytics are emerging technologies that K12 administrators will integrate into schools over the next few years, according to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report on tech trends.

Digital signs boost school communication

From emergency alerts to event schedules to touch screens to more creative uses—like backdrops for marching bands—digital signs are replacing posters that can clutter up a school, and are making communication more attractive, interactive, and efficient.

Private sector powers new wave of public school construction

In 2010, a building condition study showed that Yonkers (N.Y.) Public Schools needed $480 million for capital improvements to existing school buildings, while new schools needed to be built given an expected enrollment increase of 3,000 by 2020, for a total of $1.2 billion.

Schools shift construction strategies in tough times

Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski went door to door to drum up voter support for a new high school in the Franklin (Mass.) Public Schools. Sabolinski visited local coffee shops to tell community members they also would get to use the new high school gym, walking track, theater and library.