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The 45 schools and systems recognized by this year’s District of Distinction program have created homegrown initiatives to support students’ social-emotional development, to provide powerful new opportunities for career-focused STEM learning and to improve the skills of educators.
Incorporating high-quality resources to support ELL students can have a stark impact on whether they succeed. At High School of World Cultures, we have been able to pinpoint four best practices for evaluating ELL resources.
Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, has enacted new districtwide safety measures. Runcie will expand mental health services and training for students, and will provide an active-assailant training curriculum for staff.
Every school will also have a single point of entry and a resource officer or armed security guard, among other protections.
A recent study of completed and ongoing superintendent tenure in the 100 largest school districts shows that the average completed tenure is 6.16 years, while the current ongoing average is 3.8 years.
Source: The Broad Center, May 2018
Jeremy Baugh, principal at Lew Wallace School 107 in Indianapolis, has implemented the Opportunity Culture initiative, where excellent teachers receive higher salaries to coach teams of educators.
As privacy concerns surge ever higher, some educators are pushing to replace the concept of “digital footprints”—the trail of data created by internet use—with “digital tattoos.”
In fall 2017, an elementary school art teacher in Mansfield ISD in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade students with a slide show about her life. It included a photo of her partner, who the teacher presented as her future wife.