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Schools using art as inspiration

DA Staff
March, 2017

Elementary and middle school students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, dabble in architecture, play music and learn about fashion design with well-known artists and professionals as part of the national Turnaround Arts program.

When parents of school children go to prison

Eleanor Chute
March, 2017
GOING ALL IN—Students in the POPS club at Lawndale High School in southern California layer their hands during an end-of-meeting ritual. POPS, which stands for Pain of the Prison System, offers students who are affected by parental incarceration a place to talk about the challenges.

More and more districts are looking for ways to keep children of incarcerated parents from falling behind in class or winding up in the discipline pipeline.

Schools try to remove stress of class rankings

Matt Zalaznick
February, 2017
NO MORE GPA IN EDUCATION—Graduates at Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska will no longer be ranked based on GPA in coming years. Administrators hope this will result in students focusing more on content and skills, rather than grades.

Millard Public Schools near Omaha, Nebraska, will switch to a college-like ranking system that designates graduates as magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude.

Successful education requires a stronger student voice

Tim Goral
February, 2017
"You can’t be afraid of what you don’t know or we’re never going to move forward in education, particularly when it comes to student voice." — Russell Quaglia

If you want to know what motivates students—and teachers and administrators, for that matter—Russell Quaglia says you have to go to the source.

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