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Kindergartners get school of their own

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
THEIR OWN SPACE—Mukilteo School District’s new standalone Fairmount Kindergarten Center is designed to accommodate kindergartners.

The Fairmount Kindergarten Center near Seattle hopes to use innovative design to maximize classroom learning time when it opens in September for the 2017-18 school year.

Etching details into ESSA education plans

DA Staff
March, 2017

Changes in federal education policy that will come under the Trump administration are still unclear, but many states are nevertheless proceeding with plans to meet requirements of the Obama administration’s Every Student Succeeds Act.

Schools zoom in on STEM equity

Carolyn Crist
March, 2017
STRIDES IN SCIENCE—An educator tests a tech tool at an NSTA conference in Minneapolis. Speakers at the 2017 national conference will share insight on equity for English language learners, and for low-income and special education students. (Mike Weiss)

With the U.S. Department of Education doling out billions of dollars to promote diversity and to support low-income schools in 2017, administrators across the country are also working to better serve students of all backgrounds, abilities and interests.

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.

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