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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.

Schools closing the discipline gap

Jessica Ablamsky
February, 2017
Experts agree replacing zero-tolerance policies  with alternatives that help every student thrive in K12 is important, regardless of challenges they face at home and in their communities. (GettyImages)

In the wake of a divisive presidential election, hundreds of students from about a dozen high schools in Oakland, California, cut class last November to voice their discontent with President-elect Donald Trump. 

Students cope with anxiety while recovering credits

Michael Gagne
November, 2016
 One child in five has had or will have a “seriously debilitating mental disorder,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Educators in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools intend to remove the obstacles that prevent students who have severe social anxiety from attending school, a phenomenon known as “school refusal behavior.”

Districts tackle teacher shortages with higher salaries, mentoring

Mackenzie Ryan
November, 2016

Serious shortages in math, science and special education teachers have been reported in more than 40 states, and more than 30 states are seeing serious shortages for ELL teachers. The biggest shortages are in schools that serve low-income and minority students.

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