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‘Mountain kids’ at eight schools explore local terrain

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
Fifteen outdoor field trip days are built into the academic year at Plumas USD school district.

Plumas USD, a rural district tucked away in the rugged terrain of northeastern California, uses its own backyard for its “Outdoor Core” K12 curriculum.

Showing K12 students they can “get smart”

Tim Goral
March, 2017
Jon Saphier says policy-makers could create regulations that positively affect the levers of influence on what teachers do, such as teacher education and teacher certification.

As founder of Research for Better Teaching— an organization dedicated to improving instruction and leadership— Jon Saphier says underperforming students need to believe that “smart is something you can get.”

Books about helping students succeed in school

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
Serving Students Who Are Homeless is one of the four books on education DA promotes in this month's Noteworthy Books feature.

DA promotes four books about serving homeless students, inspiring disengaged kids, improving communication skills and studying personalized learning in K12.

K12 sex ed goes beyond the birds and bees

Matt Zalaznick
March, 2017
SAFE CHOICES—At a Baltimore magnet school, students learn about sex ed in an evidence-based program developed by The Healthy Teen Network, which promotes comprehensive health instruction.

High school students in the tiny Magazine School District in Arkansas receive three hours of sex education a year in grades 9 through 12—an approach that Superintendent Brett Bunch acknowledges is inadequate. 

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