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Student-led suicide prevention education provides best results

The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds is on the rise. While the statistics are dire, a solution seems to be taking shape. Prevention may be in the hands of the students themselves.

Building a better school principal

In some districts, the principal’s office may as well have a revolving door for its high turnover rate. According to one report, more than half of principals leave after three years, especially in urban areas. In 2011, the philanthropic Wallace Foundation launched a $75 million initiative to help six urban districts cultivate school principals.

6 ways to improve professional development in STEM

High-quality instruction in science, math, engineering and technology requires both teaching expertise and content knowledge. Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had specialized education or training in science.

The elephant in the room: Trump education policy

As a candidate, incoming President Donald Trump discussed eliminating the Common Core, scaling back the influence of the U.S. Department of Education, and supporting school choice with vouchers and an increase in charter and magnet schools. 

Marijuana legalization and its impact on schools

Superintendents in states that passed referendums legalizing marijuana in November are pressing for more clear legal guidance on how to best address issues like drug possession. They also say more research is needed on the possible impacts of marijuana legalization on K12 academic achievement.

Schools ride the next edtech wave

Hundreds of new technologies appear every decade, but only a few end up having a lasting impact on education. We pulled out District Administration’s crystal ball to forecast some of the major tech trends now gaining momentum.

Photo essay: Manufacturing education in the desert

With nearby manufacturing plants struggling to find skilled workers, Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona, launched The Academy of Aerospace iSTEM and Digital Technology program in 2012.

Ask K12 students who want to build walls or intimidate: Why?

Students in districts across the nation have been harassed and intimidated based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual identity in the wake of the presidential election, according to one civil rights group. 

Outlook 2017: Experts forecast the future of K12

Education faces no shortage of important challenges: testing, racial issues, learning standards and shrinking funding. We asked education thought leaders to identify a single issue in K12 education where shifts in policy or practice could lead to significant improvement in outcomes.

More schools teaching students how to respond to police

Try to stay calm. Don’t start cursing. Keep your hands off the cops. But know that you have rights—like remaining silent and taking note of witnesses. Such knowledge can prevent police interactions from escalating out of control when teenagers get pulled over or otherwise encounter law enforcement.