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Rethinking school curriculum for a new world

In his new book, Education To Better Their World, Marc Prensky—an authority on the connection between learning and technology—says our current education system is wrong for the future, not because we haven’t added technology and 21st century skills, but because we have the wrong ends or goals in mind.

A national push for well-rounded students

Schools that offer more comprehensive instruction, increase safety and student health, and better integrate technology may be eligible for new federal funds. A new U.S. Department of Education grant program will reward schools that improve access to music, social studies, environmental education and computer science.

Analytics expand school CIO role

Just a few years ago, CIOs—if they were involved in data analytics at all—would run a report, export it into an Excel document and share it with teachers and district leaders once a week or at the end of each semester. Now it’s all about creating systems that aggregate and sort data automatically, making it easier for educators to view crucial information every day.

The school drug-testing dilemma

About 27 percent of high schools nationwide have a form of student drug testing. Some schools also perform “reasonable suspicion” testing on students who show evidence of illegal drug use, which can include abnormal behavior or physical symptoms.

Which incentives prevent teacher absences?

It’s no surprise that students suffer when their teacher is absent. Substitutes often lack familiarity with the curriculum and class dynamics. What is surprising to learn is how often it happens. Twenty-seven percent of teachers missed 10 or more school days in the 2013-14 year.

Stepping up to school leadership

In many school districts today, hiring practices for administrative leaders often consist of “replacement filling”—or, waiting for a position to open up before searching for candidates. But a successful succession often requires more proactive planning.

How schools can reduce financial risk

Even as school districts try to allocate more resources for the classroom, state and local financial struggles limit available funds and increase the pressure on districts to get more done with less. Still, at a time when financial responsibility should be paramount, misconduct remains far too common.

Teachers lead charge against LGBTQ bullying

Educators need specialized professional development to prevent the bullying of LGBTQ students, according to a recent report released by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. Some 85 percent of teachers received PD to deal with bullying, but just 33 percent received training in LGBTQ issues.

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We want to interview K12 leaders who've added elements of mindfulness to daily instruction in their districts. Whether you've added breathing exercises, yoga, journaling or similar activities, we want to hear how these techniques reduce stress and improve the climates in your schools. Please follow the link to connect with us. 

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The growing number of English-language learners requires districts to translate learning materials into an ever-growing number of languages. We want to interview district leaders or other experts who can share their insights on the translation process. Please follow the link to connect with us.