• Amity Elementary School 5th grade teacher Melissa McNutt, center, works with Emma Sizemore on the Happify app during a “character education” lesson at the Cincinnati-area school. —Pat McDonogh for Education Week Several schools around th
  • Michelle Ellis, a counselor at Amity Elementary, points to a form for students to use to determine their best character qualities. Ellis spends time once a month with each class to help students pinpoint their character strengths using the Happify gaming platform. —Pat McDonogh for Education Week
  • Amity Elementary language arts teacher Amy Jones blends elements of the Thriving Learning Communities program into her lessons to help students identify their personal strengths. —Pat McDonogh for Education Week
  • Amity Elementary 5th graders Sam Carlisle, left, and Malikai Parker spend time on the Happify platform, a digital teaching tool that emphasizes character development. Amity Elementary is part of the Deer Park Community City Schools in Cincinnati. —Pat McDonogh for Education Week

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Judges Issue Conflicting Opinions on School Transgender Rights

A federal district judge in Texas clarifies his nationwide injunction against the Obama administration's guidance, while a federal magistrate in Illinois backs transgender students. (October 20, 2016)

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K-12 Gets Scant Attention in Final Debate

It has been a long, parched walk in the desert for attention to education in the debates between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (October 19, 2016)

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Neuroscience Should Inform School Policies

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An Urgent Call to Action for Education Leaders

Education leaders must combat the education reform climate of "disillusionment," writes former Massachusetts secretary of education Paul Reville. (October 17, 2016)

If Coaching Is So Powerful, Why Aren't Principals Being Coached?

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'Scary Clowns' Hysteria, Fueled by Social Media, Forces Schools to Adjust

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Report: Elementary Teachers Warming to Common Core But Still Have Concerns

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