Communications

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Ed-Tech Policy When Schools Want to Ban Cellphones—But Parents Stand in the Way
Educating parents on the real threats cellphones pose to their children can help allay their concerns about safety.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2024
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Ahenewa El-Amin speaks with students during her AP African American Studies class at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., on March 19, 2024.
Ahenewa El-Amin speaks with students during her AP African American Studies class at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., on March 19, 2024. State leaders in Kentucky are pushing the message of making sure all students feel they belong in school including by offering ethnic studies courses.
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Equity & Diversity How a DEI Rebrand Is Playing Out in K-12 Schools
School districts continue to advance DEI initiatives, though the focus is more on general inclusion and belonging for all.
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Budget & Finance Passing School Bonds Is Hard. Advice From 3 Superintendents Who Did It
‘Educating instead of campaigning’ in an era when district leaders are under a political microscope.
Caitlynn Peetz, April 29, 2024
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Genesis Olivio and her daughter Arlette, 2, read a book together in a room within the community hub at John H. Amesse Elementary School on March 13, 2024 in Denver. Denver Public Schools has six community hubs across the district that have serviced 3,000 new students since October 2023. Each community hub has different resources for families and students catering to what the community needs.
Genesis Olivio and her daughter Arlette, 2, read a book together on March 13, 2024, in a room that's part of the community hub at John H. Amesse Elementary School in Denver. The Denver district has six community hubs at schools across the city that offer different services and resources for parents.
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Families & the Community What the Parents' Rights Movement Forced Schools to Do
Parents and caregivers are paying more attention than ever. Here's what that means for schools.
Libby Stanford, April 25, 2024
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Parents log into Zoom to watch their students participate in a “Basic Facts Bee” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Southfield, Mich. Schools often use technology like Zoom to connect and build relationships with parents.
Parents log into Zoom to watch their students participate in a “Basic Facts Bee” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Southfield, Mich. A number of technology-based tools have emerged in recent years that make it easier for schools to communicate with parents.
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Families & the Community The Good (and the Bad) of Using Apps to Connect With Parents
Tech platforms are changing the way teachers communicate with families.
Libby Stanford, April 25, 2024
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School & District Management Opinion Why Schools Struggle With Implementation. And How They Can Do Better
Improvement efforts often sputter when the rubber hits the road. But do they have to?
Rick Hess, April 15, 2024
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School & District Management 3 Tips to Help Districts Navigate Educator Layoffs
Keep cuts in line with the district's overarching goals, an expert advises.
Caitlynn Peetz, March 19, 2024
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An American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 2, 2020.
An American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 2, 2020.
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Law & Courts When Blocking Social Media Critics, School Officials Have Protections, Supreme Court Says
The court said public officials' own pages may be "state action," but only when they are exercising government authority.
Mark Walsh, March 15, 2024
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Families & the Community Opinion Chronic Absenteeism Has Exploded. What Can Schools Do?
The key to addressing this issue is rebuilding the relationship between families and schools.
Rick Hess, February 15, 2024
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Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, pictured at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 on Jan. 16, 2024 in Indianapolis.
Aleesia Johnson is the superintendent of the Indianapolis school district where she's leading a major improvement effort.
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School & District Management Q&A How to Manage Big Emotions During Difficult District Transitions
A big-city superintendent discusses how she balances strong public sentiment with staying the course on a major improvement initiative.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 5, 2024
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Student Well-Being Download 4 Steps to Combat Politicization and Win Buy-In for SEL (Download)
Teaching students social-emotional skills while navigating the politics of the times has become a difficult needle for schools to thread.
Arianna Prothero & Liz Yap, January 31, 2024
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Privacy & Security 3 Superintendents Share Cybersecurity Best Practices
Cyberattacks cause major disruptions to learning, but school districts are still struggling to put in place effective protections.
Lauraine Langreo, January 10, 2024
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School & District Management Sometimes Principals Need to Make Big Changes. Here’s How to Get Them to Stick
School leaders need their community to take a leap of faith with them. But how do they build trust and conviction?
Olina Banerji, December 5, 2023
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School & District Management 5 Mistakes Schools Make When Building SEL Programs
Experts weigh in on how to avoid parental and community backlash against social-emotional learning initiatives.
Arianna Prothero, November 27, 2023
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