Communications

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School Climate & Safety Opinion Responding to School Shootings Has Become Routine. It's Anything But
We can’t allow ourselves to become numb to the horror of increasingly common gun violence, urges one school leader.
Ann V. Klotz, June 1, 2022
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Haley Williams, left, and Amiya Cox hold a sign together and chant while participating in a "Global Climate Strike" at the Experiential School of Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Across the globe hundreds of thousands of young people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit.
Haley Williams, left, and Amiya Cox participate in a Global Climate Strike at the Experiential School of Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., in September 2019.
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School & District Management What Schools Can Do to Tackle Climate Change (Hint: More Than You Think)
For starters, don't assume change is too difficult.
Mark Lieberman, May 18, 2022
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School & District Management How School Leaders Can Respond to Pushback Over Social-Emotional Learning
See 7 tips for how to talk to parents and community members about social-emotional learning.
Arianna Prothero, April 13, 2022
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School & District Management Getting the Most Out of Employee Assistance Programs
Many districts have programs and initiatives to help employees weather the emotional and mental toll of the pandemic. They're often underutilized.
Denisa R. Superville, April 13, 2022
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Families & the Community Opinion Parents Are Among Teachers' Best Assets
Don't view parents as obstacles. See them as partners to enhance student learning.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 5, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Two Competing Visions for Education Are Tearing Us Apart
Should we prioritize equity or accountability? SEL or school choice? The real answer lies with communication and collaboration.
John B. Gordon III, April 1, 2022
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Dr. Uché Blackstock, a parent and physician, in her New York City home. Dr. Blackstock has concerns about the safety of her children as mask mandates are relaxed in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Uché Blackstock, a parent and physician, in her New York City home. Dr. Blackstock has concerns about the safety of her children as mask mandates are relaxed in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Families & the Community In Their Own Words 'Every Parent Should Be Able to Feel This Way': How Black School Leaders Build Trust With Families
As pandemic protections loosen, a New York mother and physician says her children's principals are exemplars for keeping students safe.
Catherine Gewertz, March 8, 2022
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School & District Management District Leaders Offer Tips for Managing School's Toughest Challenges
Make people feel heard and take care of their social-emotional needs, these leaders say.
Eesha Pendharkar, February 24, 2022
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Marifer Sager, manager of the Language Access Services Department for Portland Public School in Portland, Ore.
Marifer Sager goes beyond language translation to create multilingual tools and supports for families in the Portland, Ore., district.
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Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Using the Power of Language to Serve Students and Families
Marifer Sager has made language translation services in the Portland, Ore., district more accessible, timely, and relevant.
Madeline Will, February 16, 2022
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Families & the Community Want to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism? Try Texting Parents
Texting parents about their child’s school attendance can help combat chronic absenteeism, but the approach has limitations.
Alyson Klein, January 26, 2022
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An information sign is displayed as a child arrives with her parent to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11-years-old at London Middle School in Wheeling, Ill., on Nov. 17, 2021.
A child arrives with her parent to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at London Middle School in Wheeling, Ill., in November.
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Student Well-Being COVID Vaccine Uptake Has Stalled for Young Children. What Schools Can Do to Help
Overall, only about 1 in 5 children ages 5-11 in the United States are fully inoculated against COVID-19.
Arianna Prothero, January 24, 2022
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School & District Management From Principals, a Primer on Delivering Bad News
COVID and the upheavals of the last two years have raised the ante on often-emotional conversations with staff and parents.
Denisa R. Superville, January 24, 2022
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Anti-vaccine mandate protesters rally outside the garage doors of the Los Angeles Unified School District, LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2021. The Los Angeles board of education voted to require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend in-person classes in the nation's second-largest school district.
Anti-vaccine mandate protesters rally outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in September, 2021.
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Student Well-Being Q&A Communications Expert Explains: How to Talk to Parents About COVID Vaccination
A Johns Hopkins University expert discusses a new training project on how to communicate about the sensitive issue.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 19, 2022
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Kristin Allan won a nonpartisan race for a seat on the Cherry Creek school district's board in Colorado.
Kristin Allan won a nonpartisan race for seat on the Cherry Creek school district's board in Colorado.
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School & District Management Critical Race Theory Fights Have Made Life Miserable for School Board Candidates
Discussing the divisive issue in a way that works with voters is no easy task. Just ask those who've tried it, with mixed results.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2021
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