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School & District Management Political Tensions in Schools Are 'Pervasive,' Principals Say
High school principals reported high levels of student conflict due to political beliefs and parent efforts to limit curriculum about race.
Libby Stanford, November 30, 2022
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Families & the Community How to Help Parents Understand Students' Academic Needs Post-Pandemic
Transparency and authentic engagement can get everyone on the same page.
Caitlynn Peetz, November 17, 2022
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Families & the Community Why Aren’t Parents More Worried About Declines in Student Achievement?
Most parents think their students are doing OK, which could stymie districts’ recovery efforts.
Caitlynn Peetz, November 15, 2022
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Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
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School & District Management How to Survive—and Thrive—As a Middle School Principal
Middle school leadership requires a well of empathy and patience. Veterans share tips for leaders in this crucial transition period.
Denisa R. Superville, November 11, 2022
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People protest outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department's office on Nov. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque. The education department proposed changes to the social studies curriculum that critics describe as a veiled attempt to teach critical race theory. Supporters say the new curriculum, which includes ethnic studies, is "anti-racist."
People protest outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department on Nov. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque. The protesters were reacting to proposed changes to the social studies curriculum that they said were a veiled attempt to teach critical race theory.
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Families & the Community How to Respond to Parents' CRT Complaints
Four experts have advice for district leaders on how to craft their messages on diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons and initiatives.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 4, 2022
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Families & the Community These Groups Are Pushing Back Against 'Divisive' Parents' Rights Policies
A coalition of education advocacy and family support groups wants to redefine what constitutes parents' rights.
Libby Stanford, November 1, 2022
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Families & the Community Many Parents Now Want a More Personalized, Flexible Learning Experience for Their Children
Remote and hybrid learning gave parents a window into how their children are taught. Now, they want to see changes.
Alyson Klein, October 27, 2022
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Families & the Community Opinion How Should Educators Respond to Parents Who Criticize What's Being Taught?
Listening to parents' concerns and helping them understand the curriculum and its goals can head off upheaval.
Larry Ferlazzo, October 24, 2022
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A protester holds signs at a Moms for Liberty rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 9, 2021. About 100 people attended the rally to protest mask and vaccine mandates.
A protester holds signs at a Moms for Liberty rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., October 2021 protesting mask and vaccine mandates.
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Law & Courts What Do 'Parents' Rights' Mean Legally for Schools, Anyway?
Conservatives rely on century-old U.S. Supreme Court precedents but want to bolster parental rights with a constitutional amendment.
Mark Walsh, October 20, 2022
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Teaching Profession Educators Are Deeply Conflicted on Teaching Heated Cultural Issues, Survey Finds
There's fear of retribution for teaching about topics like race, gender, and sexuality, an Education Week survey shows.
Libby Stanford, October 19, 2022
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Families & the Community Opinion Families Are Students' First SEL Teachers. Here's How to Engage Them
There are 4 important steps for building stronger family-school partnerships to enhance social-emotional learning.
Alexandra Skoog-Hoffman, October 19, 2022
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Families & the Community Want Test Scores to Improve? Make Engaging Families a Top Priority
Efforts to catch up on "unfinished learning" will be ineffective without engaging parents, experts argue.
Lauraine Langreo, October 14, 2022
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Families & the Community Letter to the Editor Use Families to Help With Learning Recovery
Families can help with student achievement, writes the CEO and founder of Springboard Collaborative in this letter to the editor.
October 11, 2022
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