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The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the nation’s mental health and equity concerns, has accelerated the shift in the accountability landscape. As we move beyond test scores to a more holistic picture of students and school
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School Climate & Safety Online Summit Getting School Climate Right—A Guide for Principals
Learn from school climate experts, principals, and others about how to establish school climate best practices, and more.
December 15, 2020
School & District Management Editor's Note
Read about key features of a healthy and inclusive school climate and steps to make it a reality. See how principals and teachers view climate in their own schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 13, 2020
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Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
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School & District Management To Root Out Racism in Schools, Start With Who You Hire
The teachers that principals hire is one of the most powerful levers for turning schools into anti-racist institutions.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2020
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Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
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School & District Management 5 Ways Principals Can Establish a Strong School Climate
Recommendations for leaders on making schools feel safe, welcoming, and uplifting whether learning is in person or remote.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 13, 2020
11 min read
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy in Washington, D.C., interacts with colleagues remotely from her Virginia home.
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy in Washington, D.C., interacts with colleagues remotely from her Virginia home.
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School & District Management The Essential Traits of a Positive School Climate
A breakdown of four key features of a healthy school culture and how principals can build and sustain them.
Arianna Prothero, October 13, 2020
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Special Report Big Ideas for Confronting Racism in Education
There’s no single solution for combating anti-Black racism in schools. That’s why we filled an entire special report on the subject.
September 23, 2020
Hands holding a girl with a book bag. Girl's feet are roots that are growing into the palms of the hands holding her.
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Students Find Strength Now: An Opinion Project
Students are carving their own paths in the pandemic. Educators and students explore what that means for schools.
September 9, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion The Five Guiding Principles to Combat Inequities Before Schools Reopen
The social contract that public schools represent is overdue for renewal, and now is the moment to act, writes Ross Wiener.
Ross Wiener, June 25, 2020
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Stories to Make You Smile: Shining Stadium Lights to Honor High School Seniors
Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
Madeline Will, April 8, 2020
4 min read
Student Well-Being Making Mental Health a Priority for School Staff as Well as Students
Encouraging candid conversations about mental health among students and staff and creating supportive environments are top priorities for Leaders to Learn From honoree Jeff Wellington.
Corey Mitchell, March 10, 2020
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Student Well-Being Schools Are the Main Source of Student Mental Health Care. Are They Ready?
Rates of anxiety, depression, and even suicide are going up among adolescents and research shows that students are far more likely to seek treatment for mental health issues at school than at a community-based clinic, if at all.
Arianna Prothero, February 13, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Active Shooter Drills in Schools: Harmful or Helpful? The Debate Rages On
The National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and Everytown for Gun Safety are recommending in a new report that schools stop using active shooter drills that are either unannounced or simulate gun violence.
Arianna Prothero, February 11, 2020
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Student Well-Being Are the Trump Administration's Latest Rules for School Meals All Bad? 3 Things Schools Need to Know
Education Week spoke to two district nutrition directors and one child nutrition expert to discuss the most important changes to come from USDA's new rules for school meals.
Arianna Prothero, January 24, 2020
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