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School & District Management 3 Lessons From a National Principal of the Year
Donna Hayward, principal of Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum, Conn., shares some tips for school leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, November 16, 2022
4 min read
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
7 min read
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Professional Development Beyond Just Surveys: Why Educators Should Shadow Their Students
Shadowing kids is a powerful way to get a students’-eye-view of school, said panelists at EdWeek's "Seat at the Table" webinar.
Arianna Prothero, November 4, 2022
1 min read
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Equity & Diversity Safe Space or Segregation? Affinity Groups for Teachers, Students of Color
See what affinity groups are and why they're coming under fire.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 2, 2022
6 min read
In this Sept. 7, 2018 photo, a student at Grant High School in Portland, Ore., waits for a ride after school. Portland Public Schools relaxed its dress code in 2016 after student complaints that the rules unfairly targeted female students and sexualized their fashion choices.
A student at Grant High School in Portland, Ore., waits for a ride after school in 2018. The school system relaxed its dress code in 2016 after student complaints that the rules unfairly targeted female students.
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Equity & Diversity School Dress Codes Aren't Fair to Everyone, Federal Study Finds
Girls, Black students, and LGBTQ students are disproportionately impacted by school dress codes, says the GAO's report.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 27, 2022
6 min read
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School Climate & Safety What School Is Like for LGBTQ Students, By the Numbers
Here are survey statistics on harassment, support, and fears experienced by LGBTQ students during pandemic-era schooling.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 25, 2022
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety Some Breaks From Bullying, But Fewer Supports: How LGBTQ Students Fared in the Pandemic
A survey finds that LGBTQ students missed out on in-school supports in 2020-21, and a trend of declining harassment leveled off.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 18, 2022
3 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion What One School Is Doing to Keep Its Teachers
In just three years, my school boosted teacher retention from 63 percent to 100 percent. Here's how.
Sarah Yost, October 13, 2022
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Pandemic Isolation Damaged School Culture. Here’s How Principals Can Reset
I made it my mission to help my staff reconnect and recommit.
Darin A. Thompson, October 4, 2022
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Positive School Climate & Culture?
Answer 7 questions about Positive School Climate & Culture.
September 26, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion A World With Truly Safe Schools Is Possible
Human rights education can help end school shootings. Here’s how.
Rebecca Stephens, September 12, 2022
5 min read
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School Climate & Safety Reported Essay Why Can't We Talk to Each Other Anymore?
Binary thinking is tearing the K-12 world apart. It doesn't have to be this way.
Kevin Bushweller, September 6, 2022
13 min read
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Strong relationships between students and staff are essential to ensuring school safety concerns are reported in time to take action.
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School Climate & Safety How to Encourage Students to Report Threats
A RAND study examines how schools can encourage students to report threats so that action can be taken before something happens.
Lauraine Langreo, August 30, 2022
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety How Supportive Are Schools of LGBTQ Kids? CDC Data Offer a Glimpse
With LGBTQ students at the center of political tensions, more than 4 in 10 secondary schools have a group to support those students.
Evie Blad, August 30, 2022
5 min read