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At the new Rising Hill Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo., gender neutral student bathrooms have a common sink area for washing and individual, locking, toilet stalls that can be used by boys or girls. Principal Kate Place gave a tour of the facilities on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. The school is in the North Kansas City school district.
A gender neutral student bathroom.
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School Climate & Safety 'Devious Lick' TikTok Trend Creates Chaos in Schools Nationwide
Shattered mirrors, missing soap dispensers, and broken toilets in school bathrooms have been linked to the "devious lick" challenge.
Simone Jasper, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), September 16, 2021
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Classroom Technology Opinion Social Media’s Like Tossing a ’Tween the Keys to a Harley
When it comes to youth, we should think about social media as sophisticated, double-edged tools to be used carefully and deliberately.
Rick Hess, July 28, 2021
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Image shows a picture of Brandi Levy in her cheerleading uniform in front of Mahanoy Area High School.
Brandi Levy, now an 18-year-old college freshman, was a cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School in Pennsylvania when she made profane comments on Snapchat that were at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case on student speech rights.
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Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Who Posted Vulgar Snapchat Message
The decision was 8-1 for a student who'd been disciplined by her school, but the court suggests some off-campus speech may be regulated.
Mark Walsh, June 23, 2021
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Privacy & Security Spotlight Spotlight: Online Student Safety
In this Spotlight, assess possible digital vulnerabilities, learn how students may be partaking in digital self-harm, and more.
June 2, 2021
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Professional Development Opinion Promoting PLCs to Face the 'Twin Epidemics' of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism
Four educators discuss the practical aspects of professional learning communities.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 26, 2021
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Law & Courts Student School Board Members Flex Their Civic Muscle in Supreme Court Free-Speech Case
Current and former student school board members add their growing voices to a potentially precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 7, 2021
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Classroom Technology Opinion Beyond the Invite: What Is Clubhouse and Why Should Educators Care?
Clubhouse is a new social-media app with clubs, rooms, and stages. Why are so many educators flocking to it right now?
Peter DeWitt, March 21, 2021
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Technology Opinion Social Media’s Performative, Poisonous Impact on Education
The ways in which Twitter distorts normal conversation have become so familiar that they're easy to overlook.
Rick Hess, March 11, 2021
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Classroom Technology Video What is Clubhouse? How Are Educators Using It? (Video)
Patrick Harris, a middle school teacher in Michigan, explains how Clubhouse has enhanced his teaching, allowing him to widen his network and discuss key education issues with teachers from around the world in real time.
March 1, 2021
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Classroom Technology Explainer A Clubhouse Explainer: What Educators Should Know About the New Audio Chat App
Educators are flocking to Clubhouse, an emerging invitation-only social app for iPhone users—even as social media experts warn of red flags.
Mark Lieberman, March 1, 2021
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Teaching How to Talk About Social Media and the Capitol Insurrection: A Guide for Teachers
Social media played a pivotal role in the Jan. 6 mob riot at the Capitol, providing plenty of fodder for classroom discussions.
Alyson Klein, January 19, 2021
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Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Privacy & Security What Educators Really Need to Know About TikTok
Uber-popular with tweens and teens, the video-sharing platform on which users share short clips is raising concerns about student data privacy and national security.
Benjamin Herold, July 29, 2020
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Classroom Technology Video Meet Jonte Lee, the Chemistry Teacher Who Transformed his Kitchen into a Classroom
Science teacher Jonte Lee spent the spring teaching through social media. Now he’s partnering with EdWeek to continue those lessons. 
Jaclyn Borowski , July 17, 2020
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School & District Management Student Cheating at Issue as College Board Rolls Out Online AP Exams
The College Board's national experiment with virtual AP exams gets underway this week amid accusations and stern warnings about student cheating.
Gabrielle Wanneh, May 12, 2020
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