Student Life

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Teaching Opinion What Students Like (and Don't Like) About School
Students sound off on what makes a good teacher as well as the pros and cons of learning remotely.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 13, 2022
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Jonathon Parker, pictured on the chair, should have walked across the graduation stage with classmates from the Deer Valley High School Class of 2022 last week in Antioch, Calif. But he was shot and killed by another student more than two years ago in the school parking lot.
Courtesy of Jonathon Parker's family
School Climate & Safety The Lost Graduate: Remembering a Student Gunned Down at School
California teen Jonathon Parker and two Michigan teenagers should have graduated this year, but they were killed by gun attacks at school.
Catherine Gewertz, June 13, 2022
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Trainer Collette Yee walks with Rizzo, a medical detection dog with Early Alert Canines, as she sniffs senior Madison Schoening to detect COVID at Mills High School in Millbrae, California, on May 5, 2022. As part of a pilot COVID-testing program, some students volunteered to be screened by trained dogs before prom.
Trainer Collette Yee walks with Rizzo, a medical detection dog, as she sniffs senior Madison Schoening at Mills High School in Millbrae, Calif., in early May. As part of a pilot program, some students volunteered to be sniffed for COVID by trained dogs before attending the prom.
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Student Well-Being Tuxedos, Gowns, and COVID-Sniffing Dogs: A Pandemic Prom
Some schools are turning to highly trained dogs to detect COVID ahead of big events. 
Catherine Gewertz, May 9, 2022
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Kara Klever holds a sign in protest in the hall outside of the Blue Room as Governor Kevin Stitt signs a bill into law that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams at the Capitol Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oka. The bill, which easily passed the Republican-led House and Senate mostly along party lines, took effect immediately with the governor's signature. It applies to female sports teams in both high school and college.
Kara Klever holds a sign in protest as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs a bill into law that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams.
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States Beyond 'Don't Say Gay': Other States Seek to Limit LGBTQ Youth, Teaching
Legislators want to ban lessons on LGBTQ communities and require teachers to tell parents when students want their pronouns changed.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 6, 2022
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Sofia Donets at her home in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 25, 2022. Donets is helping to organize relief efforts through The Potomac School, where she’s a sophomore.
Sofia Donets, a Russian-born sophomore at the Potomac School in McLean, Va., is helping to organize relief efforts for Ukrainians.
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Student Well-Being Students With Family Ties to Russia Are Facing Hostility
Students navigate bitter politics and conflicting news accounts to make sense of a war being waged by their heritage country.
Sasha Jones, March 29, 2022
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Sofia Mendoza, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, in Hilliard, Ohio, has been trained to notice early signs of mental health struggles in her peers and channel them to adults who can help.
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Student Well-Being In Their Own Words Peer Help for Mental Health: 'We Learn the Red Flags to Watch For'
A member of a specially trained group of students discusses finding help for peers struggling with mental health issues.
Catherine Gewertz, March 1, 2022
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Student Well-Being Students Train to Spot Peers With Mental Health Struggles and Guide Them to Help
As schools respond to COVID's toll on student mental health, peers can play a valuable role.
Catherine Gewertz, March 1, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Students Share How COVID Has Changed Their Lives
Seeing friends and getting more leniency from teachers are two things students like about school this year. Waking up early is not, though.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 8, 2022
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Teaching Opinion The Best and Worst Things About This School Year—According to Students
Seeing friends, teachers, and playing sports again are some of the best things students like. Masks, not so much.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 6, 2022
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Affton High School students attend a drive-in theater "un-prom" in Missouri on April 18.
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School Climate & Safety Proms During COVID-19: 'Un-Proms', 'Non-Proms', and Masquerades
High school proms are back in this second spring of COVID-19, though they may not look much like the traditional, pre-pandemic versions.
Dalia Faheid, May 3, 2021
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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
School Climate & Safety Public Schools Get Creative to Meet Military Children's Needs (Video)
There are more than 1 million children in the U.S. whose parents are active duty military. This video explores some of the ways school leaders can work to meet these students' needs.
Mike Bock, January 30, 2019
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Families & the Community What Can Schools Do to Help Prevent Teen Suicide? (Video)
In this video, Education Week correspondent Lisa Stark joined a panel of experts who answered questions on teen mental health, suicide prevention, and more.
Mike Bock, November 20, 2018
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School Climate & Safety The Kavanaugh Hearings Are Prompting Educators to Take on Tough Conversations (Video)
Allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have led to unavoidable conversations throughout the nation's schools around consent and consequences. Reporter Evie Blad discusses this issue on PBS NewsHour.
Mike Bock, October 3, 2018
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