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  • Elementary students in a classroom hold up their drawings.
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    Expectations for ESSER: Impacts of small and large investments

    District leaders say they are trying to make every dollar count, whether through large-scale learning recovery efforts or smaller school spirit initiatives.

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    Report: Pandemic pods designed by leaders of color offer lessons for traditional schools

    Racially and linguistically affirming curriculum and mindful discipline practices led to positive experiences. 

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    3 ways to navigate book challenges in lesson planning

    Book bans can have a chilling effect in classrooms, but forethought and open dialogue can help educators navigate concerns.

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    Efforts to arm teachers spark new — and old — safety concerns

    Teachers, school safety experts and law enforcement professionals contend arming staff to address shootings brings considerable risks.

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    Expectations for ESSER: Pressure to show return on investments

    Districts aim high with spending initiatives even while facing supply barriers, staff shortages, obligation deadlines and the still unknown end of COVID-19.

  • Miguel Cardona visits LGBTQ center in Florida
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    How can school systems sustain federal funding to address teacher shortages?

    Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said “federal funding alone is not going to cut it” during a Thursday speech. “We need this at all levels.”

  • Four educators stand outside with posters cheering on high school seniors.
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    How 3 school leaders are preventing and responding to bullying

    Building positive school cultures and responding to even small acts of unkindness can help students feel safe at school, administrators said.

  • Miriam Plotinsky is an instructional specialist in Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools.
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    Q&A

    Curricular Counsel: Boosting student agency with less 'hovering'

    An instructional specialist from Maryland details how educators can engage students with more voice and choice across curricula.

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    Ed Dept sets timeline for online, adaptive NAEP administration

    The department has already piloted online administration in five states, with more field testing planned for 2023.

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    States use ESSER funding to fulfill teachers' requests for materials

    Six states partnered with the crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose to use federal pandemic funding for individual teacher classroom projects.

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    Diverse student needs must be considered in school shooting responses

    Approaches like providing mental health services and adding resource officers may need to be tweaked for Black, Hispanic and immigrant students.

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    'We can't out-pay Walmart': Head Start classrooms close after staff turnover

    In a survey, an overwhelming 90% of respondents said they had to close classrooms permanently or temporarily due to lack of personnel. 

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    Schools seek to strengthen work-based learning opportunities

    A new report details how these programs have positive impacts on student employment and earnings, academic outcomes and more.

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    Opinion

    Why text diversity matters

    A literacy director with NWEA shares how her experiences with 'The Baby-Sitters Club' highlight the importance of diverse literature.

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    3 ways to keep student data privacy top-of-mind in ed tech procurement

    With the FTC doubling down to hold ed tech providers accountable for protecting student data privacy, two experts weigh in on districts’ role.

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    Dallas sees positive results in first year of discipline reform

    Suspension rates dropped significantly under new approaches to eliminate disproportionate discipline and build positive relationships.

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    College leaders on Uvalde shooting: 'unacceptable and heartbreaking'

    Several college presidents called for gun control and culture change after the Texas elementary school shooting that killed children and teachers.

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    Deep Dive

    'Waiting for the next thing': What it's like teaching after a mass shooting

    Educators are expected to teach through emotional and psychological side effects reaching far beyond communities impacted by tragedies.

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    Students lag on media literacy — but the gap isn't unbridgeable

    Research suggests high school students who receive just six 50-minute lessons in digital literacy are twice as likely to identify questionable websites.

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    Another 19 children dead as educators ask, 'When will it be enough?'

    Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, follows 77 previous incidents of gunfire on school grounds nationwide this year alone.

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    School nutrition directors prepare for next academic year with and without universal meals

    With no funding to provide all students free meals, one Colorado school district expects to raise meal prices by 50 to 75 cents.

  • Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa engaging the school community during the COVID-19 pandemic
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    Q&A

    Lessons In Leadership: Dallas superintendent reflects on wins, challenges ahead of second retirement

    Michael Hinojosa shared how he's navigated sometimes tense relationships with lawmakers, the importance of succession planning and more.

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    Dive Awards

    The K-12 Dive Awards for 2021

    With community engagement, steadfast leadership and focus on students' social-emotional needs, these are the leaders shaping K-12 today.

  • Rising District Leaders (from L to R) Nkenge Bergan, Anita Bernhardt, Zabrina Cannady, Patrick Hardy, Terry Harris, Matthew X. Joseph, Anthony Mignella, Amelia Ruzicka, Thomas Rogers, Rebecca Toetz
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    Rising District Leaders: Assistant superintendents driving inclusion, curriculum and learning

    In an era of increasingly distributed leadership, these assistant superintendents and cabinet-level leaders have proven critical to their districts' success.

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    Rising Leaders: K-12's standout assistant principals and district leaders

    We're recognizing 21 trailblazing administrators providing support, asking the right questions and reinforcing the visions of their schools and central offices.