Leadership


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    Are panic buttons the key to improving school safety response times?

    At AASA’s National Conference on Education, three superintendents detailed how wearable alarm badges have bolstered safety in their schools.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    What does successful education reform look like?

    McKinsey research on 14 education systems worldwide finds success often centers on governance rather than a specific curriculum or service.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from K-12 Dive

    K-12 Dive has gathered some a selection of our best coverage from 2023 so far as a one-stop resource on the trends to watch in the months ahead.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    Mother of Oxford High School shooter found guilty in landmark decision

    The verdict may give schools more teeth when working with parents to prevent gun violence, said one school safety expert.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Enrollment takes slight turn up, but still lags behind pre-pandemic levels

    Pre-K-12 rolls remained 2% lower than 2019 levels, at 49.6 million, continuing a public school enrollment trend that began in fall 2020.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    School support and improvement plan oversight falls short, says GAO

    Less than half of school support and improvement plans met federal requirements like including a needs assessments and identifying inequities.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Summer learning is a top ESSER spending priority for academic recovery

    Factors driving COVID-19 relief spending include mental health needs, lagging test scores and the desire for financial stability, an ASBO survey finds.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    House subcommittee seeks solutions for lagging academics, attendance

    While discussing fixes to pandemic-related setbacks in schools, lawmakers accused each other of impeding progress through political distractions.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    The K-12 outlook for 2024: Funds are waning, challenges aren’t

    We've gathered our trends to watch, leaders to follow and more in one place to help you stay ahead of the game.

    By K-12 Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Ballooning chronic absenteeism requires state intervention

    Despite some improvement, absenteeism rates remain high and “can easily overwhelm a district’s capacity to respond,” said one attendance expert.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    5 principals to watch in 2024

    Efforts to address student mental health, budget hurdles, school culture, and student engagement and achievement set these leaders apart.

    By , , , Jan. 31, 2024
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    How 6 high schools reformed to improve post-pandemic outcomes

    Helping students prepare for both college and career while maintaining high expectations was a common theme among the schools, a study finds.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Education Department pushes principals, districts to spread gun storage awareness

    The administration acknowledged that while educators already have a lot on their plates, they are in a unique position to get the message across.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    5 superintendents to watch in 2024

    Longevity, commitments to school culture and innovation, and turnaround imperatives are just a few reasons to keep an eye on these leaders.

    By , , , Jan. 26, 2024
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    NCES data sheds light on post-pandemic shifts for SROs, mental health resources

    Data shows declines in school resource officer postings and mental health resources, but finds increases in social-emotional learning supports.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    Career and technical education faces obstacles to meet demand

    Challenges for these programs include lack of funds, teacher shortages and outdated stigmas, said panelists during a House subcommittee hearing.

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    White House, Ed Dept call for ‘bold actions’ to improve student achievement

    Attendance, high-dosage tutoring and expanded learning time are areas of focus emphasized by the Biden administration.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    Finalists for Superintendent of the Year stress importance of fiscal advocacy

    The four district leaders spoke about innovative funding sources, legislative advocacy and support for students.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    Child care experts offer optimism amid growing challenges

    Increased advocacy is a hopeful sign even as some providers report cutting wages and salary increases or serving fewer children, said one industry insider.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    8 K-12 trends to watch in 2024

    Chronic absenteeism, academic recovery, artificial intelligence and waning COVID relief funds are among the slate of challenges school leaders face.

    By , , Jan. 9, 2024
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    Special ed dispute resolution trends mostly return to pre-pandemic levels

    Data from a technical assistance center shows a 47% increase in written state complaints in 2021-22 over the previous year.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    States, districts clarify special education rules for informal removals

    Education Department guidance in 2022 highlighted how shortened days are subject to IDEA’s requirements to the same extent as disciplinary removals.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    5 insights from top school administrators in 2023

    We’ve highlighted some key insights on community voice, union negotiations and crisis management more from this year’s conversations.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    Experts advise false alarm planning as swatting, hoaxes trend in 2023

    Coordinating with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, could help school systems minimize disruptions.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    The K-12 Dive Awards for 2023

    These leaders are boosting achievement with commitments to school culture, strong communication and innovative learning models.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    District of the Year: Bismarck Public Schools

    North Dakota’s largest district is pioneering a mastery-based push to create pathways where students can follow their passions and interests.

    By Dec. 7, 2023