School Models


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    Groups call for cutting chronic absenteeism by 50% over 5 years

    A coalition of education nonprofits say high absenteeism is harming learning, teacher retention, school culture and postsecondary preparedness.

    By July 18, 2024
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    How 2 school leaders infuse joy in student and staff learning

    At one Massachusetts school, teacher trainings include a “Family Feud” approach to introducing staff and a cafe model for taking teachers’ book orders.

    By July 18, 2024
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    Teacher and Staff Challenges

    Though K-12 workforce challenges predated the pandemic, the health crisis has only exacerbated the issue and led to further debate over what’s needed to keep teachers and staff in the profession or bring them back.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    3 approaches to bring the Summer Olympics into STEM curriculum

    Ways to connect the Paris Olympics to science class this summer and early fall include analyzing swim caps, breakdancing and the art of mastering an ollie.

    By Lauren Barack • July 17, 2024
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    ACT to shorten exam time and make science portion optional

    The changes come after the College Board cut the SAT's run time earlier this year.

    By Laura Spitalniak • July 17, 2024
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    3 ways new school administrators gained confidence and had fun along the way

    Two assistant principals from a Utah middle school, speaking at the National Conference on School Leadership, share how they adjusted to their new roles.

    By July 17, 2024
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    Private school choice enrollment exceeds 1M students for first time

    Participation has doubled over the last 5 years. Still, enrollment represents just 2% of the eligible K-12 population.

    By July 11, 2024
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    Virginia to curb student cellphone use in schools

    The state joins Florida, Indiana and others in limiting devices in classrooms, citing mental health risks for students.

    By July 10, 2024
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    FAFSA completions largely stalled in June, fueling college enrollment concerns

    Increased investment in financial aid support services this summer could help bridge the gap for recent high school graduates, one expert said.

    By Laura Spitalniak • July 10, 2024
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    Student arrest rates more than double when police are on-site

    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black and American Indian/Alaska native students were arrested at two to three times the rate of White peers, GAO finds.

    By July 9, 2024
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    DC high school immerses students in rigorous, hands-on career education

    Rising 12th graders at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School say they draw inspiration from their families' traditional professions.

    By July 3, 2024
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks nation’s 1st religious public charter school

    Justices said the school, which was scheduled to open for the 2024-25 school year, “would create a slippery slope and what the framers' warned against.”

    By Updated June 25, 2024
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    Weaker relationships with teachers put absentee students at ‘double disadvantage’

    Teachers view absent students as being more withdrawn and having lower math and literacy skills, a study published in AERA Open finds.

    By June 25, 2024
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    Sickle cell disease, epilepsy and cancer could trigger student civil rights protections

    A new set of resources from the U.S. Department of Education follows others about asthma, diabetes, food allergies, and GERD or GER.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Los Angeles County’s Skilled Trades Summers initiative engages nearly 400 teens

    Launched by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, the initiative pays students while they receive hands-on training in fields like solar panel installation.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 21, 2024
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    Senate education committee debates federal role in boosting teacher pay

    Lawmakers agreed in a Thursday hearing that improving teacher pay is a bipartisan matter, but were at odds on how to get there.

    By June 21, 2024
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    School behavioral threat assessment teams on the rise

    Of schools with such teams, 71% identified students at potential risk to themselves and 49% at potential risk to others, NCES data shows.

    By June 14, 2024
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    How to improve the emotional well-being of Black students

    By reframing how they react in difficult situations, educators can help ensure Black students feel and do better in school.

    By Zi Jia Ng • June 13, 2024
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    How 2 tutoring companies are adapting to meet districts’ needs

    Leaders at Paper and Varsity Tutors explain why they implemented approaches like outcomes-based contracts and a free service model.

    By Updated June 14, 2024
  • Houston schools show test score growth in first year of state takeover

    Early signs of success in the controversial and large-scale takeover suggest the district could transition out of state intervention sooner rather than later.

    By June 10, 2024
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    Businesses see value in high school internship programs

    However, employers report that they struggle to fund internships and design appropriate workloads, a report from American Student Assistance finds.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 5, 2024
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    Child care staff report rising levels of anxiety and depression

    The Rapid Survey Project says material hardship among child care professionals is contributing to worsening mental health.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Graduation rates rebounded shortly after pandemic hiccup

    NCES data found a temporary dip in the national graduation rate, reflecting state trends showing the drop may not have been as drastic as initially feared.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Do state assessments need an overhaul?

    A FutureEd report suggests the tests serve incompatible roles of informing accountability versus informing instruction and measuring individual progress.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From playtime strategies to budget compromises, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By May 31, 2024
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    The stress of recess: Here’s how schools are improving playtime

    Experts point to the pandemic, more time on screens and overscheduled kids as reasons why schools and parents need to prioritize play.

    By May 28, 2024