School Models


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    3 ways schools are taking classes outside to expand mindfulness

    Giving students time outside, whether on a school trip or with a container garden to tend, can develop mindset skills that last a lifetime.

    By Lauren Barack • Feb. 28, 2024
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    How do equitable grading practices affect expectations?

    A Thomas B. Fordham Institute report examines how homework bans and penalty prohibitions for late work and cheating impact student accountability.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Special Education

    Schools nationwide have strived to overcome pandemic challenges, working to strengthen relationships with families, adapt personalized approaches to overcome learning loss, and improve behavior management strategies amid returns to classrooms.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    K-12 learning loss could create headaches for colleges

    Higher ed faces enrollment challenges stemming from less prepared high school graduates and a declining pool of students, a recent report says.

    By Laura Spitalniak • Feb. 28, 2024
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    Massachusetts governor rejects request for National Guard to address high school violence

    A district’s leaders requested Guard assistance due to a rise in substance abuse, violence and security incidents in one high school.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    What do superintendents need to know about artificial intelligence?

    District leaders shared strategies and advice on ethics, responsible use, and the technology’s limitations at the National Conference on Education.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    State ed leaders detail successes and struggles of expanding science of reading

    As leaders shared lessons they’ve learned, CCSSO released a state-by-state analysis of science of reading legislation and implementation efforts.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    How lockerless schools are shaping building design

    As locker popularity wanes, schools are removing them and finding other uses for the spaces; educators and parents note an end of an era.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    4-day school week has neutral impact in Missouri

    The state's students with four-day weeks were more likely to be White, live in rural areas and participate in free-and-reduced priced lunch, researchers found.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    How HBCUs are building a stronger Black teacher pipeline

    As HBCUs produce 50% of all Black educators nationwide, a UNCF report illustrates best practices for recruitment efforts.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    4 strategies to spark engagement in summer programs

    Partnerships with local nonprofits and other organizations are growing as school systems seek new and creative approaches to summer enrichment.

    By Elena Ferrarin • Feb. 14, 2024
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    CDC considers end to COVID 5-day isolation

    A potential loosening of guidance comes as schools work to combat chronic absenteeism and increase academic performances.

    By Feb. 14, 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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    While students display aptitude for in-demand jobs, their interest is low, study says

    Programs that showcase opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and finance could help pique student interest.

    By Carolyn Crist • Feb. 9, 2024
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    How can schools tap tax reimbursements for clean energy projects?

    The Inflation Reduction Act’s “direct pay” provision allows tax-exempt entities like schools to receive federal tax-free cash payment for qualifying projects.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Head Start, community colleges partner to expand affordable child care access

    The “Kids on Campus” campaign includes a user guide with model programs and recommendations for launching successful partnerships.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    High school senior FAFSA submissions drop almost 57% year over year, NCAN finds

    The form was available about three months later than usual, and seniors submitted roughly 676,000 forms by late January.

    By Natalie Schwartz • Feb. 6, 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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    Cardona encourages CTE expansion during DC school visit

    The education secretary toured a new districtwide high school program that offers nursing and cybersecurity courses and work experiences.

    By 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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    Colleges won’t receive FAFSA applicant info until March, Education Department says

    The delay further truncates the timeline for institutions to make financial aid offers, and experts have worried that holdups may harm students. 

    By Natalie Schwartz • Jan. 30, 2024
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    HHS, Ed Dept announce $50M for school-based Medicaid services

    The federal government will award 20 state grants of up to $2.5 million each to improve services, especially in rural and underserved areas.

    By Jan. 29, 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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    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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    Ed Dept seeks to dispel myths about assistive technology

    The guidance emphasizes that even babies can benefit from assistive technology and recommends training for students, families and staff.

    By Jan. 24, 2024