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How to gamify K12 professional development

Following the trend of gamifying instruction, districts are now using training programs that allow users to score points, move up levels and earn other digital rewards.

ICYMI: Charging and storage platforms for K12 education

How schools are keeping devices running and saving instruction time.

Districts prepare students for yet-to-be-created jobs

Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other emerging technologies will so greatly transform business that an estimated 85 percent of the jobs needed by 2030 have not been created, according to a recent report. That uncertainty affects current students who will join the workforce in the next decade.

School strikes lead to highest number of work stoppages in 11 years

There was highest number of “major” work stoppages in 11 years in 2018, according to new U.S. Labor Department data. The department reported 20 stoppages, involving at least 1,000 workers last year, with the 553,000 workers involved being the highest in 32 years. The largest event: the Arizona school strike.

Teaching to the drug test

Teachers are proving vulnerable to disconnects between state and federal law that send conflicting messages about the use of medical marijuana. And district officials are in between a rock and a hard place: Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, any employer that receives federal funding must operate a drug-free workplace, or risk losing that funding.

‘Full-service’ community schools get a closer look in Minnesota

A bill in the Minnesota Senate would put up $30 million over two years to expand full-service schools, which meet education, health care, and other student and family needs under one roof. This community model, tried in Faribault, Duluth and Rochester districts, has caught the attention of new Gov. Tim Walz. A separate bill in the House would also put money toward such schools.

Kentucky school safety bill passes unanimously in Senate

The Kentucky Senate passed a school safety bill that calls for the creation of a state school security marshal position and development of a school security risk assessment tool, among other measures. The bill comes one year after two students were killed in a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton.

At these schools, later start times get an A-plus for students needing more sleep

A new study at Seattle School District high schools has found that later start times are associated with more sleep and better performance for students. They are among hundreds of U.S. schools that have pushed back start times, following the American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance to delay the start of middle and high school classes until 8:30 a.m. Still, fewer than 1 in 5 schools comply.

Santa Fe, N.M., schools worry that voters casting ballots in person, and now via mail, may reject edtech funding

In a test of a new state law that aims to increase election turnout, voters in several New Mexico school districts are casting ballots by mail for the first time. And the results of a recent Albuquerque Public Schools special election—with such voters rejecting construction project proposals—have Santa Fe officials concerned. An election there is seeking $11 million per year to fund edtech and support schools.

Pennsylvania District Attorney acts to reduce number of kids behind bars

District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced new policies that will modify some disturbing practices in the treatment of juvenile offenders: locking them up for status offenses such as breaking curfew or skipping school; subjecting them to long bouts of solitary confinement; and sentencing them to subpar facilities, many of which do nothing to provide education or remediation.

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