Why social studies instruction may not be coming to the rescue

Those hoping that more rigorous social studies instruction in K12 will heal some of the nation's political divisions may be discouraged by what researchers have found in U.S. elementary schools.

Black studies get a boost even as educators witness restrictions in other states

Leaders in three Virginia districts will offer AP African American Studies while Asian and Black studies get a boost in New York City schools.

For LGBTQ students, schools in these 6 states may be least welcoming

"State lawmakers are trying to prevent trans students from participating in school activities like sports, force teachers to out students and censor any in-school discussions of LGBTQ people and issues," according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

An After School Satan Club is sparking another free speech firestorm

The approval and subsequent rejection of another After School Satan Club, this time in Pennsylvania's Saucon Valley School District, has kicked off threats of violence and freedom of speech lawsuits.

Layoffs are now entering the K12 picture as leaders face major budget deficits

Despite ongoing reports of teacher shortages, superintendents are having to make tough personnel decisions as COVID-era budget surpluses turn to post-pandemic shortfalls that have been compounded by enrollment declines. 

Book ban breakdown: Which titles are being removed and where

A citizen's challenge was so urgent that a special meeting of the Escambia County school board was held this week to consider removing a trio of books from the district's libraries and classrooms. 

Dual Language Literacy Strategies: Building Spanish and English Proficiency

Thursday, March 23 at 2 pm ET

Attend this interactive webinar to learn some best practices for teaching multilingual learners, and how to implement time-saving digital tools that can improve the effectiveness of dual language literacy instruction.

The diversity disconnect: 6 ways schools can hire teachers who look like their students

"Increased exposure to same-race teachers is associated with improved course grades, attendance, grit and self-management, and the likelihood of being selected for gifted-and-talented programs," FutureEd's report says.

How new ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills are more restrictive than the original

A proposal in Indiana would banish instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from all classrooms, kindergarten through 12th grade, while Iowa lawmakers aim to eliminate the topics through eighth grade.

300 picture books most-banned in schools describe our struggles for inclusion

Many of the picture books yanked from school shelves tell the true stories of civil rights or LGBTQ experiences while some are simply "lighthearted fiction about animals or babies."

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