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Matt Zalaznick
The job of disciplining students, particularly those of color, often falls to black male teachers, who then become viewed as “disciplinarians first and teachers second,” according to a new report. Read more>>

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Joseph S. Renzulli and Sally M. Reis, DA guest columnists
It’s not enough to focus on student performance in school. Educators must measure students’ soft skills and their ability to learn, say Joseph S. Renzulli and Sally M. Reis of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Read more>>

Ray Bendici
From podcasts and esports to school safety and operational efficiency, District Administration provided insight for a wide range of ed tech topics in 2019. Read more>>

Top News

Portland Press Herald
On top of $115 million in new state support for local education in the signed biennial budget, Gov. Janet Mills proposed an extra $37 million for K-12 education for the 2020-21 supplementary budget proposal. Read more>>

The Fortify Florida app is intended to let students anonymously alert schools and law enforcement to potential trouble before it happens. But while the phone app has generated more than 6,000 tips, some school districts are now calling out its failures. Read more>>

Lawmakers are expected to bring back an old Alabama debate: should school calendars be mandated at the state or local level? Business and tourism industry advocates are expected to propose bills that would force local schools to push back the school start date. Read more>>

The Elkhart Truth
The bill would allow schools not to include Amish students who drop out after the 10th grade in their graduation rates. Educators have struggled with finding a way for the students to complete job training certifications without schools being penalized. This bill would change that. Read more>>

Colorado Public Radio
The state has released a database that will track the number of aspiring teachers and how special training programs impact schools. The latest numbers from the 2017-18 academic year show an enrollment increase of 10.5 percent over the previous three years. Read more>>

Under a new state bill, the Gary schools could use $43.5 million in deferred state loan money to begin demolishing crumbling vacant schools that blanket the city and to renovate older schools. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The Hechinger Report
The peer interactions that produced the strongest learning gains were those where adults gave children clear instructions that "forced" children to debate and negotiate to reach a consensus, studies show. While reaching consensus, the students can clear up misunderstandings and deepen their knowledge. Read more>>

Dr. Karen Brennan makes the case that when teachers discover their own creativity they're more able to protect space for student creativity in their classrooms. Read more>>

Industry News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ClassLink
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and ClassLink launched a service model for educators and school communities. ClassLink will provide and manage rostering and single sign-on technologies for HMH customers to enable seamless access to HMH’s classroom solutions. Read more>>

Solvably offers a content library of more than 450 interactive team challenges that span STEAM, English-language arts, social studies, career and technical education, and professional development. Read more>>

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The News Tribune
John Polm Jr., superintendent of Port Townsend School District, will oversee the Washington school district. He will replace Tim Yeomans as head of the 23,000-student Puyallup school district. Read more>>

The Herald-News
Rachel Kinder has been named as the Valley View School District 365U's superintendent of schools, replacing retiring Superintendent James A. Mitchem Jr. Kinder is currently the Illinois district's assistant superintendent for educational services. Read more>>