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Steven Blackburn
Restorative justice in schools is a growing trend as administrators look to build relationships with students and school staff rather than use out of school suspensions—which can lead to incarceration.  Read more>>

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Sylvia Martinez, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
In the past decade, the terms makerspace, hackerspace and fablab have appeared on the horizon. These are new names for what people have always done—come together to fix things, make new things and learn from each other, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Read more>>

Jennifer Herseim
Chief Technology Officer and FETC speaker Marlo Gaddis discusses how students need to be taught how to use tech or a digital divide will persist even if everyone has a device. Read more>>

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The Chicago Board of Education gave final approval to a five-year teachers contract that ended an 11-day strike last month. They also passed an amended fiscal 2020 budget that relies on one-time revenue and savings to fill a hole caused in part by higher labor costs. Read more>>

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Chicago Tribune/ProPublica Illinois
In Illinois, it’s legal for school employees to seclude students in a separate space if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others. Yet every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law, an investigation found. Read more>>

Statehouse News Bureau
For almost a quarter of a century, Ohio’s governors have wanted more control over a panel that oversees education. All that came up in a debate over how much to pay that leader at this month's Ohio Board of Education meeting. Read more>>

The Mesa County Valley School District 51, which serves more than 22,000 students, closed all 46 of its schools following the spread of an “extremely contagious virus.” More than 3,400 students were absent this week. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Tennessee
More than 750 spots at eight Memphis charter schools could be eliminated if the Shelby County Schools board decides to force the schools to accept fewer students or possibly unenroll some students to comply with their agreements with the district. Read more>>

CBS News
The Big Sandy School District in Simla invited undergrads from the University of Colorado into their classrooms, hoping to inspire the aspiring teachers to work in a similar rural setting some day. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Children benefit when they learn emotion skills: there is less bullying and emotional distress, and better attendance and academic achievement. Schools where these skills are taught also have teachers with lower stress and burnout levels, greater job satisfaction, and more engaging classrooms. Read more>>

Anchorage Daily News
A lawyer for the Anchorage School District described a proposed Alaska education ballot measure as a "well-intentioned but poorly executed effort" to provide guidelines about education issues, from class size to teacher pay to curricula. Read more>>

Industry News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Texas State Board of Education has approved Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Into Literature Texas for grades 9-12. The program offers data analytics, formative assessment, blended professional learning opportunities and current literacy content. Read more>>

Metro Nashville Public Schools will equip 159 pre-K teachers with Hatch WePlaySmart multi-touch tables to advance kindergarten readiness skills for over 3,000 young children. Read more>>

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Orange County Register
Jerry Almendarez was selected to lead the California district, replacing two educators who have been serving since the former superintendent left. Almendarez has been leading Colton Joint USD since 2010. Read more>>

Superintendent Tim Tahara is retiring at the end of the school year. Before becoming superintendent, he served as the Concord Community Schools' assistant superintendent from 2010 to 2018. Read more>>