Alison DeNisco

As the school psychologist shortage grows, some districts have turned to telehealth to provide mental health care for students. In rural or overpopulated districts, teletherapy can provide counseling, consultation and assessments where there may otherwise be none. Read more>>

The Oakland Press

Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Changes in typing speed, voice tone, word choice and how often kids stay home could signal trouble, according to preliminary studies. Read more>>

KQED

Teachers regularly ask for more professional development on how to use the tech tools districts are buying. However, large skill-based workshops aren’t the most effective way to get teachers integrating technology into their practice to shift learning. Classroom-based coaching is a better approach to help teachers integrate new tools. Read more>>

The News Tribune

What if students could start training for high-demand, high-wage jobs while earning a high school diploma? Would a larger percentage of students find careers faster? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says “yes.” That's why $110 million of his $54.4 billion proposed state operating budget is designated for K12 technical and vocational education. The timing couldn’t be more critical. Read more>>

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Broward County School District in Florida plans to install a $621,000 surveillance system that includes technology that can recognize people and vehicles. The cameras will be set up in 36 schools, mostly high schools “with the highest security needs.” Read more>>

CNN

Among teens who use social media the most—more than five hours per day—a new study has shown a 50 percent increase in depressive symptoms among girls versus a 35 percent among boys, when comparing their symptoms with those of teens using social media for only one to three hours daily. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Indiana

In the nearly 10 years since virtual schools began, Indiana’s legislature has passed policies favoring school choice in general and charter schools, including virtual charters. Laws that expand virtual schools and offer them more flexibility have found favor, while ones that would restrict such schools have mostly fallen flat. This political support comes despite the schools’ track records of low test scores, high turnover and, in some cases, single-digit graduation rates. Read more>>

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