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Nancy Mann Jackson

School districts have been overwhelmed with the array of ed tech. For many K-12 leaders, the answer has been to hire instructional technology coaches to guide classroom implementation. Read more>>

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Carver Elementary invested Title 1 dollars in a digital literacy curriculum during a year of tight budgets and failed annual yearly progress. Two years after adoption, the whole Arizona district decided to follow their lead. Now, every student has access to learning and students keep improving every year. Read more>>

Ariana Fine

Faced with a lack of school lab space and a need for more in-depth medical imaging, district leaders and science educators have been seeking alternatives to real animal dissections in class.  Read more>>

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The 2019 K-12 Digital Content Report includes insights from 1,948 ASCD members in administrative roles. Learn about the current usage of, attitudes toward and future plans for e-books and audiobooks. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

TikTok lets kids make short videos set to music, and some schools are forming clubs around the app. Still, social media continues to cause concerns. Read more>>

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With the ever-changing K12 payments landscape, there are many things to think about when managing student fees at your schools. Watch this web seminar to learn more about the current state of e-commerce and parent-buying behavior, considerations when looking for a universal payment solution, and the MySchoolBuck platform. Watch now>>

Michael S. Kuhrt, DA guest columnist

A successful plan factors in students’ physical, mental, emotional and social health, says DA guest columnist Michael S. Kuhrt, superintendent of Wichita Falls ISD in Texas. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Traditional school schedules fail to take advantage of the natural, daily cycle of a student's cognitive abilities, which are analytical earlier in the day, fall into a trough around noon, and become more creative later. Read more>>

Also Noteworthy

KQED

If schools want to reach boys, strengthen their emotional resilience, and help them stay engaged in school, school leaders need to focus on “relational learning” from the top down. Take a look at mission statements, professional development, schedules and class sizes. And the most basic way to support boys’ emotional and character development is also the simplest: listen to them. Read more>>

Forbes

The traditional whole-classroom instructional model doesn’t work in a classroom of 35 students who are at varying levels of ability. There isn’t enough time in the day for teachers to determine the profile and therefore the instructional needs of each student. Adaptive blended learning can provide an equitable solution for struggling students. Read more>>

The New York Times

The fairness debate in school funding has to start with clear data, but it turns out that data can be very hard to find. Part of the difficulty in tackling in-district disparities is that parents, local advocates and school board members are often in the dark about how spending breaks down across their local schools. Read more>>

The Conversation

Argument-based intellectual engagement can show high outcomes in terms of the quality of thinking in any classroom. Research also shows deliberate attention to the practice of reasoning in our everyday lives can be significantly improved through targeted teaching. Read more>>

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