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Ericka R. Hursey, DA guest columnist

Building relationships, setting expectations and showing appreciation are key to student and staff success. But we can’t get there if we don’t listen and connect, says DA guest columnist Ericka R. Hursey, who is principal of Lower Richland High School in South Carolina. Read more>>

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Watch this video to see how one of Louisiana's most innovative elementary schools is using classroom audio technology to boost teacher and student collaboration and engagement. Watch now>>

Sylvia Martinez, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker

A school’s technology acceptable use policy should cover the benefits of using ed tech—not just promises of punishment, says DA guest columnist Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of "Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom," and who has been an FETC featured speaker. Read more>>

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According to a recent CDC report, about 60 percent of Americans had at least one adverse childhood experience. New research reveals how trauma can lead to learning challenges and higher dropout rates. Fortunately, trauma-skilled schools and districts are finding better ways to support these students. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Virtual advising and embedded graduates bring college advising to a wider group of students—some of whom may not otherwise receive any substantial guidance in making decisions about postsecondary education. Read more>>

Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist

It has never been easier to create—and share—rich digital content to promote school success stories, says Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Refreshed mission and vision statements and school logos allow district leaders to tell a more relevant story to their communities. Read more>>

Also Noteworthy

The New York Times

The progress schools have made toward serving healthier and more appetizing lunches may stall unless more middle- and upper-middle-class parents can be persuaded to let their kids buy lunch at school. Without greater participation from children paying for lunch, local school districts will lack the funds to maintain the gains in quality. Read more>>


Civics content needs to reflect our students' diversity. It should celebrate the virtues of our country but not shy away from critically engaging with the racism, structural inequalities and discriminatory policy decisions that have disenfranchised many. Read more>>


Concerns are growing that active shooter safety drills have not been proven effective in preventing violence and that they may even traumatize some students. An advocacy group and the largest education unions are calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report

Peer leaders speak the languages of their communities. Second, they have walked in their peers’ shoes, and the stories they have to share go well beyond information. Third, their knowledge is up-to-date in ways that the knowledge of adults cannot be. Read more>>

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