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Steven Blackburn

In honor of National STEAM and STEM Day, District Administration has compiled seven innovative ideas and initiatives in K-12 that promote the advancement of STEM education. Read more>>

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Students are exposed to many risks when they use their school-issued devices. If you’re not providing a digital safety net for your students, you could be liable. How do you protect students from risky behaviors? Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Trucks, and working on them in the Walmart parking lot, is what the boys in Lindsay Johnson’s sixth-period English class mostly wanted to discuss last school year. So Johnson helped the students channel their enthusiasm into a podcast. Read more>>

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Educators agree reaching the right balance of equity, rigor and SEL is critical. How do we get there? The LSI Marzano Center presents a web seminar with Dr. Marzano and Dr. Melissa Bloom that leaves "no stone unturned." Hear the latest research on how you can reach your district goals and improve student achievement. Watch now>>

Shawna De La Rosa

Tacoma Public Schools CIO Ed Grassia's data recovery plan covers not just hackers, but also earthquakes, floods, fires or the potential volcanic eruption of nearby Mount Rainier. Read more>>

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Writing benchmarks is a powerful tool that can help teachers and administrators better understand, track and evaluate student writing performance and growth over the course of the school year. Access this guide and learn how to leverage this tool effectively for your school or district. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn

Districts of Distinction honoree Baltimore County Public Schools creates equitable learning opportunities for students across the district with a mobile innovation lab. Read more>>

Susan Brooks-Young, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker

DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Susan Brooks-Young says the surge in the deliberate use of misinformation reveals Americans’ limited abilities as effective consumers of media. She offers several ways to help teachers and students find the truth in what they see. Read more>>

Also Noteworthy


Childhood trauma causes serious health repercussions throughout life and is a public health issue that calls for concerted prevention efforts. That’s the takeaway of a new report published from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more>>

The Atlantic

PTAs, despite their wholesome reputation, can wield significant financial power in their schools. Improved PTA financial and demographic transparency in New York and other districts might make schools a bit more equitably funded, but realistically, a few parents’ altruistic efforts won’t be enough to fill big gaps in the American education system. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report

When learners show different achievement levels, should we teach them separately or together? When students develop a "limitless perspective," positive changes go through their lives; when they get the opposite message—you’re smart, or you’re not smart—they constantly evaluate themselves against these fixed ideas. Read more>>

The Washington Post

A growing number of schools share buildings and facilities with other schools. Although on the surface it seems to make sense to give empty space in a public school building to, say, a charter school without a brick-and-mortar home, there are a variety of issues that make this a far more problematic “solution” than it seems. Read more>>

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