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Education Week: School Climate, Health and Student Life

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7 Simple Steps to Create a Positive School Climate

Too often one leader may be blamed for creating a negative climate, when the reality is that we all contribute to a positive or negative school climate. Our attitude every day plays an important part in our school climate. Here are 7 easy steps school communities can take to improve their school cli<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

School Climate, Health and Student Life

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Violence, School Climate, and "Normal" (Part II)

A new book argues that building a nonviolent school climate is the responsibility of every school leader. The authors suggest how this might be achieved.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

6 Improvements Inspired by Practicing Mindfulness

Education is much more stressful than people who are not involved with schools may realize, and mindfulness may be the answer to alleviating some of that stress. Here are six things we can learn from mindfulness.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>


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7 Education Organizations That Empower Students Worldwide

Ideas from around the world to empower students are shared at a global conference.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Is the Healthy Afterschool Movement?

Three ways that the burgeoning healthy afterschool movement can be a leader in incorporating social, emotional, and academic development, as explained by Daniel Hatcher.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

7 Unexpected Places Where Learning Happens

Learning doesn't stop when kids leave school. Here are seven unexpected places where social, emotional, and academic learning can happen.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Few Student Board Members Can Vote. Should That Change?

At a time when districts say they want to prioritize student voice and civics, student board positions tend to be advisory, rather than consequential.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Are Today's Young Civic Activists in It for the Long Haul?

Nearly a year later, the March for Our Lives movement can point to electoral and legislative wins and losses, some converts, and some dropouts. Can they keep it going?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How Can Mindfulness Teach Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning?

Our students are constantly told to toughen up, but too often students turn to negative behaviors like binge drinking or drugs because of their inability to handle stress and anxiety. Perhaps mindfulness can help?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Looking for Climate Change Info, Teachers Find Propaganda

Many resources presented online as educational material are actually junk. There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. This can present teachers with a number of issues.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Looking for climate change info, teachers find propaganda

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What the DeVos-Led School Safety Commission Did This Summer

The divisive debate over arming educators, as well as the need for student mental-health services, were prime topics at a whirlwind series of school safety commission hearings, but gun control didn’t make the agenda.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How to Turn Adolescence From a 'Missed Opportunity' to a Foundation for Learning

A new report by the National Academies of Science suggests supports or inequities in adolescence are particularly likely to "get under the skin" of teenagers.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Educators Need Mindfulness. Their Mental Health May Depend On It.

The mental health of school counselors, nurses, school leaders, and teachers are at risk, and they may only need 10 minutes to help alleviate their stress.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Video Games? Media? Bullying? No Single Cause for School Shootings, Experts Tell Safety Commission

One-by-one, experts speaking to a federal school safety commission addressed factors commonly blamed for school shootings: bullying, mental health issues, violent video games, and media coverage.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Ditching Detention for Yoga: Schools Embrace Mindfulness to Curb Discipline Problems

As more schools aim to address students’ social and emotional needs, some are using meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices to address misbehavior and stress. But the research on the effectiveness of such practices is mixed.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What It Takes to Make Suicide Prevention a Priority in School

In the state with the nation’s highest suicide rate, this principal and a school counselor have zeroed in on student mental health.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What's a More Important Parent Investment: Money or Time?

Two new international studies look at how parents judge how to invest in their children's education, and what happens to children's academic progress when one parent can't be involved.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Breaking Down the Myths That Lead Young Students to Miss School

A new study finds one intervention cut early absenteeism by 15 percent by correcting common parent misconceptions about attendance.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Missouri Teachers See Student Academic Gains After Making Home Visits

A new study found that students who received teacher home visits did better on state tests and had better attendance records than students whose homes were not visited.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Can Visiting Students at Home Make Teachers Less Biased?

A study by RTI International and Johns Hopkins University found evidence that teachers' assumptions and biases about their students' families can change after visiting their homes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

The Family Roots of Math Anxiety

Children learn what they live, particularly when it comes to loving or fearing mathematics, a new study finds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Here's How Dads Can Engage in Their Children's Education in the New School Year

Guest post by Dr. Joe Mazza *Disclaimer: This article is not aimed to discount the work moms, grandmoms and other female role models have done and continue to do as it relates to parenting and family-community engagement, but to inspire dads to STEP UP and work to level the playing field in the best<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Dads Shape Their Kids' Education in More Ways Than You Know, Research Says

Though much of the parent involvement research focuses on mothers, emerging studies show involved fathers can significantly improve their children's educational progress, too.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teacher-Parent Communication Needs to Improve, Studies Say

Teachers and parents need to work on communication with one another, two recent studies suggest, and that may be especially true when immigrant students or students of color are involved.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Study: Teachers May Need Training in How to Deal With Parent Harassment

A new study shows that teachers with negative parental interactions are more likely to have such experiences. How can teachers deal with parental harassment?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Keep Your Students Close But Your Parents Closer

When teachers open up their classrooms and their teaching to parents, they build mutual trust and respect and avoid the nasty business of conflict, Eoin Lenihan writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teachers View Immigrant Parents as Less Involved. That Mindset May Be Hurting Students

Students whose teachers viewed their parents as less engaged in their schooling had lower grade point averages and were less likely to be recommended for advanced courses, according to a new study.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Talking With Students' Parents Can Be Uncomfortable. Do It Anyway.

By building relationships and keeping the communication lines open and honest, parents feel included and involved in their child's education, teacher Beth Adreon says.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Engage Parents by Acting With Empathy

Learning how to listen and act with empathy is radically different from assuming traditional roles of teachers as experts, John M. Holland writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

First Food Deserts, Now Book Deserts, Deprive Poor Students, Study Finds

'Food deserts' have long been a concern. But what happens when poor young children have little access to "food for the mind"?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What a Lesson Plan for Parent Engagement Looks Like

Let's make engaging students and families beyond our classrooms a part of every lesson plan, Megan M. Allen writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationships Start With Healthy Student-Teacher Ones

Teacher Adrianne G. Williams cultivates an environment where she focuses on students' interpersonal qualities as well as their academic ones. The students see her effort, she says, and the parents follow.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How Do Parents Choose a 'High Quality' School?

The ease or difficulty of finding information is one of the factors that can shape how parents choose schools.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Some Recent Headlines About Parent-Involvement Issues

Here's a news roundup that features three recent stories about parent-involvement issues, including some interesting developments in California and Florida.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

There's a Disconnect Between Parent Expectations and Student Realities

A first look at new federal data on parent involvement suggests a disconnect between parents' expectations and school outcomes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Tighter Home-School Bonds Improve Students' Social and Emotional Skills (as Well as Academics)

Partnering with parents can help students of any age who have trouble with social or mental health issues. But the devil is in the details, finds an analysis of more than 100 studies.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Are Effective Ways to Use Tech in Social Studies Classes?

The new question-of-the-week is: What are effective ways to use tech in social studies classes?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Student Engagement? Researchers Investigate

Researchers at the University of Montreal are partnering with an education technology company to see if Artificial Intelligence can predict student engagement.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Has Been Your Biggest Classroom-Management Mistake?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is the biggest classroom management mistake you ever made and what did you learn from it?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How Can Games Be Used in the Classroom?

The new question-of-the-week is: Do games have a role in teaching and learning in the classroom? If so, how should they be used?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Response: 'Start Classroom Management From a Place of Love, Not a Place of Power'

Anne Jenks, Peg Grafwallner, Kevin Parr, Rita Platt, Sarah Thomas, Thomas Kerman, and Paula Kondratko share their biggest classroom management mistakes and what they should have done, instead.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Response: The Biggest Classroom-Management Mistakes

Theresa Staley, Judy Reinhartz, Lindsey Palmieri, and Louise Goldberg share their experiences with making classroom management mistakes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Author Interview With Rich Milner: "Reimagining 'Classroom Management' for Equity"

Rich Milner agreed to answer a few questions about his recent book, "These Kids Are Out Of Control" Why We Must Re-Imagine "Classroom Management" For Equity (co-authored with Heather B. Cunningham, Lori Delale-O'Connor, and Erika Gold Kestenberg).<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Response: Classroom Management - Mistakes and Solutions

Debbie Silver, Amanda Koonlaba, Katie Biggs, Jennifer Lasater, Tina H. Boogren, Diane Mora contribute their remembrances of classroom management mistakes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink

Move heavy thinking to the beginning of the day, make recess sacred, let higher schoolers sleep in, and mandate choir, says the best-selling author.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Q&A Collections: Classroom Management Advice

Here are links to all the columns on classroom management from the past six years!<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Is Trauma-Informed Teaching?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is trauma-informed teaching and what does it look like in the classroom?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Are the Best Ways to Handle Group Work in Class?

The new question-of-the-week is: How can teachers maximize student learning gained by group work?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What is the Future of Classroom Management?

What does the future of classroom management look like? Not an easy question to answer, is it? My thoughts: we must find new and innovative ways to help teachers better manage their classrooms, and we must do it fast.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Beyond Classroom Management

Want a class that functions smoothly and productively? Forget the carrots and sticks; make sure each student has appropriately challenging work instead.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Is Social Justice Education Anyway?

It's easy to agree that education should be the great human equalizer, but implementing social justice pedagogy takes work, writes Crystal Belle.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong

It's time to make grades bias-resistant and fairer, writes Joe Feldman. Four key aspects of equitable grading can help.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Classroom Management and Discipline

Children require structure and support to flourish. Some teachers have found that greeting each child, individually, every morning establishes mutually beneficial respect and an environment of consistency. Some classes function better with a little less structure and can utilize an open seating and<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

7 Suggestions for Better School Discipline

Whether or not the Trump administration rescinds Obama-era discipline guidance, Michael J. Petrilli has suggestions for what should come next.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Is the Best Advice for Co-Teaching Arrangements?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is the best advice for co-teaching arrangements (Special Needs, ELLs, etc.)?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Q&A Collections: Classroom Management Advice

All posts from the past seven years on classroom management - in one place!<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>