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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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

On the Snowy Tundra, Alaska Students Bridge Differences and Eat Moose Snout

An Alaskan high school exchange program works to promote understanding between the state's urban centers and its remote Native Villages and communities.<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=""/>

Community Defined Projects at Health Leadership High

A visit to project-based Health Leadership HS, a talent pipeline and advocacy organization for a healthier community in Albuquerque, NM.<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=""/>

Why School Shootings May Never End in America

Some believe that they can stop school shootings from happening where they are, but unfortunately, we are learning that school shootings are our new normal, and we may not be able to change that.<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=""/>

Education Week: School Climate, Health and Student Life

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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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

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=""/>

How Can We Promote Resilience in the Classroom?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is resilience and how can teachers promote it in the classroom?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Should We Make Students Keep 'Reading Logs'?

The new question-of-the-week is: Should "reading logs" be assigned to students and, if not, what alternatives are available to teachers?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Q&A Collections: Best Ways to End the School Year

All Classroom Q&A posts offering advice on the best ways to end the school year (from the past eight years!) are described and linked to in this compilation post.<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 Do You Get Middle School Students to Stop Talking? Creative Tips From Teachers

Teachers unleash a flood of creative responses to one of the Most Persistent Teaching Questions of All Time: How do you get ever-chatty middle schoolers to quiet down and pay attention?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Tips for 'Floating' Teachers: How to Survive Without a Classroom of Your Own

"Traveling" or "floating" teachers often have to load up their teaching supplies in a cart and go from classroom to classroom. Here are some tips to make the best of it.<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=""/>

What Are the Biggest Mistakes Made in Science Instruction?

The new question-of-the-week is: What are the biggest mistakes made in science instruction and what should teachers do 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=""/>

What Is the Funniest Thing That Has Ever Happened in Your Classroom?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened in your classroom?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But Say Students in Distress Strain Their Skills

Many teachers say knowing how to help students who struggle outside of school is a major challenge as they take on teaching social-emotional learning, according to an Education Week Research Center survey.<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=""/>

They Shouldn't Have to, But What Are Ways Teachers Can Raise Private Money for Their Classroom?

The new questions-of-the-week is: Schools should provide adequate financial support to teachers and their students. But when they don't, what's the best, specific way to raise money?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Q&A Collections: Classroom-Management Advice

All Classroom Q&A posts offering advice on classroom management from the past eight years are described and linked to in this compilation post.<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=""/>