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Student Well-Being Letter to the Editor Schools Need to Cut Back on the ‘Filler’
Removing the 'filler' in schools would likely have a bigger effect on student well-being than later start times, writes a retired teacher.
August 30, 2022
1 min read
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Teaching What Time Should School Start? We Asked Teachers
Educators on social media weigh in on the tradeoffs of later start times, like sleep schedules, commutes, and after-school errands.
Hayley Hardison, July 13, 2022
6 min read
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School & District Management What the Research Says The Interesting Effects 4-Day Weeks May Have on School Climate
Teenagers experienced less bullying and fighting but no effects on their attendance or grades, a study found.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 30, 2022
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Staffing Our Schools Special Report Tackling the School Staffing Crisis
Modifying schedules, expanding the use of contractors and emergency certified teachers, and other tactics schools are trying.
June 29, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention The Latest Perk Schools Are Using to Attract Teachers: 4-Day Weeks
The pros, the cons, and the unknowns of a shorter school week.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 29, 2022
8 min read
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School & District Management With Teacher Morale in the Tank, What's the Right Formula to Turn It Around?
Higher pay is only part of the mix, education experts say.
Libby Stanford, May 9, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Let's Stop Assuming Students Are Up to No Good
A post-COVID-19 schedule change in my school taught me to stop patrolling the halls like a prison guard, writes one assistant principal.
Brandon McCoy, April 4, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management Why Schools See Extra Time as the Solution to Making Up for Lost Instruction
Districts are combating pandemic learning disruptions by adding instructional time. Atlanta is among the few to extend the school day.
Evie Blad, March 22, 2022
9 min read
Maria Lopez teaches a 4th-grade bilingual reading class at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in Dallas.
Maria Lopez teaches a 4th-grade bilingual reading class at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in Dallas.
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Teaching Schools Want to ‘Accelerate’ Student Learning. Here’s What That Means
Classrooms provide a glimpse into how the strategy works. But acceleration also requires shifts in district priorities.
Sarah Schwartz, March 22, 2022
12 min read
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School & District Management From Our Research Center The Teaching Strategies Educators Say Will Outlast the Pandemic
Teachers and school leaders nationwide told Education Week about the interventions they plan to continue for the next five years.
Sarah D. Sparks & Alex Harwin, March 22, 2022
9 min read
Derek Richey, the chief financial officer in the Cleveland school district, helps 4th grade student Kevin Bonner with an art project during art class at Memorial School.
Derek Richey, the chief financial officer in the Cleveland school district, helps 4th grade student Kevin Bonner with an art project at Memorial School.<br/>
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Finance Officer Who Anticipates the Worst and Plans for the Best
In the Cleveland district, chief financial officer Derek Richey connects his work directly to what’s happening in classrooms.
Mark Lieberman, February 16, 2022
9 min read
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School & District Management 4-Day School Weeks: New Research Examines the Benefits and Drawbacks
More than 1,600 districts have 4-day weeks. While students report more time for sleep and hobbies, academics lag, according to a new study.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 7, 2021
7 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Pandemic Forced My District to Make One Big Change Worth Keeping
The disruptive change of COVID-19 can offer opportunities even in the face of tragedy.
Erica M. Forti, July 27, 2021
2 min read