Educators weigh solutions to school violence | Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools | Teacher-recruitment ideas shared in report
February 16, 2018
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Educators weigh solutions to school violence
Educators weigh solutions to school violence
A candlelight vigil in Parkland, Fla. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
School leaders are searching for answers following a devastating shooting at a Florida high school. In a letter to members of his own Vermont school community, co-principal Elijah Hawkes writes that part of the solution is in building positive relationships with students.
The Hechinger Report (2/15),  National Public Radio (2/15),  PBS (2/15) 
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Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
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Educators at about 60 Ohio schools are using music to promote mindfulness among students. The Mindful Music Moments program uses symphony and orchestra music to help students focus on their breathing to help ease anxiety and improve behavior.
ThisWeek Community News (Lewis Center, Ohio) (2/14) 
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Schools Today
Teacher-recruitment ideas shared in report
A report co-authored by San Luis Obispo County Schools Superintendent Jim Brescia offers state school districts tips on how to recruit and retain teachers, including attending job fairs, partnering with universities and recruiting all year. Brescia says his district, and many others in the state, are struggling with a teacher shortage.
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (2/12) 
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Va. school observes No One Eats Alone Day
Va. school observes No One Eats Alone Day
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Students at a Virginia middle school recently received raffle tickets to determine who they would sit with during lunch. The random table assignments were part of No One Eats Alone Day.
Chesterfield Observer (Midlothian, Va.) (2/14) 
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Developing Leaders
How an NBCT uses social media to promote schools
How an NBCT uses social media to promote schools
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Educators can harness the power of social media to spread good news -- and change the narrative -- about education, says National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this article, she shares why she favors interdisciplinary education and how she helps to institute it in her own school.
SmartBrief/Education (2/15) 
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Policy News
Senate votes down DACA proposals
Senate votes down DACA proposals
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The US Senate has voted down four immigration proposals that included measures related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program originally was set to end March 5, but two federal courts have blocked such action. The Supreme Court is expected today in a closed-door meeting to consider taking up one of the lower court's opinions.
U.S. News & World Report (2/15),  CNN (2/16) 
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National Board Update
Podcast: What Board certification means to the teaching profession
In this podcast, Michigan math teacher Gina Wilson shares why she loves teaching. "National Board Certification is a strong platform to help people see that teaching is a profession," she says. Learn more.
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"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do"
"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do" lays the foundation for National Board Standards and National Board Certification. We've released the revised version of this book, which is a must-read for all teachers. Read on.
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