NYC schools adopt restorative justice | Mo. school uses tutors to hone reading skills | Evening preschool opens slots for more students
June 11, 2018
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NYC schools adopt restorative justice
NYC schools adopt restorative justice
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Five New York City schools that have adopted a restorative justice program are reporting improved outcomes for students. Mischael Cetout, a restorative justice coordinator, says it allows both administrators and students a way to understand the root causes of student conflicts and work on improving student behavior.
PBS/NewsHour (6/9) 
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Mo. school uses tutors to hone reading skills
Mo. school uses tutors to hone reading skills
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A Missouri elementary school has created the Learning Lab to work with their transient student population on their literacy skills. Incoming students are tested on literacy and then work in small groups with reading tutors, many of whom are retired teachers.
KCUR-FM (Kansas City, Mo.) (6/8) 
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Evening preschool opens slots for more students
A Washington school district has increased the capacity of its prekindergarten program by offering an evening session for students. The program's free eight-week kindergarten-readiness program has expanded to nine campuses over the past three years.
The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (6/10) 
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Transformational Leadership
8 tips for teachers in the history classroom
8 tips for teachers in the history classroom
Get to know your students and have a sense of humor, eighth-grade history teacher Lauren Brown advises in this blog post geared at soon-to-be history teachers. She shares suggestions to help the teachers engage students, including using primary sources and reading about the subjects they have to cover.
MiddleWeb (6/10) 
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Parkland, Fla., teacher recognized at Tony Awards
Parkland, Fla., teacher recognized at Tony Awards
Herzfeld (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., received the award for excellence in theater education during the Tony Awards. Herzfeld says the award offers "pride and joy" to the community where a deadly school shooting took place earlier this year.
National Public Radio (6/9) 
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How is software really used in schools?
Online resources, from mobile apps to computer-based tools, abound for educators - but how are they really being used in schools, and how often? Read this SmartFocus on how schools can better analyze software data for more informed purchasing and greater student outcomes.
Technology in the Classroom
Report gives tips for navigating digital shift
Report gives tips for navigating digital shift
The State Education Technology Directors Association has released a new edition of its report on navigating the shift toward digital instructional materials to better serve as a guide for education leaders. The report identifies "essential conditions" for accessibility for all students and policies that protect student data privacy.
T.H.E. Journal (6/8) 
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Pa. may require students to take civics test
A measure that soon could become law would require high-school students in Pennsylvania to take a civics test before they can graduate from high school, but they would not have to pass it. If the bill passes, the civics test requirement would take effect in the 2020-21 school year.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/10) 
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Study examines teen interest in STEM
Fewer boys want to pursue a science, technology, engineering and math career, according to an annual survey of teenagers by Junior Achievement and Ernst and Young. Boys' interest in STEM fields declined from 36% last year to 24% this year, but girls' interest in STEM fields remained unchanged at 11% of all surveyed girls.
U.S. News & World Report (6/8) 
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8 steps school leaders can take to recruit teachers
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