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Education Digest November 2014

November 2014 Volume 80, No. 3

Students Evaluating Teachers — Scott LaFee / School Administrator

Research finds that students do a very good job of fairly and reliably evaluating their instructors. Here, three districts that use or plan to use student surveys share their experiences.

Power Hour — Jane Ellspermann / Principal Leadership

An expanded lunch period meant to increase student opportunities for academic success has resulted in a positive impact far beyond its original intent.

Gadgets Go to School — Patricia Bruder / NJEA Review

The benefits and risks of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Restorative Justice — Jill Davidson / Teaching Tolerance

Restorative discipline practices aim to keep students engaged in classroom and school life as they learn ways to self-correct their harmful or disruptive conduct.

A More Laid-Back Life — Kitty Boitnott / Virginia Journal of Education

Has stress become a fact of life? Here are six easy practices that you can incorporate into your life that will help to minimize, reduce, and manage stress.

Keeping a Faculty Whole — Sarah Karp / Catalyst Chicago

New principal devotes much time talking to, observing, and spending time with teachers in an effort to turn around a low-performing school. So far, his efforts are really paying off.

The Maker Movement Connects to the Classroom — Greg Thompson / T.H.E. Journal

As maker projects get more time and space in classrooms, they are also gaining acceptance as proof of learning among elite universities.

Seeing Past the ‘Color-blind’ Myth of Education Policy — Amy Stuart Wells / National Education Policy Center

Recommendations for policymakers that could foster greater racial diversity and less racial segregation in schools.

Advocacy Groups Push Coding as a Core Curriculum — Jason Shueh / Government Technology

By 2020, there will be more computing jobs available than skilled workers to fill them. To help solve the dilemma, tech groups offer tools, such as teaching materials and curriculum instruction, to aid educators in preparing students.

Parental Incarceration — American Sociological Association

Study finds that students who have a parent in jail or prison have more behavioral problems and a higher incidence of ADHD—an important implication for health professionals.

SIMPLE Guidelines for Using Social Networking Tools in K-12 Education — Stephanie Huffman / Education (

A model for developing a school district policy that protects students and also provides the least restrictive environment for teaching and learning.

Developing Innovative Engagement in Your Community — HOMEROOM (

Many state and local education agencies are using social media, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to inform, involve, prompt inquiry, and inspire their audiences.

Book/Media Reviews — Dudley Barlow