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Education Digest September 2015

September 2015 Volume 81, No. 1

How Prison Stints Replaced Study Hall - Jody Owens / Politico Magazine

When police departments began supplying on-duty “school resource officers” to patrol hallways, teachers and principals found it easy to outsource discipline—a schoolyard scuffle could land a kid in jail. The results have been disastrous.

Undocumented Youths Strive to Adjust - Corey Mitchell / Education Week

Schools serving immigrant students help ease their transition by forging strong relationships, focusing on the basic rights that all kids deserve, and selling hope.

Ways to Involve ‘At-Risk Parents’ - Brett Novick / NJEA Review

To get new faces at school events, try offering food, involving children, giving things away, and keeping it short.

Teachers or Administrators: Who’s the Real Problem? - Jordan Shapiro / The Hechinger Report

Educators and administrators blame each other for obstructing teaching innovation. Could the lack of a dependable shared language with which to communicate be the problem?

An Artist’s Argument for STEAM Education - Curt Bailey / Model D

Art is about emotion. Therefore, creating an understanding of art and its emotional appeal is crucial to any student interested in a technical field. A compelling argument indeed!

Shelter From the Storm - Teri Cettina / Teaching Tolerance

Strategies to help support students with poverty-induced trauma—providing access to basic needs, emotional support, peaceful environments, and more.

A Discussion with Khan Academy’s Founder - California Schools

Sal Khan discusses how technology is closing the achievement gap, as well as future technological changes that school boards should be planning for.

Training Teachers to Be Culturally in Tune - Sylvia Mendoza / The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Future educators learn innovative ways of teaching, such as how to develop culturally relevant material that connects to the community and aligns with Common Core State Standards.

Totally Tuned In - Michael J. Romick / Virginia Journal of Education

Connecting music with literature is an effective learning experience—and it totally engages students. Here’s how to get started.

Test Prompts to Stir Good Student Writing - Mary Tarashuk / MiddleWeb

Connect students with other writers to inspire their own writing.

Flexible Learning Days - Jay M. Haugen / School Administrator

Innovative solution keeps teaching and learning on track when schools are faced with sudden closings due to weather.

Interview with Emerging Leader Aaron Bredenkamp - Tarsi Dunlop / Learning First Alliance

Bredenkamp’s thoughts on school discipline and the importance of supporting teachers and personalized learning for students.

Teacher Pension Debt Climbs - National Council on Teacher Quality

Most states don’t offer teachers fair, flexible retirement options.

Schools Need Security Guidance - Installations, Inc.

Educators can learn from security practices of such industries as banking and retail to make schools as safe as possible.

Book/Media Reviews - Dudley Barlow