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Education Digest February 2016

February 2016 Volume 81, No. 6

Teaching for Today, Tomorrow - John C. Bartlett / Principal Leadership

A high school principal institutes a far-reaching technology plan by first identifying the essential skills students need, and then figuring out how technology could personalize learning for each student. Here are details of his plan and lessons learned.

“I thought about quitting today …” - Jey Ehrenhalt / Teaching Tolerance

Over 9% of teachers were physically threatened or attacked during the 2011-12 school year. Restorative justice programs work to sensitize the entire school to the causes and effects of trauma and to train educators to refrain from reactive patterns and become more resilient.

Classroom Biases Hinder Students’ Learning - Sarah D. Sparks / Education Week

Microaggression: An incident of everyday discrimination that students encounter that may contribute to lower performance and disengagement. Here are ways to curb microaggressions and buffer students against them.

In Arkansas, Schools Welcome Immigrants - Meredith Kolodner / The Hechinger Report

Test scores and graduation rates have soared since a district committed to creating an environment where all belong, all learn, and all succeed. Embracing families, challenging students academically, and creating a sense of belonging are key factors.

The Rise of AltSchools and Other Micro-Schools - Michael B. Horn / Education Next

Families dissatisfied with public schools or unable to afford private schools are gravitating toward small, independently funded schools that focus on personalized, activity-based learning.

How Due Process Protects Teachers and Students - Richard D. Kahlenberg / American Educator

Why tenure laws were first enacted, and why-—given the rise in segregation in schools by race and economic class that makes educators’ jobs even tougher—they are still necessary today.

The Power of Influence! - Janet Dorn / Virginia Journal of Education

To avoid lessons that promote stereotypes, ask students, for example, “What person influenced you most over summer break?” rather than “What did you do over summer vacation?” Small changes can bring about social justice in classrooms.

Losing Touch with Physical Education - Jessica A. Skolnikoff and Robert P. Engvall /School Administrator

With childhood obesity on the rise, shouldn’t it be imperative for schools to teach the value of lifelong physical activity and healthy eating rather than marginalizing phys-ed?

Ending the ‘Teacher Wars’ - Dana Goldstein / NJEA Review

It’s time to stop blaming teachers for things outside of their control and time to allow them to move into leadership roles, become mentors, and work on education policy.

Farm to School Leads School Lunch Revolution - Lydia Mills / The Illinois School Board Journal

Programs do more than bring fresh, local food into the school cafeteria—they also introduce students to agricultural careers and serve as an economic stimulus in rural communities.

Shifting from Advising to Mentoring - Frank DiMaria / Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

College assigns incoming freshmen an academic mentor whose sole job is to give each student personalized attention so that they can achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.

Compulsive Texting Among Adolescent Girls - American Psychological Association

It is the nature of texts that girls send and receive—not the frequency—that is distracting and thus interferes with their academics.