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November 2016 Volume 82, No. 3

When a Transformative Principal Leaves,Can a School Sustain Success? - Nick Chiles / The Hechinger Report

Leaders at Malcolm X Shabazz High School based the school’s remaking on its football team—and achieved sustainable success.

Louisiana Offers Homegrown Standards-Based Lessons to Teachers Nationwide - Liana Heitin / Education Week

State education officials enlisted teachers to create an English/language arts curriculum aligned to the Common Core standards.

Why Teaching Is Not an Exact Science - Lynne Anderson-Loy / American Educator

While her college teacher prep program did not prepare her to address the social and emotional needs of students, a teacher learns an effective approach from a new principal.

The Transformation of High School Journalism - Alana Rome / NJEA Review

The need to update school journalism programs is paramount for districts nationwide.

Using Technology to Support Underserved Students - Molly B. Zielezinski / EdSurge

Five actionable tips for educators who want to implement new digital tools or evaluate the tools they currently use.

Shifting Gears - Michelle Edwards / Virginia Journal of Education

Alternative education is beginning to be seen in a far more positive light. It offers ample opportunity for taking an individualized approach to each student’s needs.

The Window of Assignments - Sonja Brookins Santelises and Kati Haycock / School Administrator

To better serve children in poverty, educators often focus on extra counseling, school meals programs, and after-school programs. But without fundamental changes in instruction, special programming will not get students where they need to go.

Anatomy of an Ally - Carrie Gaffney / Teaching Tolerance

Educators need to speak out against injustice and support marginalized groups and individuals on their own terms.

Student Time Sheets - Douglas J. Delman

The use of student time sheets created by the author can both address safety concerns and increase student accountability.

Now Is the Time to Experiment with Inspections for School Accountability - Helen F. Ladd / The Brown Center Chalkboard

With the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, states have an opportunity to develop new approaches to school and district accountability. The author urges experimentation with the inspection and review approach, which has had substantial success in many other countries.

The Biggest Flaw with the Common Core - Diallo Telli Brown / Independent Journal Opinion

Poor and minority students need instruction that is relevant to their own culture and ethnicity—a concern that the author feels the Common Core standards do not address.

Fostering Digital Citizenship in the Classroom - George Dotterer, Andrew Hedges, and Harrison Parker / Net Ref

Ensuring that students understand the implications, consequences, and best practices for engaging with technology and social media is critical to safeguarding their well-being and developing essential workplace skills.