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February 2018 Volume 83, No.6

Do Schools’ ‘Active-Shooter’ Drills Prepare or Frighten? - Evie Blad / Education Week

Students are receiving increasingly intensive safety training in response to school shootings. One challenge is figuring out how to prepare them for the worst without provoking anxiety and fear.

When Students Stop and Think About What They’re Learning - Jonathan Lash / Huffington Post

Having students reflect in writing on what they are learning has significant and measurable benefits.

Higher Grades: The Newest Advantage of Being Rich in America - Jon Marcus / The Hechinger Report

In general, students enrolled in private and suburban high schools are awarded higher grades—critical for college admission—than urban public school students who have no less talent or potential.

Preventing Sexual Violence Starts with What We Teach Our Boys - Maryjo Oster / Child Trends

Though little research has evaluated the effectiveness of educational approaches to reducing violence against women, there are promising prevention strategies that focus on the role of conventional gender norms.

Nikolai Vitti Has a School District to Save in Detroit - Erin Einhorn / Bridge MagazineBridge Magazine

Detroit’s schools have become a national symbol of the education crisis. The district’s new superintendent promises not just to improve its schools but to transform them. His efforts may be of interest to leaders in other urban schools.

How to Help Kids Stay ‘Internet Kind’ - Donnie Piercey /EdSurge

Many students assume that a divide exists between the “real world” and the “digital world,” leading some to be kind in the classroom but a troll online. Here’s how to eliminate that divide.

A Pacesetter in Personalized Learning - Joanne Jacobs / EducationNext

Summit Public Schools, a high-performing charter network, is sharing successful methods and materials it has developed to all schools nationwide for free.

Dyslexia: Hiding in Plain Sight - Sheldon Berman and Sara B. Stetson / School Administrator

Dyslexia and language-based difficulties may hold the key to why it’s so hard to improve reading performance. Dispelling myths and giving educators background knowledge and successful tactics are essential. The authors offer their advice.

Secret Agents of Kindness - Debra Ginsberg /Teaching Tolerance

A teacher gave students a simple task: Be kind, but selfless. The results illustrate the contagious effects of humanity.

Schools Make Room for the Military - Lois Elfman / District Administration

Military-connected students have elevated rates of almost all risk factors, including suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and bullying. Schools can do a number of things to help.

Success in School Tied to Healthy Vision -Kristan Gross / NJEA Review

Most of what students learn in school is through their eyes, making testing for vision problems before entering kindergarten and periodically thereafter a must.

Lunch Quality and Students’ Academic Performance - Michael L. Anderson, Justin Gallagher, and Elizabeth Ramirez Ritchie / The Brown Center Chalkboard The Brown Center Chalkboard

A new study measures the effect of offering healthier lunches on the end-of-year test scores of public school students.