Brian Schulder, the security and safety director at a New York school district, says that his background as an educator and coach gives him an edge in addressing student concerns. He oversees 39 schools and 70 officers, but he says he routinely has conversations with students to gain insight about "what's really going on."
The 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting prompted a spike in school security spending -- a market that has grown to $2.7 billion. However, a survey by The Washington Post, and a separate 2016 study by Johns Hopkins University found little evidence that spending on security devices and other technology is making schools safer.
One Florida county's school board has voted to allow schools to hire substitute teachers who may not have a bachelor's degree in an effort to ease a substitute shortage. Officials say the rule change will allow schools to hire substitutes with two-year degrees.
Mississippi is taking steps to address a shortage of teachers by modifying licensing requirements and establishing teacher-pipeline programs. One approach calls for a teacher-residency program, in which educators will spend time learning in the classroom of a National Board Certified Teacher or a "highly skilled" teacher for two years.
Students at a Michigan high school who volunteer as peer tutors for students in special education have formed a club called Social Light to provide chances for the students to interact outside of classes. Students play games during meetings and are looking for community service projects for future activities.
Crimes targeting individuals with disabilities have risen along with a 17% spike in overall hate crimes in 2017, according to the FBI. However, the rise could be attributed to close to 900 more agencies reporting hate crime statistics to the FBI last year.
Philadelphia public media provider WHYY is establishing student media labs in 18 more schools in the city's school district. The partnership between the schools, the broadcaster and other organizations includes media production equipment, resources and training, as well as opportunities for student-journalists in audio and video production and journalism.
A "Hallway of Heroes" project recently brought military veterans, police officers, firefighters and other community members to a school in New York. Students wrote letters to 200 members of the community to ask how they chose their careers and invited them to speak about their jobs at the school.
In a suburban community near Denver, an education company is testing a mobile preschool program to help expand access to early-childhood education for area families. They spent more than $200,000 to turn a bus into a learning space and visit an area where preschool demand outstrips supply.
Shared decision-making -- the deliberate process of school leaders enlisting the input of teachers, parents, community members and others -- has benefits and some challenges, write leadership consultants Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. In this article, they offer ways to implement shared decision-making, including through leadership teams.