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Connecting education professionals with industry news, insights, resources and trends.
Use the force(s)

On relationships, the power of influence and using these to benefit your learners and school community.

Ready, Set, CTE

A North Carolina district reinvents career-technical education with a student-centered approach.

Seen, heard and learned at TCEA 2020

From the explosion of esports to overhauling teacher professional development, highlights from this year’s TCEA Convention and Exposition.

Leading early learning, one district at a time

The School Superintendents Association is helping school superintendents focus on the foundational years of education.

3 to grow on

Three nonresolutions to help spark growth this year.

3 ways to encourage reluctant readers

How a fourth-grade teacher is helping her students embrace reading.

Replace timed tests with math fluency

A numeracy coordinator explains how incorporating math talks transformed teachers’ and students’ classroom experience.  

Appealing, accessible options can boost participation in school breakfast
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Eating breakfast in the morning can help students succeed, and offering appealing, convenient food options can encourage participation in school breakfast programs.

Reimagining safe schools

When we hear “safe schools” we think metal detectors, security guards and strict discipline. Why this approach falls short -- and what we can do instead.

Equity, early literacy and at-home learning

Early childhood education can be a great equalizer, but it must begin with children’s first teachers: their parents.

Getting the whole picture

Looking at its students’ academic and nonacademic measures side-by-side is helping one district identify issues impeding progress. Here’s how they’re doing it.

On the pulse of 2020

The trends that shaped education last year and how we envision them evolving in 2020.

Finding my voice

School and community helped one student discover new experiences, expand her world view--and find a voice to make a difference.

FETC 2020: A glimpse at the next decade of edtech

A new decade brought a flurry of ideas and potential for the edtech industry.

Why curriculum mapping matters and how to pull it off

Strategies to get your district on track with curriculum mapping.