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Character Education: It’s Not Something Added to The Plate. It Is the Plate

13 December 2018

It was my first year teaching,andI was tidying up my classroom. I picked up trash under a desk and threw it away. The next day I noticed moretrash under a desk.Iwatched for several days as the culpritwould place trash under his desk and then leave it.  The next day, when my classroom offender got up […]

The Persistence Movement: Are We Teaching Perfection as The Ultimate Goal?

11 December 2018

Think of the perfect student. Early to school, always respectful, never an issue, and top scores in every class. If you are fortunate to know students like this, they are diamonds in the rough. Despite appearances, these students are far from perfect. Perhaps they are neurotic before each test, they have little to no social […]

The Learning Commons: A 21st Century Research and Technology Center

6 December 2018

I can admit it now; I was probably the wrong man for the job. As building principal, I knew that we needed to redesign and reinvent the space we called our library media center. We had a pretty obvious problem in there—students and teachers were not really using it. This large space situated in the […]

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New Developments in Transgender Access and Student Privacy Issues

January 9, 2019 3:30–4:00 pm ET

When transgender students have requested to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, it has sometimes created controversies in schools. While some school districts have permitted transgender students to use these restrooms without incident, other districts have strongly opposed such policies.  For example, school officials have denied requests by arguing that these policies violate […]

Crowdfunding in K–12 Education

January 23, 2019 3:30–4:00 pm ET

The webinar will cover crowdfunding in K–12 education with an emphasis on the web platform, which has raised over $750 million for public school classrooms. For almost 20 years, has been where educators can safely access materials and resources to support students. School leaders will also hear about case studies from school leader/district […]

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