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Seeking Counsel: Safe and Healthy Environments

Federal laws attempt to address student health issues

Michael J. Julka & M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen

Public Advocacy: Social Studies

Social media can be a useful tool, but #becareful

Daniel Kaufman

The explosion of social media over the last decade has fundamentally and permanently changed the way we communicate. Only 15 years ago, Facebook didn’t even exist, and now it boasts 2 billion monthly active users as the most popular social network worldwide, according to the website statista.com. 

Electronic School: Health Tracker

Wearable devices can increase student fitness

Glenn Cook

Schools searching for ways to curb child obesity rates are increasingly turning to wearable devices and software that provide data on student health and fitness. And when the technology is used appropriately, it is working.

President’s Perspective: ‘Taking a knee’ against unconscious bias

I have a Sunday morning ritual that consists of enjoying a great breakfast while watching NBC’s “Meet the Press.” A few weeks ago, during this ritual, I received a phone call from a local newspaper reporter who covers high school sports. I have great respect for Greg. He not only covers the play-by-play action, but also views high school sports as a microcosm of life. As a result, he often covers aspects of students’ lives and the social issues that impact them. 

President’s Perspective: ‘Taking a knee’ against unconscious bias

I have a Sunday morning ritual that consists of enjoying a great breakfast while watching NBC’s “Meet the Press.” A few weeks ago, during this ritual, I received a phone call from a local newspaper reporter who covers high school sports. I have great respect for Greg. He not only covers the play-by-play action, but also views high school sports as a microcosm of life. As a result, he often covers aspects of students’ lives and the social issues that impact them. 

Tom on Point: Not an island

Public schools are where most children learn. They are major employers, they are reference points (“turn left at the middle school”), and they are gathering places. They are a community asset, whose continued success is entrusted to the citizens themselves and led by their representatives on school boards.

From the Editor: Storm front

We are seldom prepared for disasters—even when we know they’re coming. 

A school board member who grew up in San Francisco told me that earthquakes drove him from the area. Earthquakes, he said, happen out of the blue. One minute, everything is fine. Suddenly, solid ground heaves and shifts, toppling buildings and breaking bridges. 

Observation Deck

Critical Care

ESSA monitoring can bring benefits to districts

Maribeth Vander Weele

During a state monitoring visit, Toledo Schools Administrator Scott TenEyck saw a program that transformed a school from chaos to purposeful organization and improved graduation rates. So he spread the word —and the college readiness program expanded to more than 20 buildings.

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