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Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research

Education Next – Nora Gordon

“Major racial disparities in student discipline rates have been documented for decades. Most recently, the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) documented that black students, who make up 16 percent of enrollment, accounted for 40 percent of suspensions nationally. The Obama Administration made these disparities a major policy priority, expanding the CRDC and releasing policy guidance on discrimination in school discipline. Betsy DeVos told reporters just two months ago that she is “looking closely” at the rules, and advocacy efforts on both sides are heating up.” (more)

Why Your School Should Be Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices

Education World – Jim Paterson

“From severe bullying, emotional abuse, or death of a parent at home to a classmate’s suicide or a school shooting, we now know trauma diminishes the performance and good behavior of students―and limits their health and happiness as adults. It is harder, however, to see how the many proposed approaches to combat it can be implemented consistently during a busy school day, but experts say professional development is a good start.”(more)

Putting Dialogue over Devices Shapes Mind and Character

Education Next – Daniel Scoggin

“How does the current array of technology in schools fit with the ages-old aspiration of forming thoughtful and reflective young men and women who will strive for a greater good beyond themselves? If the first principle of education is to produce such individuals, how does educational technology support or deter from this purpose? How should today’s teachers and education leaders approach the issue of “screen time” in the classroom?.”(more)

Teachers: How to use your voice for a positive school culture

E-School News – Jennifer Abrams

“Moving from the classroom into the role of a teacher leader and a coach was a transition, to say the least. I recognized I was credentialed in teaching students English language arts, but didn’t have a credential in communicating effectively with adults. I took workshops and courses on facilitation and coaching, but the idea of being a professional in a learning community who was an effective group member as well as a leader continues to be something I am growing into everyday.”(more)

Secret Teacher: Fidget cubes need kicking out of class

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“I was relieved to find the bottle-flipping phenomenon had passed when I returned to school in January. Having already endured many teenage fads (I still find the “let’s try to stab in between our fingers with a compass” trend the most traumatising to reminisce about) we were beginning to hope that we could make it to the end of the academic year without another craze. Then came the fidget cube and its malignant spawn: the fidget spinner.”(more)