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By Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy (from January 8, 2020)
There is a lot happening right now in education! Since my last set of predictions for 2019, schools have made significant strides in launching initiatives that are strategically focused on student and teacher learning. Schools are seeing themselves more as communities of learning for everyone rather than just a place students go to learn. Figuring out our relationship with colleges and universities, using grades more effectively, leveling up our faculty, and creating immersive learning environments are some of the big ideas we're hearing about consistently from school leaders and educators.
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By Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic (from January 9, 2020)
Lindsey Miller first took note of the boys who refused to wear long pants when she was in grade school. At her elementary school in Maryland, a few particular boys made a habit of wearing shorts to school all winter, even though January temperatures in the mid-Atlantic state routinely drop below freezing. And it was always boys, she told me, never female students—"Girls made fun of them, but other guys cheered them on," she recalled. One kid she knew in third grade, whose name has escaped her memory in the decade-plus since, "wore basically the same pair of shorts all year," Miller, now 20, remembered.
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By Phyllis L. Fagell, ASCD Education Update (January 2020)
My student (let's call him Mark) stood in my doorway looking exasperated. "Nadine shoved me across the hall, so I elbowed her back, but only I got in trouble," he told me. "Teachers let the girls get away with everything." Like many 7th graders, Mark is highly attuned to injustice, sensitive to perceived criticism, and motivated by the desire for approval and respect.
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By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The New York Times
(from January 6, 2020)

Take a moment and fast forward in your mind to a day in the future when your child, now an adult, looks back and talks about whether she felt truly seen and embraced by you. Maybe she's talking to a spouse, a friend or a therapist — someone with whom she can be totally, brutally honest. Perhaps she's saying, "My mom, she wasn't perfect, but I always knew she loved me just as I was." Or, "My dad really got me, and he was always in my corner, even when I did something wrong." Would your child say something like that?
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By Michael B. Horn, ,The Christensen Institute (from October 10, 2019)
Flipping the classroom—in which students independently consume online lessons or lectures and then spend their time in the classroom focused on what we used to call homework—crashed on the scene eight years ago. But if Bob Harris, president of Edudexterity and currently working as the head of human resources for Pittsburgh's school district, is to be believed, it isn't enough.
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By Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times (from January 17, 2020)
SAN FRANCISCO — It has become common wisdom that too much time spent on smartphones and social media is responsible for a recent spike in anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, especially among teenagers.
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By Thomas P. Olverson, RG175 (from January 18, 2020)
A major culprit in the enrollment woes so many independent schools are facing today is the absence of clarity surrounding their identities. To be sure, there are other drivers conspiring to depress enrollment: demographics, charter school competition, and unaffordable tuitions to name a few, and clearly, enrollment challenges may be caused by poor execution in one or more domains.
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US Justice Department, Office of Public Affairs (from December 12, 2019)
The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division today filed a civil lawsuit against the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) alleging that NACAC established and enforced illegal restraints on the ways that colleges compete in the recruiting of students.
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By Matt Schifrin & Carter Coudriet, Forbes (from November 27, 2019)
"Five years was a long time to be at the point of the spear and in crisis mode," says José Bowen, former president of Goucher College, a small liberal arts college founded in 1885 outside Baltimore, with about 1,500 undergraduates. Last October, about a year into his new five-year contract, Bowen told Goucher's Board of Trustees that he was throwing in the towel and leaving to write a book.
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By Grant Lichtman, Independent School (Winter 2019)
What keeps independent school leaders up at night? If you ask any school head or other school administrator this question and attempt to unpack it, what becomes immediately clear is that it is actually much more complex than a singular question.
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