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There’s a new thing growing: Green Schools

Have you been hearing about a “Green School”?  Well, it’s a ‘thing’ and it’s growing quickly.

When teachers and students aren’t calling out sick repeatedly – it equates to a better education for the children.  This is the impetus for the “Green School” idea.

It’s been said that going green with your district’s buildings and lawns provides for a healthier environment.  We all know that healthier environments perpetuate healthier people.  Today, the idea of going green is more than recycling. Continue reading There’s a new thing growing: Green Schools

There’s a new thing growing: Green Schools

Have you been hearing about a “Green School”?  Well, it’s a ‘thing’ and it’s growing quickly.

When teachers and students aren’t calling out sick repeatedly – it equates to a better education for the children.  This is the impetus for the “Green School” idea.

It’s been said that going green with your district’s buildings and lawns provides for a healthier environment.  We all know that healthier environments perpetuate healthier people.  Today, the idea of going green is more than recycling. Continue reading There’s a new thing growing: Green Schools

Millions of Students Have No Home Internet Access

Not every family or student has access to the internet at home.

Are students and parents at a disadvantage due to communication barriers?

Let’s take a look: In 2015, the Pew Research Center analyzed data from studies on internet access and found that the problem is mainly in low-income families.  Among households with an annual income under $50,000, 31.4% don’t have broadband internet access. For households with an annual income of over $50,000, the number is much smaller—only 8.4% lack access to broadband internet.  In addition to lower-income families, it has been found that minority students are also at an internet ‘disadvantage’. Continue reading Millions of Students Have No Home Internet Access

The U.S. Department of Education is using Cloud Computing Software

What has motivated the US Department of Education (DoE),  to use cloud computing software?

The DoE has begun storing confidential and sensitive education documents via the “cloud” for several reasons.  There is mounting pressure to keep private student data private.  Financially, it also makes sense. While cloud-based services are not required of each institution within each state, any district implementing such a system would save time, money and other resources.  Since truly personal information is housed at the institutional level, secure cloud computing services would guarantee the safety of that information, as well as its accuracy for future funding plans. Continue reading The U.S. Department of Education is using Cloud Computing Software

4-Day School Week: Weighing in the Pros and Cons

The concept of the 4-day school week is in play around the country.  Some school districts have made the change while some are in trial runs.  It sounds like a great idea.  But is it?

25% of US School Districts have in some way have switched to a shorter ‘work‘ week.  This could be a no brainer method to save money on building utilities, transportation costs and more.  As the saying goes, all clouds have a silver lining.  But does this silver lining have a cloud?

Let’s start with the Pros

  • Shorter week means more rest for students and staff
  • More restful students, teachers, and other staff means less stress = more productivity
  • Less need for transportation (less expense)
  • Decreases food costs
  • More time for students to study
  • The 5th day can be an option for teachers to take a class or schedule parent/teacher conferences

Continue reading 4-Day School Week: Weighing in the Pros and Cons

Classroom Size Reduction (CSR): Do smaller classrooms correlate to higher achievement?

Do classroom size reduction, (CSR) programs help students?

This topic has been highly analyzed and debated for decades; do smaller classrooms correlate to higher achievement? In reference to Schanzenbach, D. W. (2014), “Does Class Size Matter?”, it’s been stated that size DOES matter, especially with mid to lower-income students.  CSR has been associated with lowering the achievement gap in students.  It’s also been instrumental in recruiting efforts.  Teachers with a well-prepared plan will see better results in CSR. Continue reading Classroom Size Reduction (CSR): Do smaller classrooms correlate to higher achievement?

Cyber and Physical Security in Schools – What should you be thinking about?

The topic of school security is growing more visible nationwide and the pressure is mounting to implement viable solutions to cyber and physical threats.

If there’s room in the budget for a security solution, should you spread the funds between physical security options and cyber-security prevention?  Both areas are of massive importance.  No matter what or when you implement a security measure, in order for it to be effective and successful, there should be a process in place for thorough training to everyone involved.  The need to adhere to safety procedures is instrumental in avoiding a dangerous infringement to your entire districts’ records.  All processes need to be monitored. Continue reading Cyber and Physical Security in Schools – What should you be thinking about?

Student Poverty and Education

According to the National Center for Children Living in Poverty, about 15 million children in the United States today are living in poverty. Many of them are not getting the education that others in thriving cities and states are receiving.

Are poorer students getting less than stellar education?

It has been reported that in lower income neighborhoods, less privileged students receive less education due to being assigned underachieving teachers with lower expectations all around. Oftentimes, lower-income school districts do no receive their fare share and are just struggling to get the basic supplies. Funding to low-income schools has been dwindling since 2010 and more than a few states have cut pre-K educational per student funding in recent years and as a result are seeing lower enrollment numbers. Extremely poor school districts in struggling cities are forced to pull funds from other areas which further worsens the problem.

Another aspect that poorer students are faced with is the lack of funds to put towards field trips and after school or sport activities. Consider how much being exposed to new places and people have taught you things you otherwise would not have seen, touched, observed?

But the economy is improving

As the economy improves, school districts are still feeling tugs at their purse strings. Make no mistake about it, the economy is doing better, so why not put more focus on fixing our impoverished school districts and provide everyone the quality education they deserve?

Child Victim Act – What is this and will it affect my school district?

Child Victim Act, (CVA), was passed on Feb. 14th 2019.  Signed by Gov. Cuomo in NY State, it affects those New York school districts –  could your state follow ‘suit’?

The CVA was signed into law allowing alleged sexual assault victims to bring lawsuits (civil) until they turn 55 years old, previously was age 23.   The CVA provides a 1-year window to bring back old cases can expect to bring about lawsuits that were previously dormant due to the statute of limitations.

A victim, in a civil lawsuit, can claim their employer was negligent by turning a blind eye to the abuser’s actions.  School districts, churches, daycare centers are included in this pool and there is no cap on damages. Continue reading Child Victim Act – What is this and will it affect my school district?

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