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Trade-Offs Matter When Looking Abroad for Higher Education Solutions Until about a decade ago, American policy makers rarely looked abroad for policy solutions in higher education. After all, the United States was the country that invented mass higher education and perfected the research university: what could it learn from anyone else?
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Teaching Purpose for Resilience and Flourishing Adversity and trauma are all too common experiences for children and adolescents. Among the many challenges they pose, these experiences can be detrimental to school engagement and academic performance. According to one report, 48 percent of children and adolescents in the US have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) and 22.6 percent have experienced more than one. These experiences, which include parental divorce, witnessing domestic violence, abuse, and poverty, among others, are associated with impediments to school success, such as absence, disengagement from school, learning disabilities, and repeating a grade.
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Is It Possible for Authentic Youth-Adult Partnerships to Occur in Schools? It’s odd that the simple act of giving adolescents a voice in decisions about their own lives might be considered revolutionary; and yet, there is something revolutionary about the efforts to center students’ perceptions and needs in school-based decision making. Given the context of schooling today, we are sometimes left wondering: Is it possible for authentic youth-adult partnerships to exist in schools?
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Students’ Safety as a Top Priority? Safety is necessary for effective schooling. This is a sobering reminder worthy of earnest consideration, especially as children prepare to return to school for the start of another academic year.
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Transformative Justice Teacher Preparation To cultivate and sustain effective, respectful relationships with their students and colleagues and surmount the many learning objectives they’re expected to meet each semester, scores of educators are realizing they need both an actionable justice-focused framework and a community of like-minded, equity-oriented educators.
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Improving Preschool Instruction Rests on Improving Teacher Education To obtain the knowledge and skill required for delivering high-quality instruction, preK teachers need both better initial training and more ongoing support in the classroom (Allyn & Kelly, 2015).  
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Moving Beyond Conversations: Why School Equity Focus Must Begin with Systems and Leadership Imagine for a moment that components of education were parts of a car.
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LGBTQ Sexuality and Gender Beyond Bullying As lead researchers on The Beyond Bullying Project, we went with teams of graduate student researchers into US high schools to collect stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer sexuality and gender. We knew that most often schools frame queer or trans experience or identities through concerns about bullying and violence. We also suspected that, perhaps unwittingly, this framing turns being queer or trans into a problem that the school must address. The Beyond Bullying team wondered, What could LGBTQ sexuality and gender mean beyond the focus on bullying? We wanted to know what other stories circulated through the school.
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Is the Sponsorship of Tackle Football Programs by Schools Ethically Responsible? I began playing football when I was ten years old. It was 1965 and that’s what the boys I knew did after school in the fall. Our apartment building stood in a clearing in the woods on the marshy fringe of New Orleans, so we played in the parking lot of our building and later in the grassy median of the divided road. For a few years I played barefoot for better traction, and the soles of my feet were so deeply calloused that cuts from the broken glass in our improvised field rarely drew blood. I loved the game and didn’t stop playing until a pair of shoulder dislocations landed my throwing arm in a sling for three months during my junior year of high school.
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Demoralization Can’t Be Fixed Solely with Restorative Practices As the school year winds down, many teachers are making plans to recover from a demanding year so they can prepare to meet the inevitable challenges of the next. These restorative self-care practices are essential for teachers who spend the bulk of their days caring for others and juggling competing needs. This recharge is key to avoiding burnout.
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