1-30-18 Education in the News

Education Week--What Do Schools Teach About Sexual Harassment?

Twice a month, 8th grade English teacher Stephany Copeland hosts what she calls a “gender assembly” for the 55 girls she teaches at the KIPP Rise Academy in Newark, N.J. They’re usually oriented around things that the girls want to talk about, and given their age, that often means the power dynamics between boys and girls.

“Little things will happen—a boy will take a picture of a girl after school, and she will say, ‘Delete that,’ and he’ll refuse, so we do things like address that,” Copeland said.

One of her most recent sessions focused on the lesson that it’s not OK for boys to grab or touch girls without asking—even if they mean it affectionately, or if they’ve gone out once or twice.

Copeland’s work predates the #MeToo movement, but her focus on relationships and consent, many advocates say, is uncommon: Both topics are frequently missing from whatever health or sex education U.S. students receive.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/01/26/what-do-schools-teach-about-sexual-harassment.html

Stephen Sawchuk| January 26, 2018

 

Education Week--Flu Levels Are Especially High This Year. Here's What Schools Need to Know

The country is on track to have one of its worst flu seasons in years, with high rates of hospitalizations for influenza and doctors reporting higher-than-usual numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms, federal officials said Friday.

That won't be a surprise for many school administrators, who've seen soaring absences as the spread of the virus intensified. Some education leaders have even opted to close entire schools and districts to slow transmission and clean buildings. 

School health advocates have long urged schools to take an active role in preventing and responding to acute illness, like influenza. Here's what schools need to know about combating the flu.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2018/01/flu_levels_are_especially_high_this_year_heres_what_schools_need_to_know.html

Evie Blad on January 26, 2018 3:20 PM