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8-29-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Tuna sandwich would be a ‘badge of shame’ so school’s reconsidering lunch debt policy

A tuna salad sandwich was described as “a badge of shame” by a student Tuesday at a school board meeting in Cherry Hill. That’s because the district is considering enforcing a policy calling for a tuna sandwich, a beverage and a side dish as the only meal served to students with a debt of $10 or more.


Bill Duhart | For NJ.com| Updated Aug 28, 3:05 PM; Posted Aug 28, 1:57 PM



Education Week--The Student Vaping Crisis: How Schools Are Fighting Back

With reports of at least one death linked to vaping and dozens of cases of teens and young adults recently hospitalized, school leaders are starting the new academic year even more anxious about the “epidemic” of e-cigarettes. They are vowing to intensify prevention and treatment.

Many administrators were caught flat-footed as the vaping trend started to take off several years ago—including stealth use of the sleek products in class—and tried to stem the problem with a hodgepodge of approaches, …


Denisa R. Superville and Arianna Prothero| August 27, 2019


Education Dive--Growing number of states passing LGBT-inclusive history curricula

Earlier this month, Illinois became the fifth state to pass a requirement that schools adopt LGBT-inclusive history curriculum by the 8th grade, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and District Administration reports Maryland could be the next to move in this direction with a similar standard under consideration.


Lauren Barack @Llauren| Aug. 28, 2019


Edutopia--Writing as a Tool for Reflection

Teachers can find a path to self-improvement by writing for just 10 minutes about key moments from their day.

Setting aside time for regular writing practice is a way to process the Tilt-a-Whirl that is teaching, writes Justin Minkel, a first- and second-grade teacher in Springdale, Arkansas, in EdWeek. The writing need not be solely for reflection—it’s vital for teachers to express themselves publicly because educators have firsthand knowledge of the classroom that policymakers generally don’t have.

Writing as a reflective practice encourages introspection and contemplation.


Laura Lee| August 28, 2019


Hechinger Report--OPINION: Parents, here’s why your most important partner may be your child’s teacher (and vice versa)

Seven ways that family collaboration can benefit students

As teachers return to the start of school following summer break, I hope they will take some time to reflect on ways to effectively communicate and partner with the families of the students they teach.


Richard Milner| August 29, 2019


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