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April 2016 Volume 81, No. 8

States, Districts Will Share More Power Under ESSA - Alyson Klein / Education Week

The newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act scales back the federal government’s K-12 footprint for the first time in a quarter century.

Tackling the Teacher Shortage - Deborah Yaffe / District Administration

School leaders turn to new perks and signing bonuses, subsidized housing, and outreach to current college students, among other possible solutions.

How Partnerships Connect Communities and Schools - Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal / American Educator

Community schools work with youth organizations, health clinics, social services agencies, food banks, higher education institutions, businesses, and others to meet the academic and non-academic needs of students and their families.

Dual-Language Learning Programs on the Rise - Margaret Ramirez / The Hechinger Report

In school districts around the nation, dual-language schools and education programs are growing in number to better prepare all their students for their future in a globalized economy.

Connecting with Students and Families Through Home Visits - Nick Faber / American Educator

Parents know things about their children that can improve educators’ effectiveness, but except for one or two parent-teacher conferences each year, parents and teachers often lack opportunities to interact. Home visits can go a long way toward addressing that concern.

Smart Tech Use for Equity - Mica Pollock / Teaching Tolerance

There’s no doubt that various forms of electronic technology play a huge role in education today. But which provide the most benefit for all students? And do some do more harm than good?

Podcasts Expand Classroom Walls - Jeffrey Bradbury / NJEA Review

A New Jersey technology integration coordinator shares his passion—and best practices—for creating and using podcasts with his students.

A Policy Framework for Online Charter Schools - Rosa Pazhouh, Robin Lake, and Larry Miller / Center on Reinventing Public Education

Fully online charter schools represent both important opportunities and challenging problems and thus deserve to receive attention from the research and policy communities.

Top Five School Evacuation Lessons - Joe Pandolfo

Being prepared for an emergency school evacuation is taken seriously by school administrators, teachers, and safety professionals. But too many plans rely on outdated protocols that do not apply lessons learned from other school’s evacuations.

Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions - Russell W. Rumberger / National Education Policy Center

Research suggests that a majority of elementary- and secondary-level students make at least one non-promotional school change over their education careers.