5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills

Mental health support can be a key to preventing on-campus violence, but what can schools do to protect students and staff in an emergency?

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Behind the walls of schools located in urban centers, rural landscapes, and suburbs, US students and teachers have been practicing for the worst situation possible. Since the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, there have been 230 school shootings that have left 138 students, teachers, and staff members dead.Continue reading “5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills”

Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence

The number of shootings that are occurring at schools is rising.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there have been 417 school shootings in the United States between 2010 and 2019. Sadly, when those annual totals are broken down, an upward trend becomes quite clear. The past two years have seen more school shootings than all five years prior.Continue reading “Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence”

5 Signs of Cyberbullying

According to Media Smarts, 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else. With the increased use of collaboration tools and social media, children can be bullied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Continue reading “5 Signs of Cyberbullying”

Using Title IV Funds for Student Safety

Over the past year, 26 states spent a combined $950 million dollars on school safety. The funds were spent on a variety of resources including anonymous tip lines, SROs, web filtering, fencing, and camera systems. As the need for school safety spending grows, district officials are on the search for funding. Title IV of the Every School Succeeds Act is a great source for school safety funding.Continue reading “Using Title IV Funds for Student Safety”

Google Docs: A New Way to be Cyberbullied

Every day, millions of students engage with computers and tablets for learning purposes. Teachers spend hours monitoring the progress of these students, ensuring that they stay on task by using either proximity monitoring or an MDM. To accomplish this, Google products are often favored by schools as they allow easy collaboration and seamless incorporation with most e-learning systems or learning management systems, including its own Google Classroom.Continue reading “Google Docs: A New Way to be Cyberbullied”

Digital Teaching and Learning Trends in Schools

Blended Learning Schools

Technology allows for learning to continue outside of the normal school day in a variety of ways. Students can access content whenever and wherever they want to consume it. These are reasons why so many schools are adopting blended learning classrooms, which free up vital in-class time for teachers to coach individual students one-on-one, rather than relying on explaining broad concepts to all students at once. When selecting a curriculum, schools and districts can benefit from selecting a curriculum that includes access to the content online.Continue reading “Digital Teaching and Learning Trends in Schools”

5 Ways to Work With a Reluctant Teacher Collaborator

The research is very clear on teacher collaboration: it works. A recent study by Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. (2015), surveyed over 9000 teachers on the subject of teacher collaboration. Over 90% of the teachers surveyed indicated that collaboration was beneficial to both teachers and their students.  However, there are teachers at every school that are reluctant to collaborate with their colleagues. Continue reading “5 Ways to Work With a Reluctant Teacher Collaborator”

5 Ways To Work With An Angry Parent

Working with angry parents is a part of the job of all school administrators. There are few things more anxiety producing in the profession than working in your office and hearing “I need to speak to the principal now” being yelled loudly from the lobby of the main office. Many of these intense meetings are unplanned and spontaneous in nature. Principals must be prepared to engage with an angry parent on a moment’s notice in order to defuse and resolve the conflict in the most appropriate manner. If they don’t, that parent is most likely headed to the district office or the media.Continue reading “5 Ways To Work With An Angry Parent”

5 Items on Every Principal’s Summer Checklist

The summer months are a time of reflection and recharging for all educators. Principals are no exception. Most administrators only get a few weeks off in the summer. This time is spent finishing out the academic year and then preparing for the one ahead. There is a lot happening behind the scenes at a school site over the summer.Continue reading “5 Items on Every Principal’s Summer Checklist”

5 Important Reminders for your Principal Interview

Becoming a school site administrator is one of the biggest steps an educator can take in their career. Leaving the classroom for the front office is a big decision. Some teachers wait decades to make the switch, while others do it much earlier in their career. The interview process for a principal position can be intimidating, frustrating, and nerve-racking.Continue reading “5 Important Reminders for your Principal Interview”