Raising student ‘voice and choice’ is the mantra. But is it a good idea?

Giving students more choice over what they learn and how they demonstrate mastery is a tricky task for educators. Education Week, Nov. 21, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Editorial: Decreased emphasis on standardized testing a positive step

It’s good to be able to monitor progress. To have accountability and a measuring stick. It’s also good when we aren’t restricted or defined by those assessment methods. LancasterOnline, Nov… More

A more complex world for today’s school nurses

In reality, school nurses do a lot more than deal with tummy aches and kids faking headaches to get out of gym class or a math test. It's a complicated, stressful, busy life making sure students — as well as teachers and administrators — are healthy and ready to learn. Reading Eagle, Nov… More

Trump team reverses controversial changes to handling of civil rights probes

The office for civil rights is responsible for enforcing laws such the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, both of which prohibit public entities from discriminating against individuals based on disability… More

What new Title IX guidance on sexual assault and harassment means for K-12 schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a long anticipated rewrite of federal Title IX guidance Friday that allows schools to raise the bar on what evidence is needed to prove claims of sexual assault and harassment. Education Week, Nov. 16, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Commentary: There’s an epidemic spreading: How schools can help students understand the risks of vaping

It is astounding that we are about to repeat history when it comes to youth being addicted to nicotine. Not long ago, the U.S. saw record low numbers of youth smoking traditional cigarettes. With the newest e-cigarette numbers, we are reversing course and creating a generation once again dependent on nicotine. AMLE.org, Nov… More

Women are more likely to work in PA public schools, but less likely to lead them

Statewide, about 73% of classroom teachers in public schools last year were women. But only about 28% of school district superintendent were, according to a PA Post analysis of state data. PA Post, Nov… More

Pennsylvania superintendents: By the numbers

A PA Post analysis of salary records for the leaders of 490 Pennsylvania school districts. PA Post, Nov… More

Boyertown students ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal of transgender bathroom challenge

Students who lost their appeal in a challenge of Boyertown Area High School’s policy that allows transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case. Allentown Morning Call, Nov… More

Teacher evaluations have dramatically changed the principal’s job

The pitched battles that once waged over more-rigorous teacher evaluations have long since quieted, but there's a lasting legacy of those systems: They have fundamentally changed the principal's job. Education Week, Nov. 16, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More