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Adopting a School Uniform Policy

As a school administrator, you already know that many schools, both private and public, have adopted uniform programs. If your school is not among them, there are plenty of solid reasons why you should consider mandating a uniform for your school. While the idea may not sound exciting at first, many parents and even students
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Phonics: The Key Ingredients for Success

By Wiley Blevins Active. Engaging. Thought-Provoking. What do these words describe? The type of phonics instruction that maximizes the instructional impact of our teaching and increases student learning. Phonics involves learning the relationship between sounds and letters. Approximately 84, of the words in English, can be sounded out using the basic phonics skills commonly taught
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Essential Questions for Selecting the Right Digital Content Providers

Trying to figure out which digital content providers are right for your school is difficult. Though the digital content market is still in its nascent stages, it is already diverse and complex enough to overwhelm many teachers or school leaders who are trying to decide which products to choose. Faced with the prospect of selecting
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The Advantage of Upgrading to Interactive Whiteboards

Is your whiteboard obsolete?   The whiteboard has been a staple of the academic environment for decades. Its precursor, the venerable chalkboard, has been a fixture in everywhere from K-12 classrooms to university lecture halls for at least two centuries.   Just as the whiteboard’s advantages – ease of manufacture, dust-free use, and lower long-term
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5 Time-Tested Tips for K-12 Design

Rapid technology advancements, sustainable design and new pedagogies incorporating various learning styles have permanently changed the way students learn.   Consequently, school designers are modifying their approaches to incorporate these elements while still meeting fundamental student needs.   I’ve been designing schools for a long time, and I’ve seen trends come and go.   Here
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How Does a Classroom Design Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn?

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of a learning environment.   Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or
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Choosing the Best Sit/Stand Desks

In the last few years, standing desks have gone from being a novelty to a ubiquitous presence in offices worldwide. For adults, standing desks are the fastest-growing wellness benefit offered by employers. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 44% of US employers now provide standing desks as a way to improve workers health
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The Push for Using Tablets in the Classroom

By Julie Wenckowski Deliberation about incorporating tablets into the classroom is prevalent. The drive for this change is much closer than we think. As a parent, teacher or administrator, the benefits are clear. Reasons Why We Need Tablets in the Classroom Schools spend $7 billion on textbooks around the country, and most of the books
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How School Uniforms Enhance the Student Experience

By Kim Rice Private schools continue to maintain their preference for uniforms over individual dress. This may be due to evidence that school uniforms lead to a happier, healthier school environment where learning is students’ main priority. Improved Academic Performance Even the most casual school uniforms tend to look more modest and professional than the
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How to Know When Your Technology Is Outdated

A recent article outlined the importance of making sure that classroom technology continues to get used rather than sit in the corner. Unused education technology, the author stresses, can be chalked up to poor implementation. There is no question that a poorly executed implementation of a new product can lead to technology going unused. But
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