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What’s the Value of Graduating High School Versus Earning a GED?

Do Now | August 28, 2015 | 108 Comments

What’s the Value of Graduating High School Versus Earning a GED?

Would you consider earning a high school equivalency certification instead of a high school diploma? What, if anything, does the high school experience offers versus the potential “shortcut” of a GED? How well does high school fit your learning needs?

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

Do Now | August 17, 2015 | 24 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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Students Weigh in on School Safety and Disaster Preparation

Civics in the Community | May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Weigh in on School Safety and Disaster Preparation

School districts around the US have been trying to figure out how to keep children safe. Read whether students feel safe at school and if their schools are prepared for disasters.

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Do You Feel Safe at School?

Do Now: Government and Civics | April 10, 2015 | 162 Comments

Do You Feel Safe at School?

Schools are constantly grappling with how to keep students safe. Do you feel safe at school? How does your school prepare for disasters?

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Hip Hop Education Promotes Equity and Social Justice

Arts | September 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hip Hop Education Promotes Equity and Social Justice

Joe Truss is Assistant Principal of San Francisco’s Academy of Arts and Sciences, a small public high school. He’s known as The School Principal Who Raps, and when we heard about his efforts to engage and inspire students through hip hop, we reached out to find out more.

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Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Civics in the Community | May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Last week, students questioned what is the most effective way teachers should address disobedience in school in our #DoNowDiscipline post. We asked students, Explain what discipline looks like at your school. Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.

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Do Now #63: High School Dropout

Do Now | February 8, 2013 | 89 Comments

Do Now #63: High School Dropout

This week’s Do Now looks at the high school dropout crisis in America. We ask students why do teenagers drop out and whether they know of anyone. This post contains an introduction to the high school dropout issue along with some media from PBS NewsHour.

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