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Editor's Note

Helping Students Thrive

It’s no secret that education is a rewarding profession. However, the work of an educator also brings its share of frustrations. Educators have an uncanny ability to turn conundrums into solutions, push forward, and remain calm.

In that spirit, we created the “Educators’ Survival Guide.” Based on the popular book, “The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook,” our version takes an equally whimsical look at how to survive common classroom obstacles like moving from a failed lesson to one that works, or winning the battle against paperwork. 

Survival is also the theme in this installment of our ongoing ZIP code series, which takes an in-depth look at schools and communities across the nation. “In the Danger Zone” examines schools that rose above the destruction of natural disasters. In each, students, educators, and communities supported one another, recovered, and became stronger.

The work of an educator is all about survival—whether it’s an external factor, like a storm, or the day-to-day occurrences that happen every day in schools, hallways, busses, cafeterias, and classrooms. Like Superman, who is “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” educators make leaps every day for students and public education.

Year after year, your grit, spirit, and dedication make a difference. Because you survive, America’s public school students gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to thrive—not just today, but for a lifetime.

--STEVEN GRANT 

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October, 2013