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Fall 2016

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It Really Does Take a Village
Community schools and local partners help students bridge the gap between school and home.

Time for Recess
From Florida to Washington state—and places between—parents and educators work together to bring recess back.

Stress Test
Afraid they don’t measure up academically, today’s high school students are more stressed than ever, and schools are seeking solutions.

Goodbye ‘Core Subjects,’ Hello, ‘Well-Rounded Education’
Why the new Every Student Succeeds Act contains tremendous potential.

What’s on Your Tray?
National School Lunch Week celebrates the National School Lunch Program. Inside, we offer a look at how the mid-day school meal has evolved.

One at a Time
When school custodians mentor, the benefits are experienced by all.

School Takeovers
They open the door to charter school expansion.

Education Support Professionals

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
Learn how social media keeps ESPs up to date, connected, and involved. Meet Rev. Kenneth Dukes, who serves his Alabama community from the pulpit and as a school bus driver, and read NEA board member Sequanna Taylor’s (left) thoughts about becoming an elected leader.

First and Foremost
New study shows teaching experience does matter; no-zero grading policy gathers steam in Virginia; and a Columbia University professor explains why teachers in urban schools should drop the “savior complex.”

Teaching and Learning
A veteran teacher explains how to do a reset when things go wrong; tips for assimilating a student teacher; Newbery winner Kwame Alexander talks about diverse books; plus, teacher-to-teacher tips.

Issues and Impact
New calls for accountability may stunt growth of charter schools, and a look at how Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan would affect students and working families.

People and Places
Michigan educators turn their travels into a book for kids; teacher’s kidney donation gives the term “generosity” new meaning;  paraeducator’s book aims to boost girls’ self esteem.

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