From the Publisher

“The nation that has the schools has the future.”

—Bismarck

That’s a fine quote, and more relevant now that it was in Bismark’s day. I might add that the nation that has the teachers has the future. The skills needed to teach in America’s largest and most advanced urban schools are the same as those needed to teach in the smallest schools in rural America.

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The Next Big Threat to Education: Ransomware

Imagine you arrive at your school one day to find all of your computers padlocked, and a man in a mask is demanding $5,000 per computer to unlock them. If you don’t pay up, you’ll lose access to all of the data on each of those computers -- forever. For Horry County Schools, the third largest school district in South Carolina, this nightmare became its reality. Horry County Schools is one of the most recent victims of crypto-ransomware, a type ofmalware that encrypts – scrambles -- files and holds them for ransom.

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From the Editor

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this issue of SEEN Magazine, we explore the concept of The Perfect School. Through facility design, through technology, through furnishing, through classroom design, through security, through culture and through family. The perfect school can only be attained as the perfection of the whole.

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How to make your school a great place to work and learn

Do your students want to come to school every day?

Are your staff members counting the days to Friday?

What is the sense that people feel when they walk into your building?

It is not where you begin...

Every day I am reminded that it is truly a blessing to work at West Port High School. When people come to our school they tell me there is a feeling of promise and excitement. There is a sense of purpose and the students are focused and happy to be a part of our learning community. There is a structure, but within that structure we have creativity and originality that sets our school apart from other schools. Students are friendly and polite, the adults genuinely happy to be here. It is good to be a part of West Port High School today.

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Letter to Leaders

As a leader you may be asking yourself - “I signed up for this?”  The answer is yes and many are glad you did.  As a superintendent or building principal you have the talent, desire and disposition to lead others.  You accepted this challenge and responsibility as a servant leader and your task will not be for the faint of heart.  You will need conviction, courage and most importantly commitment to yourself and others to be successful. So what does it mean to be a leader and more importantly, what do effective leaders do differently? John Buchan states, "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already."  If transformational- truly effective leadership - is to occur it is through developing the leadership in you and of those around you.  

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The Perfect Family

If we’re talking about Perfect Schools in this edition of SEEN, then let’s talk about the Perfect Family. You know the one I’d describe. It’s the family with 2.5 children. The kids are all top students and well-behaved in every event and activity. They always get the perfect attendance awards. The mom and dad have been married for a number of years, and it’s the only marriage for both of them. He’s a businessman yet he still has lots of time for his kids. She’s a stay home mom who volunteers for various activities yet is always supportive about what she’s engaged with.

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School Safety Matters

4th Down and a Few Months to Go

In the first in a series of articles in collaboration with SEEN Magazine, we want to welcome readers to the online column, School Safety Matters.  We believe there are a number of school safety strategies that require little monetary commitment and, when implemented, can pay big dividends.  We refer to these strategies as “Best Practices”, and you will find this philosphy is the perspective from which many our articles originate. Our ideas and tips presented over the next year and beyond will hopefully help you create a safer learning environment for students, staff and those patrons traversing your campuses on a daily basis.   You should always feel free to contact us with questions and needs by using the information provided at the end of each article. 

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The Form of a Liberal Education

What does it mean to be engaged in a liberal arts education? I’ve been pondering this question much lately, primarily driven to ask by the sound bites that invade my daily life. On the one hand I hear the politicians in an election year talk about the need for jobs and more jobs in the modern day economy. Some governors even threaten to subtract tax-base subsidies directed to majors in the humanities. Those words trickle down to my own state of Arkansas where education generally is scant and poverty is obvious and the driving mantra is to get more skilled workers in our factories. Not long ago at a meeting in our state capitol I heard a story of the philosophy major turned to welding because Plato and Socrates just didn’t pay. The narrative was told with a pejorative tone and I reacted to this if only because I wondered whether it wasn’t such a good thing that someone with an arc weld and a face shield might have knowledge of aesthetics and the good life.

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Coding the Curriculum

Like millions of other Americans, in January I tuned in to President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address.
Here’s what struck me: the President said that he didn’t simply want to talk about his last year in office. Instead, he wanted to talk about “the next five years, the next ten years, and beyond.” The topic he wanted to bring up was so important, in fact, that it represented nothing less than “our future.” 

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K-12 Schools Need a Makeover

K-12 schools need a makeover. There’s no denying it. Ask almost any teacher and they will tell you that teachers are in the nation’s most over-tested, over-regulated, over- inspected, over-politicized profession. Everybody on earth seems to think that since they once went to school, they know everything they need to know about how schools should be run. Sorry, but in all honesty, I’m afraid that’s a lot like saying that since you’ve flown on an airplane, you know how to pilot it.

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Designing the Perfect School

Children are impressionable and the experiences they have while in school will have a profound impact on their lives. Compelling school design can inspire children and their awareness of the built environment. Simply put, the perfect school will inspire, transform and bring added value to the educational systems and communities in which they operate.

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FURNISHING THE PERFECT SCHOOL DESIGN FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Photos Courtesy Of Steelcase Education

Personal computers begat school computer labs. Online educational videos led to blended learning and flipped classrooms. And the start-up Maker Movement is driving the development of DIY “makerspaces” in schools and libraries, where people gather to create, network and learn.

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SAFETY, SECURITY, & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - THE PERFECT SCHOOL?

In the past, schools were responsible for educating students; today, they are also responsible for physically protecting students. People have traditionally worked hard to send their children to the BEST school but no one has ever really thought about sending their children to the SAFEST school. When faced with natural disasters, health-related pandemics, random shootings and a wide range of other risks, it is critical that more time and attention be spent considering better policies and procedures for safety, security and emergency preparedness. Across the country, educational institutions from local school boards to major universities are wrestling with how to develop stronger and more resilient organizations. As emergency programs are initiated and enhanced, each organization moves closer to the ideal of The Perfect School.

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Get more from your professional development

As we expect our schools to meet ever-increasing and ever-changing standards, we expect more of teachers. As that happens, we expect more from PD. It’s not too long after taking a hard look at existing PD programs that districts and education experts realize this essential truth – we’re not going to get more from our schools and teachers without squeezing more from PD.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE PERFECT SCHOOL

The Perfect School

We must start with the “perfect school.” Until we come to an agreement on what students should learn and how they will best learn, we can’t choose the technology that allows us to meet our goals. We must continue to discuss this at the national and state levels, but it must also be discussed at the local level where the decision to buy technology is being made. For decades we have been assuming, at least by our practice, that our methods of teaching and the format of school was already set, so we have been looking for ways technology would improve it or make it more efficient. We have been assuming that if we get just the right technology we will have more success. We have been working on the assumption that if we keep doing what we have always done, but with a different tool, then we could expect a different result.

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What to Look for in a Candidate: Proven Predictors of a Teacher’s Ability to Improve Student Achievement

One of the most important jobs of school and district leadership is to identify and hire the right teachers, the teachers that will give students the best opportunity to succeed. Currently, school district hiring managers sift through hundreds of resumes for various teaching positions and face the daunting task of hiring the “best” teacher candidates for each position. Too often, school HR departments rely on informal processes and subjective, personal preferences in the teacher screening process to determine which candidates advance in the hiring process. As a result, it’s important to understand the qualities that are objectively proven to impact a teacher’s performance in the classroom so that we can focus on these qualities during the hiring process to ensure the most effective teachers are in front of our students. 
We will examine the teaching skills that research shows are highly correlated with the impact a teacher candidate will have on student achievement and how a hiring manager can utilize these factors in the interviewing process. Teaching skills can be broken down into four main buckets: planning for successful outcomes, creating a learning environment, instruction and analyzing and adjusting. 

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DESIGNING MODERN CLASSROOMS STEP 2: THE MODERN CLASSROOM AS IT INFLUENCES LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR

This is part two of a two part series.

In part one of this two part series, we looked at steps to transform a traditional classroom into an engaging learning environment. There were some key takeaways from that first article which will be the backbone of this section’s focus: While it’s clear that some things/people may never change, there are those who have the ability to influence many of the barriers to the effective use of classrooms and technology as learning tools. First is including those who have passion for modern learning to have a voice in the learning space design.

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FATAL FLAWS IN YOUR ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE

The deadliest phase of an active shooter is over in the first four to eight minutes, statistically before the police can arrive and deploy. This means your teachers, employees and staff are the first responders. You’re on your own. An active shooter incident will unfold at lightning speed in terrifying conditions. As every veteran will tell you, you respond the way you’ve been trained. Untrained, you and your people will freeze or panic. Every active shooter response I review is fatally flawed because each one misses essential procedures and training for those first four to eight minutes, and beyond.


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Hey, Where’s Our Stuff? The Importance of Managing K-12 District Resources

The topic of resource management always grabs the attention of K-12 superintendents and administrators, simply because they know they need to optimize the limited resources they have if they’re going to maximize educational success. Striving to be more effective and more efficient at what we do is only natural, and the purpose of a resource management solution is to make managing resources easier. Read More »

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BACKGROUND CHECKS AND WHY THEY MATTER

So, what is a background check? There are many kinds of background checks carried out for various reasons. The specific type discussed in this article is an employment background check — employment can be paid or volunteer — and is the compiling of public records associated with a person’s criminal or civil history.

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WIRELESS TOOLS HELP PRESERVE FACILITY SECURITY

Wireless is quickly becoming the standard in the security marketplace. Installed in residential homes, commercial buildings, banks, historical sites, hospitals and educational campuses of all sizes, wireless security systems allow all the capabilities of their wired counterparts, but also provide advantages that wired systems couldn’t.

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USING DATA TO VISUALIZE YOUR STUDENT ROADMAP CONSOLIDATE, ANALYZE, PLAN

Educators nationwide are aware of the multitude of options when it comes to school data management systems. As the founder of an Edtech software company that builds student data management systems and online gradebooks, I’ve learned over the years that development of these systems must be predictive of, and adaptable to, a school or district’s needs.

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DON’T LET YOUR NEW TECHNOLOGY HEAD TO THE SHELF

“We’ve had this program for three or four years, but we’ve really never used it,” Zach Larimore, the high school principal told me. I sat in his office listening to a new version of the same story I’d heard dozens of times before. “Back then someone came and taught us how to use it and we were all excited about launching it. Then school started and somehow we just never got it going. This year we want to use it.” As a technology implementation consultant, I had taken on the responsibility for seeing that the program finally did get successfully launched in Zach’s high school.

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A Cost-Effective Safety Solution: Pepper Gel Can Provide Peace of Mind for Students, Parents and Faculty

As the #1 pepper spray brand trusted by police and consumers worldwide, SABRE Security Equipment Corporation knows about keeping people safe, and taking down attackers. With free safety resources as well as products twice as potent as the average pepper spray, SABRE is proud to offer the very best – and has been for 40 years.

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HOW TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS

In their report “Teacher Professional Development in the Use of Technology,” authors Sam Carlson and Dr. Cheick Tidiane Gadio said, “Experience around the world in developing, industrialized and information-based countries has shown that teacher training in the use and application of technology is the key determining factor for improved student performance — in terms of both knowledge and skills development enabled by technology.” This is a profound statement about the importance of technology in our education system.

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HIGH SCHOOL & UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCES CRUCIAL COMPONENTS OF STEM STUDENT PATHWAYS

Internships, research experiences and science exposure programs are pivotal to student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Many high school students first affirm their career interests in STEM and many college students discover their passion for research, hone their disciplinary interests, and identify their future graduate program advisor through participation in a research experience.

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SERIOUS GAMES MAKE STEM FUN

Pencils scratch on yet another worksheet as some students gaze with boredom out the window. Steps of the cell cycle are jotted down and diagrams are sketched, all to be memorized for the test next week and then to be quickly forgotten. Does this sound like a science classroom that you know? Maybe one that you took in high school or even one down the hall from you? 

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NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR 2025 TRANSFORMING THE STRUCTURES SUPPORTING LEARNING

(This is part three of a three part series.)

Imagine that it is the year 2025. The setting is a disrupted suburb in which poverty is on the rise. Many families have left, tax revenues have declined, retailers have closed, and jobs in the immediate neighborhood have become scarce. In response, local school districts and industries from the broader region have partnered with social services, mental health, and juvenile justice agencies to create a regional consortium focused on helping students develop academically and manage the challenges in their lives while also preparing for possible careers.

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CAREER PATHWAYS: STRONG POLICIES AND POWERFUL PRACTICES TO SUPPORT CAREER PATHWAYS (PART 2 OF 2)

In my first article for SEEN Magazine, “Career Pathways: Bridging the Opportunity Gap,” I described the bold challenge issued to states by the Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education.

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DISTRICT CONDITIONS FOR SCALING PERSONALIZED LEARNING

In Iowa, one school district has created strong external partnerships to offer internships, wrap-around services and other out-of-school learning opportunities that align with economic and social needs of the community. At a school district in Colorado, the superintendent is focused on tailoring learning for students by creating multiple pathways to better support learning. In Indiana, a school district used an old auto parts warehouse to build a school with flexible, glass classrooms to allow for multi-purpose use and greater transparency.

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THE CONTINUOUS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT FRAMEWORK

If schools are perfectly designed to get the results they are getting now, it is important that they determine what processes are producing their current results. Then, they must determine which processes are working and which must be changed, improved, or perhaps eliminated to get better results.  

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THE FALLACY OF THE CAREER PATHWAY

Imagine being handed a plan, a prescription of steps to take if you will, at the age of 16 or 17 that will get you to age 30, or 45, or 65. It’s laughable, and kind of depressing to think of it that way. I’ll take the surprises, hardships and losses that set me up for the unexpected turning points of my life, thank you very much.

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Systems Thinking Helps Learners Succeed in Today’s Interconnected World

Our more complex, interconnected world demands a new way of thinking. The ability to understand and manage complex systems is an essential skill for today’s learners. This type of thinking, known as Systems Thinking, gives students the ability to succeed and thrive in a world that is very different than the one in which their parents were born. Today’s learners will join a world of innovation and collaboration, a world in which many of their careers have not even been imagined. Knowledge of content and skills will be less important than the ability to understand and anticipate the cause and effect of interconnected systems – to anticipate outcomes based on a holistic understanding of these interconnected systems.

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MicroSociety is Creating Responsible Global Citizens

Today’s learners need an understanding of our global society, and their place in it.

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Real Change for Today’s Learners

There are many theories on how to improve our education outcomes: increase in-school hours, smaller school/class size, different teachers’ compensation models, introduce technology, and so on.

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COGNITIVE POWERED INSTRUCTION FOR ALL INNOVATIVE, REFLECTIVE, AND PRACTICAL EDUCATORS

Learnerati is a research driven educational practices company dedicated to creating more effective learning experiences for all students. Learnerati helps educators restructure their approach to not only instruction but educational management.

 

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Managing the Safety of your Students and the Security of the Campus Environment

One of the major areas of concentration across the country today is the safety and security of your students and the schools campus environment. The management of student movement, campus activities, facility visitors and proper planning in case of emergencies is essential to any school’s safety protocol.

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Building a Bridge to Better Behavior

Bridg-it is designed to work with all the stakeholders in a school community to help ensure a safe positive learning environment. It is a sustainable solution to bullying using technology and data science to prevent and resolve incidents of bullying, cyberbullying and harassment. Today, student tragedies take many forms. In order of frequency these student tragedies are made up of the following behaviors:

 

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THE ROLE OF LOCAL INVESTIGATIONS IN DRIVING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

While it’s rare these days to hear good news about the state of public education, it continues to serve an essential role in communities and nations. As an institution, public education is often taken for granted or, worse, viewed as a failure despite a common understanding that an educated public improves the quality and health of a society. Increasing demands on teachers’ schedules, diminishing access to teaching resources, low compensation and - especially in countries overcome by the pressures of standardized testing - changing expectations of how proficiency is demonstrated by students can all distract from the role educators play in a functioning democratic society.

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USING OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

The Importance of Curriculum

Excellent curriculum is necessary for an excellent education. A 2012 report from the non-partisan Brookings Institution concluded that curriculum is about as important as teacher quality in driving student learning.  For educators this is obvious: the right instructional materials make teaching more effective and more enjoyable. 

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HOPE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in American schools is rising faster than that of any other student population. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 2015 report, ELLs in U.S. schools increased from 3.7 million in 2000-01 to 4.4 million in 20012-13, up from eight percent to 10 percent of all students. In California, the state with the greatest increase, 23 percent of enrolled students in 2012-13 were ELLs, and 43 percent of students speak a language other than English in their homes.

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DIVERGENT LEARNERS WHO THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY COME FROM

(This is part three of a three part series.)

They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are in grades PreK – College

They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are Male or Female

They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are Asian, Black, Hispanic, White

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ROTTEN TO THE CORE WHY MATH INSTRUCTION IN AMERICA IS FAILING OUR STUDENTS

The ages will vary by at least one year, and the group will include both boys and girls. We will take this incredibly diverse group of children, put a large number of them in a classroom with one teacher, and require that teacher to deliver standardized one-size-fits-all instruction to all her students.

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THE ASSESSMENT CULTURE

American higher education’s value proposition is being challenged. In effect, parents, students, employers, accreditors, and Congress are asking us if we are producing value for our graduates.  They are not asking the questions we like to answer about the size of our endowments, the winning records of our football teams, or even the campus spirit of our alums. They are asking a cold-blooded business question: what do you produce and is it worth the cost?

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STACKABLE & MICRO-CREDENTIALS LEADING TOWARDS A DEGREE, YOUR CAREER!

One benefit of a U.S. based higher education degree, especially an undergraduate degree, is that a hiring manager knows a graduating student received a well-rounded education and likely achieved a level of mastery required to pass courses on topics as diverse as public speaking, English/writing, social science, physical sciences, mathematics, government, geography, history and often many more. This is in addition to the level of mastery the student achieved in their major program of study actual degree program, which hopefully aligns closely with his or her eventual employment role. Companies want well-rounded candidates with “in demand” skills and the ability to learn and successfully adapt to the existing and changing landscape of organizational structure.

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ENGINEERING A SAFE & SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Thomas Edison said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” With encouragement and support, students are willing to take healthy risks. They are eager to try and learn. As educators, we can provide such an environment for our students first and foremost by setting high expectations for ourselves and for our students. We must have a clear design for a healthy school climate, which begins with serving as positive role models and promoting meaningful participation in the classroom.

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A DIFFERENT APPROACH Could Bullying Be Stopped by Socializing Children to Think Differently About Their Interactions with Others?

Preparing children to make their own way in the world is one of the most important tasks we take on as parents and educators. We teach children to treat others as they want to be treated themselves, and to strive for positive, productive interactions with the people around them. At the same time, we strike a balance by making children aware of an unfortunate reality — that they sometimes will encounter people with bad intentions. We teach them how to recognize and deal appropriately with such situations, whether by asking for help or acting themselves.

Results of a study from a project under Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy show the importance of this balancing act, and the dangers of tipping the scale too far toward teaching children the “reality” of people with bad intentions.

 

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CHARACTERISTICS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE

An interdisciplinary practice model in education is an integrated approach to education involving continuous collaboration among students, their family members and the professionals responsible for delivering services to a student and his or her family. When implemented as intended, interdisciplinary treatment offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to addressing a student’s needs in a highly efficient manner, as solutions and interventions are implemented to address multiple presenting needs simultaneously.

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FOOD & NUTRITION A LOOK AT TRENDS IN THE SCHOOL FOOD ENVIRONMENT

Food. It fuels our bodies – and our minds. It’s critical for healthy growth and development. It connects us – people, cultures, families, students. Today we have more choices, more access and more customization in our food supply than ever before. But food is also complex. Over-consumption or an unbalanced mix of nutrients can have long-lasting health implications. Malnutrition can lead to poor academic performance as well as physical implications. And special dietary considerations have changed the way we look at school lunches and snacks – whether they are coming from home or from the cafeteria.

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IS ‘TRAVEL’ BALL GOOD FOR SPORTS AND OUR CHILDREN?

One of the big topics being discussed today in the world of sports is the true value of ‘travel’ ball for young athletes – both male and female. On the surface, ‘travel’ ball makes all the sense in the world as it gives up-and-coming youngsters more coaching, more training, more practice, and more competitive opportunities in their sport of choice which can only improve their overall skill set....and their chances of playing ball at the collegiate level, with the possibility of a scholarship, thereby making the total collegiate experience possible and affordable. On the other hand, as the old saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad thing -- simply because it’s not good for the human body to continue to do the same thing and make the same repetitive motion time and time and time again.

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TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION

Laptops on the desks of each high school student; Wi-Fi access in every school and iPads for all kindergarteners: the inevitable march of progress? As a counselor specializing in the prevention and treatment of Internet addiction I hope to start a national dialogue about technology use in both home and academic settings.

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LEMURS ARE LEAPIN’ IN MADAGASCAR JOURNEY

It’s the final year to bring your students on a journey to the island of Madagascar, right here in South Carolina. On exhibit now through summer 2016, Madagascar Journey showcases four unique habitats found on the island of Madagascar: the Spiny Forest, the Tsingy, the Rainforest and the Mangroves.

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CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Recently named the “Best Museum in Atlanta” by USA Today’s 10Best.com, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened in 2014, is a unique cultural experience in downtown Atlanta.

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BE MODERN. LEARN OUTSIDE THE LINES.

Beginning Spring 2016, the Mississippi Museum of Art showcases an incredible collection of work by some of the 20th century’s most legendary artists. “When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection,” on view April 9- Oct. 30, 2016, illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the century and explores the contextual intersections between these iconic artworks and the larger historical shifts that made them possible.

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TROY UNIVERSITY’S ROSA PARKS MUSEUM PRESERVES PARK’S LASTING LEGACY

On Dec. 1, 1955, the act of one courageous woman sparked a movement that brought change not only to the city of Montgomery, Alabama, but also throughout the United States.

Rosa Parks, often referred to as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, refused to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white male.

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THE GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, opened its doors to the public on May 1, 2013. Since then, nearly one million visitors have toured the museum exhibits, including tens of thousands of students, and many have started using the vast archival and educational resources of the library as well.

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NORFOLK THE HEART OF THE VIRGINIA WATERFRONT

Located conveniently along the Mid-Atlantic coast, Norfolk, Virginia is the ideal destination for action-packed and affordable educational tours. With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions, this riverside city offers exciting choices for new learning.

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MAKE EDUCATION FUN AT BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG AND WATER COUNTRY USA

The beautiful charm of Europe meets an unparalleled mixture of thrill rides and adventure at Busch Gardens Williamsburg®. The Virginia theme park has something for everyone with world-class roller coasters, captivating shows and exciting animal encounters. The park’s collection of educational programs is designed to help educators turn the world’s most beautiful theme park into a classroom of wild and thrilling proportions. Students can soar like eagles and roam like wolves while they experience what they’ve only ever read about in textbooks. With something amazing around every corner, classes will come together like never before. The best part: Busch Gardens is designed to fit within the school day.

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STEM EDUCATION AT A LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK

Drive West Up the James River -- Next Stop: the 17th Century

The Virginia Indian Community of Arrohateck & the English Citie of Henricus

Henricus Historical Park is located on Virginia’s historic James River about 80 miles west of Jamestown (America’s first successful colony) and 20 miles southeast of Richmond.

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NEWSEUM IS THE MUST SEE ATTRACTION IN D.C.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue – America’s Main Street – the Newseum makes history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives. Seven floors of theaters and exhibits let students experience the biggest news stories of all time and the power of the First Amendment in an engaging, hands-on way.

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SLITHER INTO WILD FLORIDA FOR A SWAMP-TASTIC ACADEMIC ADVENTURE!

When teachers incorporate hands-on activities into their curriculum, students can easily immerse themselves into the learning environment. As their classrooms turn into a swamp for the day, students embark on an educational journey to learn about animals and their habitats at Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park!

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TENZI - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GAME.

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Our Goal: to reinvigorate the spirit of American education.  The Southeast Education Network, through SEEN Magazine and www.SEENmagazine.us, presents resources, ideas and techniques to help educators become more effective while growing personally and professionally. SEEN Magazine is dedicated to educators, school administrators, and the education community.