Why School Board Diversity Matters


Most school boards don’t look like the students they serve, but new research suggests that must change.

The racial and ethnic makeup of school boards rarely matches that of the students in the schools they are responsible for. Yet a growing body of research suggests having more diverse school boards can make concrete differences in how schools operate.

Some studies suggest, in fact, that having just one minority member on a board increases a school district’s financial investment in high-minority schools, and even some measures of student achievement and student climate.

But at a time when the student population

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Free & Fun Resources to Bust Vaping Myths

Do you know how to talk to your students about the dangers of e-cigarettes?

If this is a challenging topic for you to discuss with students, the CVS Health Foundation, CATCH Global Foundation, and Discovery Education can help with resources available through the Be Vape Free initiative.

With Be Vape Free, educators are empowered to help students to see through common misconceptions about vaping to make healthier, more informed decisions through a suite of standards-aligned content, all available at no cost. Designed for wherever learning takes place, Be Vape Free offers engaging content for grades 5–12 on the risks

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This Week at DE: Week of November 15

Good evening! My name is Michael Capps and I’m an Instructional Content Manager at Discovery Education. Part of my role includes supporting SOS Instructional Strategies for educators and students and shared community stories with content created in Studio.

Let’s dive in to what’s happening at Discovery Education this week! 

The biggest news is that tomorrow marks the first day of our DEN VirtCon! Discovery Education Experience partners can register for this completely free, virtual event to connect with other educators around the world. We’re hosting four days of on-demand professional learning and instructional inspiration, plus live community experiences

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Schools start closing — or delay reopening — as covid-19 cases jump across the country

In other places — including Texas, Utah, Michigan, Georgia and Indiana — some districts are temporarily closing schools that already opened, often because of pandemic-caused staffing shortages. In Georgia’s Walker County, for example, all schools are closing at least through Thanksgiving because more than 100 students and teachers tested positive for the coronavirus. Scores of schools are closing in Utah because of exceptionally high community covid-19 rates.

In New York City, the largest school district in the country with 1.1 million students, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned parents on Friday to “get ready” with plans for their children because schools,

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New York City schools could close as early as Monday as covid-19 cases rise

The latest data from New York shows that the rate of positive coronavirus tests is not quite there but is rising. On Thursday, he tweeted that the rate was 2.6 percent and said: “We still have a chance to turn this around. Each and every one of us has a role to play. Let’s get it done.” But by Friday, he said the rate for the city had risen to 2.83 percent, and he issued the warning about schools closing as early as Monday.

Though the infection rate for city schools is less than 1 percent, according to the latest

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Children’s Mental Health Emergencies Skyrocketed After COVID-19 Hit. What Schools Can Do – Inside School Research

 New federal data confirms what teachers and parents have been worrying about for months: The pandemic is taking a striking toll on children’s mental health.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control show the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health crises has increased dramatically for young children and adolescents since the pandemic started.

From this March through October, the share of mental health-related hospital emergency department visits rose 24 percent for children ages 5 to 11 and 31 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 17, when compared to the same period in 2019, the CDC reported

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What Biden’s new education transition team tells us about his agenda — and what it doesn’t

When it comes to policy, such concerns are probably misplaced. This transition team is not charged with writing big policy papers or selecting a new education secretary. The campaign set Biden’s education agenda, and there is a separate, smaller committee working on domestic policy.

The transition team’s charge is largely about reimagining the Education Department, which has been run for nearly four years by Betsy DeVos, whose top priority was pushing alternatives to public school districts and encouraging states to use public money to fund private and religious school education. She also focused on reversing a number of Obama administration

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Celebrating the Winners of the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge 

Join Discovery Education for the first of three-part blog series highlighting the outstanding student creators who earned a winning spot in Teaching with Testimony’s 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Explore the creative ways that this year’s winners harnessed the power of self-expression to recognize and stand against hate, plus learn about the inspirations that motivated each student to speak out. 

Anayla Wilson, 9th Grade
Episcopal High School | Houston, TX 

There is a whole side to history that people never talk about, and that is why I

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No, a state trooper in Arizona did not find 50,000 Trump votes in a dumpster — and other news literacy lessons about the election

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators.

The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades 6 through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Checkology is available free to educators, students, school districts and parents. Since 2016, more than

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