School Start Time Debate Should Include Middle Schoolers, Say Researchers

A new paper published in the Journal of School Health by researchers at Child Trends suggests that while districts have largely been pushing back start times in high schools, middle school students could also benefit. Source: Education Dive

Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

Mentors aren’t just friends—they are more than that. They are amazing practitioners who pass on their knowledge through informal conversation and everyday modeling. Source: Edutopia

Florida Educators Officially Say No to Arming Teachers

Broward County Public School leaders voted to reject arming teachers, a decision that comes despite the new state law that would allow gun carrying inside schools for certain teachers and other school employees. Source: CBS Miami

Teacher, Parents Divided on Tech

Teachers and parents are at odds when it comes to how much they think digital devices are affecting children’s mental and physical health, according to new research by Gallup. Source: The Washington Post

A Downside to Four-Day School Weeks?

Districts in at least 21 states have adopted the four-day school week, but a new study points to an unintended but perhaps unsurprising consequence of cutting the school week: a spike in juvenile crime. Source: ChalkBeat

Using Creative Classroom Design

This Long Island district is scrapping traditional rows of desks in favor of more flexible learning spaces. Classroom redesign has fundamentally altered the way educators in the district perform their jobs. Source: The Hechinger Report