‘Attendance Playbook’ seeks to reduce chronic absenteeism

Strategies to curb absenteeism ranging from offering positive greetings at classroom doors and having on-campus laundry facilities to implementing early warning systems and addressing housing insecurity are explored in the report Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Student Absenteeism Post-Pandemic, published by FutureEd and Attendance […]

California teachers make more than national average, less than living rate, review finds

California has the third highest average salary for teachers and the fourth highest average starting salary for teachers in the country, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) “The State of Educator Pay in America” 2023 review, published in late April. The average teacher salary […]

California schools see reductions in fights, increasing sense of safety, in pre-pandemic study

Safety measures including school victimization, weapon involvement and school climate were tracked for nearly two decades for a recently released UCLA study. Published in the World Journal of Pediatrics in March, “An eighteen-year longitudinal examination of school victimization and weapon use in California secondary schools,” […]

School Boards in Action: 5 Questions with Linda Porras, Desert Sands USD

Linda Porras, board president, Desert Sands Unified School District in Riverside County With the school year well underway, what are some promising practices taking place in your district? The DSUSD Integrated School-Based Mental Health Wellness model prioritizes student mental health by embedding wellness practices in […]

AAPI Heritage Month spotlight: Fresno Unified commits to helping preserve Hmong language, culture 

Students in Fresno Unified School District’s Hmong Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program spend time each day learning in English and in Hmong. Two elementary schools currently participate, serving 338 students.  “We have already prepared our pathway for expansion into middle school to welcome our Hmong […]

Lessons learned from a Los Angeles teacher residency program

Working intentionally to recruit and create pathways into teaching, encouraging strong mentors and mentor–mentee relationships, offering new teachers a community of peers, and having adequate and focused program staff capacity are some elements of a successful residency program, according to Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ […]

LAUSD promoting equitable access to arts and cultural experiences through passport program

Offering students access to artistic venues, performances, outdoor education, museums and more, Los Angeles Unified School District officials detailed its recently launched Cultural Arts Passport during a March 3 virtual legislative briefing. While entry to places like the Getty Center are free, that doesn’t mean […]

Assessing tutoring strategies as LEAs continue learning recovery efforts

While tutoring has become a popular tool for academic recovery post-pandemic, not all tutoring programs are created equal and the strategy alone will likely not be enough to catch students up, experts said during a recent Education Week webinar, “Tutoring: What the Evidence Says About […]

Addressing disparities around unexcused absences

Data on unexcused absences can be used to craft a “more preventive, problem-solving, and equitable response to poor attendance,” according to a new Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) report, Disparities in Unexcused Absences Across California Schools. Attending school is critical to young people’s development, […]