Communicating before, during and after a crisis: Expert tips for LEAs

A Jan. 23 CSBA webinar featured expert tips from local educational agency leaders on best practices for crisis communications before, during and after a safety incident. Whether handling a social media, email or other anonymous threat or the presence of a trespasser or suspicious object […]

Webinar covers how to foster restorative practices in schools

The benefits of restorative practices and the conditions needed to successfully implement restorative approaches in educational systems were discussed during a recent webinar hosted by the Learning Policy Institute. As K-12 communities grapple with the psychological trauma students have experienced and continue to encounter, research […]

Experts cite the need for healthy digital habits among youth

Educators know that bullying doesn’t stop at the edge of school property, but supporting students experiencing cyberbullying has proven difficult as much of the harassment takes place outside of school hours and off campus. A Nov. 8 webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Education […]

New K-12 cybersecurity and AI resources available

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has recently made available new resources to support local educational agencies’ cybersecurity efforts and policies surrounding artificial intelligence (AI). Tailored specifically to meet the needs of K-12 institutions, CoSN’s new NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] Cybersecurity Framework […]

New resource calls on state support for small and rural LEA cybersecurity

The State Educational Technology Directors Association’s (SETDA) Cybersecurity & Privacy Collaborative — a network that includes Microsoft and the K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX) — published guidance on Oct. 17 detailing how state agencies and other support organizations are empowering their smallest school districts […]

From awareness to action: Resources for Bullying Prevention Month

By Angela Asch October is National Bullying Prevention Month, an opportune time to educate and raise awareness on what bullying is and how bullying affects school climate, students’ well-being and academic achievement. Bullying and cyberbullying impact a student’s ability to learn and can have damaging […]

Report finds students are experiencing more cyberbullying, teachers are seeing more verbal abuse

The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics released their annual report on indicators of school crime and safety for 2022 and found that the rate of cyberbullying among students doubled from 8 to 16 percent from 2009–10 and 2019–20, though rates […]

K-12 ed tech providers pledge to improve software security to reduce cyberattacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced on Sept. 5 a voluntary pledge for K-12 education technology software manufacturers to commit to designing products with greater security built in as part of the continued effort to thwart threats to local educational agencies. “We need […]