Best of the Blogs
School Administrator, June 2019

“[W]e can promote healthy social media use through engaging our children in critical thinking around the ways they communicate and the words others use. We must teach them to challenge what they read and hear and to not assume those words represent truth. We can teach them how to monitor their use, how to check facts, how to scroll past things that scratch us where we don’t itch.”

From “Words: Stop Scratching” by Michelle Saylor (superintendent, Bellefonte Area School District, Bellefonte, Pa.) on her blog For the Love of Learning

“We often hear that you have to earn respect. … I can choose to be respectful of someone else regardless of the way they may act. So, which is it? Do we have to earn it, is it reciprocal, or can we choose it?”

From “Respect — Earned or Chosen?” by Jack Smith (superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md.) on his blog All In: The Superintendent’s Blog

“[O]n brain scans, a brain in chronic stress looks the same as a brain with ADHD. That’s a really important fact, since we already do so much to accommodate children with ADHD.”

From “Social & Emotional Learning” by James Walsh (superintendent, Burgettstown Area School District, Burgettstown, Pa.) on his Superintendent’s Blog

“This evening the School Committee unanimously voted to close Memorial School beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. … The group considered many factors such as maintaining educationally sound practices, the impact of potential actions on the Middle School building project, grade restructuring, the capacity of existing buildings, and much more.”

From “School Committee Vote on Memorial School” by Marilyn Tencza (superintendent, Leicester Public Schools, Leicester, Mass.) on her Superintendent’s Blog

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