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The Dashboard: A Blog by SchoolStatus

Fake News: Be the Unicorn You Wish to See in the World

Published on February 08, 2017

Once upon a time, you could have a conversation with a kid that went like this:

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Hey, Texting Really Works!

Published on August 04, 2016

When students and parents are sent text messages on a regular basis, student achievement improves.

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TJ and the Briefcase Intervention

Published on April 21, 2016

When I was a superintendent, sometimes, when I least expected it, I was reminded of students I had known throughout all the years I had been around the education system. Once I was reminded of one simply by walking by a student at a water fountain.

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The Old School Code of Silence

Published on April 20, 2016

You are in fifth grade. The last bell rings, and as your herd is trampling into the hall, YOUR MOM suddenly appears right there at Mrs. Harper’s classroom door. Oh, the sheer panic, as you murmur Why is SHE here, but let’s be honest, you already know what you did, and now you are busted.

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When Your Body Betrays You

Published on April 15, 2016

Recently, I attended the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) and sat in on the Keynote Speaker’s presentation  “This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents”.

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Top 5 Inspirational TED Talks for Educators

Published on April 13, 2016

Some ideas are worth sharing – and that’s the belief that the organization known as TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) was founded upon in 1984.

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Smoke, Mirrors, and Communicating with Kids

Published on April 11, 2016

I asked my mother once if there was a secret to handling children. “Parenting is mostly distraction and sleight of hand,” she responded.

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