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Small class sizes lure teachers to rural schools

Montana’s rural school districts are struggling to recruit and retain teachers, but administrators from small schools are pitching the benefits of a more intimate school culture to appeal to potential hires.

Learning to lead in middle school

Officials at Riverside School in Lyndonville, Vermont, believe one of the best ways for students to learn is to lead, and they’re expanding a school advisory program to give students more opportunities to mentor younger students. 

What’s that kid doing in the tree?

A writer encounters a group of kids climbing trees, wading in streams, and using maps to find a trail in a state park. Where are their parents? They’re practicing “masterly inactivity,” a concept Naomi Schaefer Riley explores in her new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning SnapChat.

Focus on character in CA school drives results

Escondido, California’s Conway Elementary School struggled as one of the lowest-performing schools in its district for years, until a new approach to learning focused on character development helped to turn things around.

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