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Give Your Schedulers What They Need

Vol. 12 No. 5

Scheduling season approaches, but there’s still time to prepare your schedulers and school for the marathon that lies ahead. ISM Consultant Bryan Smyth, leader of our January Scheduling Without Conflict workshop, suggests these four ways in which you can ensure that your schedulers have everything they need to maximize their effectiveness this year, giving your students and teachers the schedule they deserve.

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Top Ten Division Head Articles of 2014

Vol. 12 No. 5

Over the past year, we’ve written about everything from professional development (both useless and useful) to the importance of recess—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let's look back to the top-read articles in the Division Head e-Letter over the past year.

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Parents May Be Held Liable for Students’ Social Media Activity

Vol. 12 No. 4

A Georgia appellate court has ruled that parents may be held liable for what their children post on social media accounts. During the year-long debacle, a school became involved—but by following the school’s policies, the principal kept her school’s community out of the lawsuit, mentioned only as a byline.

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Private Schools Participate in “Hour of Coding”

Vol. 12 No. 4

Only one in 10 schools teaches students how to code—at least, according to Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding computer science’s prominence in the classroom until it’s as fundamental a subject as math or reading. In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org introduced the basics of JavaScript, a common programming language, to millions of students around the world with their “Hour of Code” tutorials for “ages 4 to 104”—and private schools got in on the action.

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Paying for Recess: Families Transfer to Private Schools for Recess

Vol. 12 No. 3

Think back to your earliest school memories. Chances are, instead of a classroom of desks, you remember swing sets, impromptu races, and squabbles over who gets that color of chalk next for the hopscotch grid. However, recess is more than a mere repository of happy memories. Time and time again, research has shown that regular, active playtime is a crucial part of a student's education.

Despite this, many public school districts are slashing their recess periods with no replacements—and many parents across the country are transferring to private schools to keep their children on the playground.

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Technology in the Classroom at St. Margaret’s

Vol. 12 No. 3

In the last edition of Private School News, we featured St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and its work using massive open online courses (MOOCs) to bring its mission to students around the world. As it turns out, St. Margaret’s took advantage of advancements in learning tools long before edX reached out to secure their expertise for their high school courses. Lynn Ozonian, the school’s Director of Innovation and Technology, spared a moment to talk with us about some of the clever ways St. Margaret’s uses technology in their classrooms.

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