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By Denisa R. Superville
Aaron Feis loved his job as a football
coach and security guard at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla.-so much so that he'd
turned down more lucrative opportunities over the years.
"He stayed there for the kids," Michael David Connell Jr. said of his
brother. "I honestly wouldn't have been
surprised if he was 60 or 70 and he was
still working at the school."
Instead, on Valentine's Day this year,
Feis, 37, lost his life on the job-shielding students from a classmate's fusillade of bullets in his final moments.
Feis is one of 10 educators who will
be honored during a ceremony June 21
at the Memorial to Fallen Educators,
a little-known monument in Emporia,
Kan., dedicated to school workers who
died "in the line of duty."
The memorial first opened in 2014,
Julie Denesha for Education Week
On a windy hill, a stone schoolhouse from the 1800s sits above the Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. Among the most
notable names on the memorial are Challenger shuttle astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe and the educators who died in school shootings.
A 'Plan, Do, Study, Act' Approach to a Better Freshman Year
By Catherine Gewertz
Nathan Hale High School and Jane
Addams Middle School are only half
a block apart, but for many years, the
adults who ran them rarely talked to
each other, even though something crucial was at stake: the often-rocky transition from 8th to 9th grade.
"We can see each other's kids in the
crosswalk, we're that close. But for a
long time, we didn't have much of a
relationship," said Tina Tudor, the 9th
grade coordinator at Nathan Hale, in
Now, the closeness is more than geographic. Because of a new initiative
that's designed to help students make
a strong start in high school, leaders at
Jane Addams and Nathan Hale are communicating frequently and collaborating
to build family support as their students
navigate the move to high school.
The work is part of a research proj-
ect in Seattle that involves 22 middle
and high schools. In partnership with
scholars from Johns Hopkins University, and supported by a four-year,
$2.5 million federal grant, Seattle is
working to identify strategies to involve families in helping their children get ready for high school in 8th
grade and grapple with new expectations and responsibilities in 9th grade.
The theory behind the project is
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By Benjamin Herold
West Palm Beach, Fla.
All school year, Kaylee Carrell
has been watching online math
videos using a free software
platform called Algebra Nation.
What Carrell didn't know: The
software was also watching her.
By tracking the anonymous
clicks and keystrokes of the
Florida 8th grader-and more
than 200,000 other students-
a team of researchers hopes
to improve student learning
by teaching computers to pinpoint when children are feeling
happy, bored, or engaged.
It's just one example of a controversial push to use educational
technology to measure, monitor,
and modify students' emotions,
mindsets, and ways of thinking.
"I can see how it could be really
helpful," Carrell said."But home
is also supposed to be a safe
space. You don't want to feel like
your computer is watching you."
For years, there's been a
movement to personalize student learning based on each
child's academic strengths and
weaknesses. Now, some experts
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Ed-Tech Companies Tracking
Students' Emotions, Mindsets
"It's important to know how students feel," said Stephon Allen, an 8th grader
at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington, Fla., referring to research to track
student engagement via the online software Algebra Nation.
When teachers are first hired, they
have paperwork to fill out and meetings
to attend. This fall, new hires in a growing number of states can add another
to-do to their lists: meet with a teachers'
At a time when unions are bracing for a potential blow from the U.S.
Supreme Court, Democratic lawmakers in about a half-dozen states have
introduced or passed legislation that
aims to give public-employee unions
better access to potential members.
The Supreme Court is expected to
issue a decision in the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and
Municipal Employees Council 31 case
any day. At stake are the so-called
"agency" or "fair share" fees that
public-employee unions in 22 states
charge workers who are not union
members, but still reap the benefits of
The justices are widely expected
by court watchers to rule against the
unions and effectively make the public
sector a right-to-work zone. That means
teachers and other public employees
could choose whether they want to belong to their unions with no strings attached. Many who pay agency fees now
decide to simply kick in the extra dolPAGE 12 >