It seems like every time we turn on the news, another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world, and whether it's happening more frequently or we're just exposed to more through 24/7 news coverage, we must be cognizant of the fact that our children are being exposed to these events as well. Because students have access to information on their cell phones and other digital devices, it's probably not very realistic to think we can shelter them completely from the goings-on in the world.
We can limit what they watch on television, but they will always find a way to gain online access, whether at school, on a friend's device or at friends' houses. So how do we talk to our students about deadly attacks and traumatic events that their minds are simply too young to truly understand? And how do we help parents talk to their children about these incidents when many times adults have difficulty comprehending how these things can happen?
This is one of the most important months of the year for school finances.
I am thankful. As I sit down to compose this article, it's Cyber Monday. Our family returned yesterday evening from a delightful weekend trip to Dallas, where we people-watched and purposely did no shopping.
Technology is all around us in our schools. In fact, in recent years it seems that the challenge for districts isn’t getting technology to the classroom but trying to leverage that technology and use it properly in the classroom.
Hopefully you haven't experienced a serious crisis in your school district and the communication nightmare that can follow if you don't keep your publics informed. But if you have, you know how quickly rumors spread, parents and community members get angry and media is notified.