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ASCD Associate Executive Director Ronn Nozoe discusses the state of the 2017-18 school year.

Is zero waste achievable in the restaurant industry?

As restaurants become increasingly focused on cutting waste, many are taking innovative steps to meet their goals.

Failure

Executives can use this short list to determine the root causes of leadership failures within your organization.

What’s trending? From STEM in sports to learning spaces, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Voting for the 2017 Educators’ Choice Content Award is under way. Cast your vote by Dec. 15.

Designers

As creative people, our voice is the one thing that gives us our edge. Here's how to keep it strong.

In part I of this STEM policy update, we hear from Lindsey Gardner about STEM and ESSA funding.

Influencer

It didn’t take a bot for me to reach 2,000 followers -- just crafty work with filters, a handful of hashtags and friendly conversation.

Soft skills

While employers expect employees to develop themselves -- in their off time -- into soft-skill-proficient leaders, most employees are using that time to look for new jobs instead.

The Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Meet the winners.

TLC for School PLCs

A new professional-learning community approach is helping teachers lead reform.

Q&A: Guerrilla Tacos tells the story of an LA chef and his one-of-a-kind taco truck

Chef and founder of Guerrilla Tacos Wesley Avila and co-author Richard Parks III discuss how Avila's experiences in LA and beyond led him to launch the brand and book.

Gamify keyboarding skills

A gaming platform helps kindergarteners learn to type.

Purposeful culture

There is no faster way to eroding engagement, service, and results in a workplace than by discounting, demeaning or dismissing others’ ideas, efforts, and accomplishments.