Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 10, 2024

A Self-Inflicted Wound: North Carolina’s K-12 Schools are Among the Worst in America (April 10, 2024)

North Carolina's public K-12 schools show up badly in national rankings.  Learning why can teach us a lot - and show us how to improve our …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: March 20, 2024

Lengthen the Life of a Child With Pre-Diabetes (March 20, 2024)

Addressing health issues in North Carolina's K-12 schools is a major opportunity to raise our state's embarrassing national ranking for student learning while at the …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 14, 2024

What You Don’t Know About the Leandro Case (February 14, 2024)

Even if the N.C. Supreme Court agrees with teachers and parents regarding the Leandro lawsuit, it will not fix the largest problem lowering student learning …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 7, 2024

Plant a Seed for Student Mental Health (February 6, 2024)

This week we offer one small, but significant, locally implementable solution that can help contribute to solving several issues challenging North Carolina schools. North Carolina adolescents …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: January 30, 2024

A Second Lesson on Lack of Fresh Air in Classrooms (January 30, 2024)

Issue #9 A second lesson on how lack of fresh air in classrooms lowers learning dramatically. We have been surveying hundreds of North Carolina classrooms …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: January 23, 2024

Stuffy Air in Classrooms Can Lower a Student’s Learning and Test Scores (January 23, 2024)

Did you know that stuffy air (low oxygen levels) in classrooms can lower a student's learning and test scores as much as two letter grades? …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: January 17, 2024

Catching You Up and Refreshing Your Brain After a Long Holiday Break (January 16, 2024)

Reminding you that our mission is to improve North Carolina’s K-12 schools by introducing you to little known information about how factors inside a school, but …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: December 18, 2023

The Goal of This Newsletter is to Help You See… (December 1, 2023)

The goal of this newsletter is to help you see ways to improve student learning by interventions outside the classroom.   As I mentioned in …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: December 18, 2023

Maybe More Than You Need to Hear About Hearing Loss (November 24, 2023)

Maybe more than you need to hear about how hearing loss is hurting your students. (Pun?) (Not duplicate content from last email). I am sure …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: December 12, 2023

Mass Hearing Surveys: A Cheap Outside-The-Classroom Solution That Will Boost Student Learning (November 17, 2023)

North Carolina has around a quarter of a million students with unrecognized and untreated hearing loss that hinders learning [i], [ii]. Apart from rare instances …

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