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Six life-changing experiences for students

On Board Online • May 25, 2015

Lynn L. Lenhardt
NYSSBA President

Soon we will be graduating about 160,000 students and sending nearly half of them to 4-year colleges and universities. As they move forward with their education, what experiences will have the most influence on their living happy, fulfilling lives?

There is some impressive research on this subject, and you may find the results surprising. Like me, you may see implications for high schools.

The Gallup organization has asked Americans about their happiness for decades. Since 2008, it has been surveying 1,000 Americans every day about six kinds of well-being, such as financial ("I have an enough money to do everything I want to do"), social ("My friends and family give me positive energy every day") and purpose ("I like what I do every day.") Other Gallup surveys ask questions about other forms of happiness, such as career satisfaction.

In a project co-sponsored by Purdue University and Lumina Foundation (which is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025), Gallup interviewers asked 30,000 college graduates who have participated in various Gallup polls to answer questions about their college experiences. Then they looked for patterns.

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School Boards Association reports that 98.6 percent of school budgets pass

David Albert, NYSSBA
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FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2015

New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.6 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 19, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“Today is a good day for public education. School districts put forth budgets that will provide students in their communities with high-quality educational opportunities next year,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The combination of sound budgeting by school boards and a healthy state aid increase allowed many school districts to restore programs and positions while having a negligible impact on their local tax levies.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 654 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was nine. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts.

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Game On! What school board members should know about games for learning

Cover Game On! What school board members should know about games for learning

Do today's students sometimes seem more interested in playing games on their smart phones or tablets than on what’s going on in the classroom?

If so, find out why!  NYSSBA’s latest research report explores how many of today’s video games use principles of educational psychology to motivate students. Learn how to leverage that technology to boost learning, and see how New York schools are using video games to further their educational goals.

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Daily Clips

Auburn Citizen
Flanagan: Results of school budgets due to increased state aid

Schenectady Daily Gazette
'Sound budgeting' credited for no school plans being voted down

Utica Observer Dispatch
Survey finds U.S. schools ramping up safety measures

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