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Jack Russell

Jack Russell is passionate about education and keeping students safe. Jack has two decades of marketing experience, previously working with brands such as McGraw-Hill and Safelite Group. His volunteer efforts are focused on students and include serving on his district’s Academic Advisory Committee, co-captaining an elementary All Pro Dad chapter, and coaching youth baseball.
08 Jun 2021

Cause for Concern: Child Exploitation on the Rise

In 2020, the National Center for Exploited & Missing Children (NCMEC) received a record-breaking 21.7 million reports of suspected child sexual ex...

By     Jack Russell
10 May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

It was my sophomore year of high school. The district had transitioned from its previous school model, moving my entire class and the class below up t...

By     Jack Russell
23 Apr 2021

Student Wellness: Dealing With Selfies and Explicit Content

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted education in many ways. One trend Gaggle has observed is a 76% increase in incidents related to nudity and sexual c...

By     Jack Russell
23 Mar 2021

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

During the pandemic, Gaggle has observed some concerning student safety trends. Among these trends is a 59% increase in student references to drugs an...

By     Jack Russell
26 Feb 2021

Observing Self-Injury Awareness Day

Monday, March 1 is Self-Injury Awareness Day—an annual day of observance to drive awareness of self-harm. This global event is designed to help people...

By     Jack Russell
09 Feb 2021

The 20–21 School Year: How Are Students Doing So Far?

We recently released a report detailing the alarming increases in student safety trends during the first three months of the 2020–21 school year. In o...

By     Jack Russell
18 Dec 2020

Can Winter Break Still Be Wonderful This Year?

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams has always been one of my favorite holiday songs, but the holiday season isn’t always the ...

By     Jack Russell
19 Nov 2020

How AUPs Safeguard Students and Schools

School districts have an obligation to keep students safe in both the physical and digital learning environments. To ensure they’re protecting student...

By     Jack Russell
20 Oct 2020

Are Elementary Students Safe Online?

With all of the efforts to drive mental health awareness—including the annual observance of World Mental Health Day on October 10—it’s probably no sur...

By     Jack Russell
28 Sep 2020

Expanded Gaggle Coverage of Microsoft Teams

By     Jack Russell

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