With the ringing in of the New Year, we felt it would be a good opportunity to reflect on our editorial coverage of 2009. We’re always working to improve our content, and we periodically take a bird’s-eye view to be sure that we’re in sync with what our readers look to us for.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Education Funds
Beyond covering our core topics last year, we focused on the portion of ARRA funds dedicated to K12 education, the largest injection of federal money to schools ever. We began with an overview in the April issue, “Education’s Shot in the Arm,” and followed with ongoing coverage in our Stimulus Monitor news update pages. An in-depth look at turnaround schools in September, plus a new focus on the growth of charter schools, have also been part of our continual reporting on the Obama administration’s unprecedented efforts to revamp American education.
Sensible Technology Solutions
We also focused last year on innovative and sensible technological solutions for teaching digital natives well, managing their progress, and analyzing data through proper assessments to foster a climate of continual improvement. We are deluged with suggestions for new products to include in our coverage, but we screen and carefully select those options that are noteworthy and most appropriate given current economic conditions.
In-Depth Administrator Profiles and Professional Opinions
In addition to our monthly district profile and administrator profile, we also presented more in-depth profiles of key education leaders. These included Gerald Kohn, Beverly Hall and Wanda Bamberg. And in our Conversations department, we got topic specific with Randi Weingarten and Ramon Cortines, among others.
Along with reflections from our expert columnists, we included insights from expert practitioners on a regular basis in the form of Professional Opinion columns that have proved to be a solid addition to our article mix.
Here are DA’s editors’ selection of some of the articles from each 2009 issue that we feel are must-reads.
District Web Site Essentials, January
<a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/newproducts/viewpage.aspx?pagename=staticpage/products09_toc.html">The Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products</a>, January
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1860">The Impending Mobile Mega-Disruption</a>, January
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1864">The Rise of the Virtual Teacher</a>, February
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1883">Are One-to-One Laptop Programs Worth the Investment?</a> February
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1960">Do Economic Rewards Work?</a> March
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1970">The SIFication of America</a>, March
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1984">The State of School Security</a>, April
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1986">Classroom Technology Integration</a>, April
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2017">Detroit: A Place Where $500 Million Could Be Spent Wisely?</a> May
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2004">Cloud Computing: The Start of a Tech Revolution</a>, May
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2032">A Deeper Shade of Green</a>, June/July
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2043">Leadership Goes Public</a>, June/July
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2087">Tell It to the Mayo</a>r, August
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2089">Recovery High Schools</a>, August
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2122">Managing Generational Diversity</a>, September
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2119">Turnaround Schools</a>, September
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2167">The Road to Common Standards Reaches a Milestone</a>, October
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2173">Expanding School Choice: Up or Down?</a> October
<a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/viewpage.aspx?pagename=staticpage/mobile_device/mobile.html">Mobile Device Learning Guide</a>, November/December
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2202">The New Writing Pedagogy</a>, November/December
<a href="/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2212">Grade Retention</a>, November/December
This year, we look forward to continuing to provide you with coverage of topical issues that will give you creative solutions to better manage your districts.
May your new year be full of innovation and growth!
Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor in Chief