From DA

Tim Markley is superintendent at New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Our growing North Carolina district faced numerous facility challenges in the fall of 2013.

Comfort dog Addie continues to help Sandy Hook Elementary students heal after the December 2012 shooting.

Students who have lived through tragedy—from Newtown, Connecticut, to Joplin, Missouri—have found comfort in a source not often seen in schools: golden retrievers.


A northeastern Tennessee school district has more than doubled the daily salary of highly qualified substitute teachers to entice them to teach in low-income schools or those that are struggling academically.

32 states and the District of Columbia have called for the development college and career readiness standards.

The phrase “college and career readiness” invades education discussions from classroom technology to the Common Core.

Digital advertising in K12 schools is an avenue for districts to make extra money. But some parents and researchers say that ads do not belong in school hallways.

Students in two Arizona districts will soon share the hallways with digital screens that display promotions for local and national vendors.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines says district can't afford iPads for every student.

Los Angeles USD students will not receive iPads, after all.

Adventure to Fitness

From sports to exercise routines, the latest programs and activities in physical education aim to get students motivated and excited about being fit.

The Kansas Coaching Project studies how instructional coaches improve academic outcomes.

Districts in the midst of Common Core implementation are increasingly turning to instructional coaches to help teachers master the new skills needed.

Boggy Creek Elementary School, which has a high homeless population, celebrates winning a national reading competition.

A homeless student in Delaware last year spent about three hours a day riding back and forth to school in taxi cabs—at a cost to the Delmar School District of more than $10,000.

Steve Suitts, vice president of the Southern Education Foundation, the nation must deal with the increase in the number of low-income students.

The number of U.S. students who come from low-income families has long been the metaphorical elephant in the room when it comes to education funding.

Joseph Davis is currently the superintendent of Washington County Schools in rural Plymouth, North Carolina.

Joseph Davis was named superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri in February. He is currently the superintendent of Washington County Schools in rural Plymouth, North Carolina.


When the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in 2012 the launch of an ambitious plan to transform our schools, we were all very excited, albeit a little nervous.

An online learning program in Putnam County Schools in Tennessee has cut the need for credit recovery by 50 percent over the past three years, and the graduation rate rose from 88 percent in 2013 to 92 percent last year.

An elementary school writing program, a comprehensive fitness regimen and vigorous college and career preparedness in all grades exemplify innovation.

In the Bonneville Joint School District in Idaho Falls, Idaho, a Summit Hills Elementary School student, right, takes a speech/language therapy class with therapist Claire Plowgian, above.

In rural Washington state, an occupational therapist might drive three to four hours to see a student—that is, if a district can find one to hire.

Allan F. Daily High School students in Glendale USD take part in a total computer rebuild, used as a student-led training session. A student demonstrates with his classmates how to replace the CPU chip.

A cadre of students trained in IT support are providing teachers with Johnny-on-the-spot resources and bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ lean tech staffs for routine requests.