From DA

12/1/2014
DA is proud to present the 2014 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products.

Continuing to recognize the best of the best, the editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present this year’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products, which were selected from more than 2,400 unique nominations.

11/28/2014
Some board members of Pasco County Schools discuss their policy revisions From left to right: Kevin Shibley, executive director for administration; Cynthia Armstrong, member; Alison Crumbley, chairwoman; and Joanne Hurley, member.

Some school employees face getting the short end of the stick as district leaders work to comply with new Affordable Care Act requirements while juggling tight budgets.

11/27/2014
A media specialist in the Cherry Hills Christian Schools in Colorado helps a student with a lesson. The district combined an MDM solution with district-owned iPads for student learning.

Whether devices are tablets or laptops, or owned by the school or the student, they all require IT support.

11/25/2014
Scott McLeod is the author of the popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog.

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.”

11/24/2014
Volunteers from the social networking company Tagged help set up classrooms in Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco this fall.

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s tech giants, but will never set foot inside any of those fabled corporate campuses.

11/24/2014

The Common Core is presenting a new challenge—and offering little guidance—to special education teachers working to keep their students on pace with their peers.

11/21/2014

At the end of last year, Superintendent Shannon Goodsell of Casa Grande Union High School District in Arizona had 19 teacher openings, in part due to turnover and newly-retired teachers, and zero applications.

11/20/2014
Karner Blue Education Center's indoor playground gives students movement breaks and time to work on motor skills, particularly for long Minnesota winters when students are stuck indoors.

In September, the Karner Blue Education Center opened its brand new doors to some 100 K8 special education students in the Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District in Minnesota.

11/18/2014

Preschool participation, academic achievement and high school graduation rates are rising for America’s growing population of Hispanic students, who continue to trail their white peers in many areas of academic success, according to a new report.

11/17/2014
Charles Young is the associate superintendent for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Lisa Gonzales is the superintendent of the Portola Valley School District.

Truly effective leaders blend elements of coaching with their leadership skills to build trust and maximize the power of social interactions.

11/13/2014
Timothy Purnell is superintendent and Timothy Teehan is academic achievement officer for Somerville Public Schools.

Massachusetts has led the nation with the top National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores for the fifth consecutive time on fourth- and eighth-grade reading and mathematics assessments.

11/12/2014
School staff sending out mail nowadays can save a lot of work with electronic mailcenters.

District mail rooms used to be hectic. Thousands of pieces of mail would cycle in and out every month, and all of it had to be processed by hand.

11/10/2014
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy increased academic achievement and graduation rates but faced criticism over technology programs.

Superintendent John Deasy of Los Angeles USD resigned in October after reaching a settlement with the city’s school board.

11/10/2014
Jessica Cuthbertson, a teacher leader in Aurora Public Schools, teaches middle school students. Cutherbertson considers herself a “teacherpreneur” and attends summer retreats via the Center for Teaching Quality.

Jessica Cuthbertson’s dental hygienist cleans the teeth of many unhappy teachers—exhausted, burned-out folks who feel pulled in too many directions and have too many papers to grade.

11/10/2014
When students use technology in the classroom, every keystroke creates a trail of digital information.

States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information.

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