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Superintendent David Tebo has helped established comprehensive career programs in his western Michigan district.

Superintendent David Tebo and administrators in Hamilton Community Schools, which is part of the bigger Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in western Michigan, develop partnerships with local employers and community organizations to offer students work experiences m

Click to enlarge: Five steps districts can take to save money on edtech purchases. (Source: Foundation for Excellence in Education)

As the lines between instructional and technology budgets blur, CIOs can improve their district’s procurement procedures to get what their classrooms need from an increasingly complex edtech market.

Sandy Grove Middle School’s solar panels sit on the roof.

Sandy Grove Middle School, part of Hoke County Schools in North Carolina, is the first energy-positive school in the nation to be financed by its own expected energy savings.

3D printing offers multiple ways for students to get hands-on experience and to gain marketable skills before leaving high school

3D printing at Mahtomedi High School in the outer Minneapolis suburbs has come a long way in four years.

In 2012, nearly every state was part of either PARCC or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. As of this July, only 28 remained.

Public outcry over new standards-aligned tests led some states to cut funding, changing the exam landscape for 2015-16.

Source:  Education Commission of the States (Click to enlarge)

The Common Core has been implemented in 43 states since 2010 (two of which are now reviewing whether to continue using it).


Why are 3D printers so important to education now and what future trends should CIOs be aware of to ensure the technology succeeds in the classroom?

Rajeev Kulkarni

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At Columbus City Schools, Steve Simmons, director of pupil transportation, can see every move a school bus makes on its trip to picking up students at stops, and dropping them off.

Parents sometimes call Columbus City Schools in Ohio to complain the bus didn’t pick up their child that morning. That’s when Steve Simmons, the district’s director of pupil transportation, turns to his computer.

A teacher in training from Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency practices new learning standards and skills with a student at McKinley School in Newark Public Schools.

Hiring and retaining talented teachers can be a challenge in any district. But finding recent teaching college graduates who are ready to excel in the classroom their very first year can be even more difficult.


In the absence of federal homeschooling guidelines, states have created provisions for such students that vary widely from one place to another, according to a July report from the Education Commission of the States.

At the Legacy Traditional School District in Arizona, Chief Academic Officer Bill Bressler is trying to bump up the number of computers for his students to just take the tests. Above, a teacher instructs a lesson including Common Core standards.

How can districts use the Common Core-aligned assessments to improve education if the results won’t be available until later this fall, after the current school year is well underway?

Cave Creek USD had three unfilled teacher positions last year. This year, administrators are offering a signing bonus to attract new teachers to the area.

Many classrooms will remain without a permanent teacher this fall, as the teacher shortage becomes more severe in some states. Major enrollment drops in teacher prep programs signal worsening conditions in the coming years.

Source: “From Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts,” GLSEN (Click to enlarge)

Despite national campaigns to combat bullying, 3 in 10 districts still do not have policies that protect students from harassment.

Cody Jenschke, head athletic trainer at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD in Texas speaks with an injured athlete while the team physician evaluates his hip during a game.

By the time a 220-pound linebacker gets in his way, a high school running back has built significant momentum. The resulting collisions have been described with metaphors involving rams, brick walls and Mack trucks.

John Hattie is an education researcher at the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

As an education researcher, I’ve spent more than 15 years conducting nearly 800 meta-analyses of 50,000 studies focused on student learning.