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Articles by Alan Dessoff
District Administration, July/Aug 2012
Paul Vallas for Sale
The non-traditional schools chief teams with Cambium to reform struggling districts.
District Administration, March 2012
Products that Prep for Common Core
Report: Major Challenges in Future Online Assessments
A new survey reports most states anticipate major challenges in implementing the online assessments.
Are You Ready for Common Core Math?
2014 will be here sooner than you think.
Searching for Assessment Vendors
While administrators wait for more information about the Common Core assessments, PARCC and SBAC are developing them, including seeking vendors to write test questions.
Education Reformer: Robert J. Marzano
Marzano says it starts with students and teachers in classrooms.
District Administration, October 2011
Early College High Schools
A rigorous academic approach combined with the opportunity to save time and money is a powerful motivator for at-risk students.
District Administration, Jul 2011
Is Year-Round Schooling on Track?
Summer learning loss and overcrowding drive alternative schedules.
District Administration, June 2011
SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY REPORT: The Changing Role of the CTO
District technology leaders are taking on greater responsibilities and contributing to the strategic vision of school systems.
District Administration, Apr 2011
High Stakes Cheating
Under increasing pressure to raise scores or risk losing their jobs, some teachers and administrators are being pushed over the edge.
SIDEBAR, Apr 2011
Advocating Zero Tolerance
Making it clear to teachers and staff members.
District Administration, Mar 2011
What's Your Data Integration Strategy?
Districts are using data warehouses and data dashboards to drive immediate decisions.
SIDEBAR, Mar 2011
Mining for Data
District Administration, Jan 2011
Tough New Issues Refocus Health Education
Technology spurs the need for new or revised curricula in schools.
Abstinence, Contraception Frame Sex Education
Districts focus on preventing teen pregnancies and diseases.
District Administration, Oct 2010
Making Your Schools Future-Proof
Administrators plan ahead by implementing flexible technology now to prevent major overhauls later.
District Administration, Sep 2010
Google and Microsoft Go to School
The computing giants compete to provide powerful online applications to school districts—for free.
District Administration, Jul 2010
Special Report: States of Debate: The Golden State Loses Its Luster
After having a rich and unique history as an education leader, California starts to crumble under fiscal uncertainty. The third in a three state series.
The Push for Public Preschool
More districts are seeing the advantages of school readiness and preparing youngsters for their K12 careers.
District Administration, Jun 2010
Persuading Teachers to Go Rural
District administrators craft incentives to attract and retain teachers.
SIDEBAR, Jun 2010
Selling a District with State-of-the-Art Amenities
A National Report
The obstacles for rural districts are great.
SIDEBAR, Apr 2010
Digital Learning in Action
Using Skype, Ning and software to challenge students.
District Administration, Apr 2010
Reaching Digital Natives on Their Terms
Making your technology environment student centered.
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