Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, August 2014

When a story goes viral, district leaders should Speak to the community as soon as possible.
Former Houston ISD press secretary offers tips for how district leaders can deal with unwanted attention
A student reads a book through the Booktrack website, while hearing music, ambient noise and sound effects that match the action of the story.
Booktrack Classroom allows students to create synchronized soundtracks for any kind of digital text
Students grow fruits and vegetables to raise funds for the poor and homeless
Though physical book collections are shrinking in many districts, the role of librarians or media specialists is expanding.
School libraries with more staff and larger collections lead to stronger academic performance, a study says
Superintendents should provide an overall vision for Common Core and digital technology goals
Nine out of 10 jobs created in the state before the end of the decade will be in STEM-related fields
Nathan Levenson, senior managing director of the District Management Council, says school budgets will continue to be tight in coming years.
Schools can save--without compromising instruction--by managing class size, streamlining special ed meetings
Jerri Lynn Lippert was named the first female superintendent of the West Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania in June.
Also: Michael Martirano was unanimously elected West Virginia’s state superintendent of schools
Rising from the Great Recession, districts renovate and build for future challenges
A tornado safe room under construction in Moore, Oklahoma.
Schools facing tornado risk building safe rooms
California insurance provider offering free online training courses
While Wi-Fi is delivered by building access points that connect to the local area network, LTE (commonly known as 4G) is powered by cellular carriers’ cell towers and requires a monthly fee.
LTE offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets

District Administration, July 2014

Report finds poor students and students of color less likely to be taught by a highly effective teacher
Common Core test tools enhance accessibility for students with disabilities while keeping them in the classroom with their peers. (Photo: Smarter Balanced)
Exams include on-screen calculators and read-aloud instructions
North East ISD in San Antonio banned all but clear or mesh backpacks after a  student allegedly brought three loaded guns and a knife to a high school in April.
In 2010-11, 21 students died violent deaths in schools, and among 15-to-18-year-olds, 14 out of every 1,000 students were victims of violence
Preschool students in the Granite School District receive Common Core-aligned instruction to prepare for kindergarten.
Granite School District receives first-of-its-kind, $4.6 million social impact bond from Goldman Sachs
Students with autism will no longer be transferred from one school to another without parental input
The main goal of President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to shift funding from outdated technology to build broadband and Wi-Fi networks to give all schools high-speed internet access.
What administrators need to know to boost access
Frank DeAngelis had been principal of Columbine High School in Colorado since 1996. After the shooting of April 1999, he promised the then-ninth grade class he would not leave until they graduated.
Also: Dan McMinimee was named superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in Colorado
Old computers await recycling at the certified Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council in Baton Rouge, La.
Electronic devices represent the fastest-growing part of the world’s waste stream

District Administration, June 2014

The ACLU says more than 130 New Jersey school districts may be violating federal law.
District sued for requiring parents to show photo ID to enroll students
Nationally, there are very few hands-on cadaver labs at the high school level.
Program meant to encourage students to explore medicine, dentistry or other STEM fields
Schools that don’t follow prayer guidelines included in No Child Left Behind risk losing federal funds.
Laws passed in South Carolina in 2012 and Mississippi in 2013 allow students to pray at assemblies, athletic events and other school functions
At the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, Mass., individualized classroom activities emphasize all areas of a student’s development, including communication and social skills.
Boys almost five times more likely to be identified with autism spectrum disorder
$126M Bridgeport high school has 10 wind turbines, several solar panels and green roof

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