Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, June 2015

23 states have high populations of American Indian students, and reservations see high turnover rates of teachers and administrators
Project’s funding came from bond passed by voters in 2012 and state money
Ohio administrators may face pressure to keep more art and music teachers, nurses, librarians and other staff, but have more control to reduce the numbers.
Law urges districts to focus on psychologists, computer teachers, gifted education specialists and ESL teachers
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) addresses students’ individual learning needs to reach standards
46 states provide additional funding dedicated to ELL education, says a March report from the Education Commission of the States. (Click to enlarge)
Some 34 states fund ELL programs through their state’s primary funding formula
Leadership is second only to classroom instruction when it comes to influencing student learning
New PD apps can save districts money on travel costs by connecting them virtually with education consultants.
Some apps allow teachers to videotape themselves so they can get instant feedback from peers and mentors
An ASCD survey found only a small number of people sensed a strong Common Core opt-out movement. (Click to enlarge_
It remains unclear how widespread the opt-out movement is across the nation
Curtis Jones is the first permanent superintendent in two years at Georgia's Bibb County School District.
Administrator creates new alternative high school program at Westerville City School District in Ohio

District Administration, May 2015

Some states allow families to opt out for religious or disability reasons, while others mandate tests but have no consequences for non-participation
The percent of school IT leaders who say they are using different cloud services has increased in the past year, according to CoSN’s 2015 “K-12 IT Leadership Survey.”
More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity tools such as Google Apps for Education
A look, from the U.S. Census, at the number of students served by the IDEA. (Click to enlarge)
Total number of students with disabilities in the United States has been on the decline since 2005
A high school student in North Carolina's Newton-Conover City Schools won a grant to purchase a 3D printer, and built a mechanical hand for a student with limited mobility.
Fees collected from community groups renting facilities turned into grants for student projects
Teachers from Teachers College, Columbia University's new program visit nations like Colombia and then build capstone projects to bring their global learning back to U.S. classrooms.
Changing demographics have compelled undergraduate and working K12 teachers to expand their knowledge of foreign cultures
A Champions of Wayne student receives her award for reaching an academic goal at a large ceremony at the end of the year.
Incentive for academic achievement is successfully motivating students
Move could open the door for other districts to recognize Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr
Youths take advantage of anonymous apps like Yik Yak may not always be aware of the potential consequences.
Garnering the most concern in many districts is Yik Yak
Staff-led cheating on standardized tests has been documented in 40 states and the District of Columbia
Katy ISD superintendent Alton L. Frailey was elected 2015-16 president-elect of AASA.
Alexis Kirijan was named the first female superintendent of Scranton School District in Pennsylvania

District Administration, April 2015

Discount rates for long-distance calling, cell phones and other services will drop by 20 percent every year starting this year
Predictive analytics is becoming more common in both public- and private-sector hiring.
Programs designed to gauge impact teacher candidates will have on student test scores
Students served by Oakland USD’s Office of African American Male Achievement have increased GPAs compared to their peers.
Oakland USD's Office of African American Male Achievement develops sense of pride and identity in black male student community
From shootings to tornadoes, canines provide comfort to students
Tennessee's Knox County Public Schools offering incentives
32 states and the District of Columbia have called for the development college and career readiness standards.
Meaning of 'college and career ready' differs across nation's districts