Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

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
Digital advertising in K12 schools is an avenue for districts to make extra money. But some parents and researchers say that ads do not belong in school hallways.
Digital billboards that resemble large touch-screen tablets placed in schools in two Arizona districts
LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines says district can't afford iPads for every student.
District plans to provide computers to students as needed for instruction or testing
The Kansas Coaching Project studies how instructional coaches improve academic outcomes.
Many districts that cut coaches during recession now bringing them back
Joseph Davis is currently the superintendent of Washington County Schools in rural Plymouth, North Carolina.
Deborah Gist named the first female superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma

District Administration, March 2015

The National Core Arts Standards were released in October. They emphasize developing artistic ideas, refining them, and following projects through to completion. (Americans for the Arts/Scott Cronan Photography)
Updated National Core Arts Standards add media arts such as animation, film, gaming and computer design
555,000-square-foot education complex houses middle school, high school and community center
Students in the Academy of Computer Game Design magnet program learn game programming and 3D animation.
Students study creative aspects of game design and programming at Florida magnet school
Funding for preschools increased 12 percent in the 2014-15 school year.
Nationwide, state funding for preschool increased by $672 million this year
Advocates say exams better prepare students to participate in a democratic society