Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, March 2015

LAUSD serves some 70,000 dinners daily, with plans to expand over the next two years.
Number of students served dinner or an after-school snack reached nearly 1 million last year
Oakland USD’s restorative justice program emphasizes having students make amends for disruptive behavior instead of suspending them.
Program focuses on students making amends for disruptive behavior rather than suspensions
Donald Leu (center) leads the team of the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut.
Many students lack ability to evaluate the reliability of information on the web
Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born created a 24/7 tipline that allows students to report potential threats.
Ann Clark and Henderson Lewis leading large districts in North Carolina and Louisiana
Sharon Jacobs and Paulita Musgrave from Washington Montessori School in Greensboro, N.C. share the ASCD’s 2015 Legislative Agenda with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) during ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy in Washington, D.C.
ASCD says schools and teachers shouldn't be evaluated based on standardized test scores

District Administration, February 2015

Psychologists from Boston Public Schools participate in PD events as part of the district’s Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model.
How to work around tight budgets so the school counselor’s job is done right
Lakota Local School District in Ohio recently increased its communications staff to compete with private and parochial schools.
Schools amp up communications and upgrades to keep from losing students to charters, private schools
St. Paul Public Schools has a large population of Hmong students, many of whom participate in a dual-language immersion program to learn their heritage language.
Community demand often leads schools to add classes in less-common languages, such as Hmong, Arabic, Hindi and Swahili
Jasper County Public Schools was one of 36 rural, high-poverty districts to file a lawsuit against South Carolina, claiming that the state’s funding formula was unconstitutional.
Court finds state funding formula denies many poor, rural students their right to an adequate education
Conflicting information from so many sources makes communication from the district even more important
Calhoun County Schools in Alabama is first district in the nation to pilot a "vapor wake detection" service
An elementary school technician from York School District in Maine helps students record a weekly news broadcast —a job not often assumed by a support technician in the past.
Today's CIOs must focus on user experience, data security and mobile learning
Rutherford County Schools has opened 10 new schools since 2003 due to the district’s rapid enrollment growth.
Enrollment at Rutherford County Schools in central Tennessee rose from 29,600 in 2003-04 to 41,000 this year
Nevada state Sen. Aaron Ford's truancy bill requires students to prove good attendance when applying for a driver's license.
In other people news, Larry Nyland becomes permanent superintendent of Seattle Public Schools

District Administration, January 2015

Students in New Tech Network schools focus on project-based learning and working collaboratively in groups.
Deeper learning is another name for the shift in emphasis away from teacher-led, rote learning
Students nationwide take as many as 20 standardized tests per year, and an average of 10 in grades 3 through 8
Houston ISD’s new Arabic language immersion school will join the district’s Spanish and Mandarin programs.
After Spanish, Arabic is the second-most common non-English language spoken at home for families in the district
Space station program funnels students into college internships
Tigerton School District in Wisconsin has only 250 students, and has faced $800,000 in budget cuts over the past three years.
Some 9.7 million students are enrolled in rural districts, representing more than 20 percent of all U.S. public school students
Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson
Osceola School District Superintendent Melba Luciano receives Biliteracy Leadership Award
Immigrant students from Oakland International High School, part of Oakland USD in California, thrive in a year-round soccer program.
Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, and Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island have received the largest numbers of unaccompanied minors last year
Incoming education committee chairman vows to lessen federal government’s role in education
Students at Charles County Public Schools in Maryland are now exposed to computer science curriculum starting in kindergarten.
25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements

District Administration, December 2014

Some board members of Pasco County Schools discuss their policy revisions From left to right: Kevin Shibley, executive director for administration; Cynthia Armstrong, member; Alison Crumbley, chairwoman; and Joanne Hurley, member.
District leaders revise spending strategies to cope with strains of Affordable Care Act
Volunteers from the social networking company Tagged help set up classrooms in Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco this fall.
Tech giants aim to inspire students to pursue STEM careers