Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, April 2014

Sixth grade students at Quest to Learn in New York City play a game called Galactic Mappers in class.
Quest to Learn schools are organized around games and connected learning
School Makeover brings corporations and large organizations in to refresh buildings
Traveling high-tech fair is meant to demonstrate the fun side of engineering
Fordham Institute offers lessons to district leaders as they continue to implement standards
Philadelphia Public Schools special education teacher Michelle McKeone developed Autism Expressed in 2011, and now uses the platform to teach digital media skills to her high school students.
Autism Expressed was developed by a high school special education teacher in Philadelphia
Test scores and graduation rates have risen steadily since Alberto Carvalho became Miami-Dade's superintendent in 2008.
Also: Courtney Voshell, of Dover High School in Del., named assistant principal of the year
Some states have enacted laws to ensure K12 school mascots are culturally sensitive
Pekin Community High School District No. 303 in Illinois changed its mascot in 1980 from a derogatory term for Chinese people to the dragon.
Derogatory stereotypes in school team names face slow change
Some 89 percent of adults are concerned that third-party providers will use students’ personal data for marketing purposes, according to a new survey.
When administrators contract with a third-party vendor, schools are subject to that vendor’s privacy policies
The redesigned SAT, set for spring 2016, will measure college and career skills.
Revised exam will be more closely tied to high school curriculum

District Administration, March 2014

Students in the Centennial School in Bethlehem, Pa. are rewarded for good behavior rather than punished for misconduct.
Teachers in affluent districts tend to more readily remove problem students from the classroom, study says
Three new schools are equipped with modern spaces for 21st-century learning
E-learning days can prevent lost class time when weather closes schools
Students in the app development class at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, N.Y., met with hearing-impaired community members.
STEM students at Queens, N.Y., high school have series of apps on Google Play store
Kevin Kinker of K-9 Interventions brings his search dog Anna to Mona Shores Public Schools. Anna can detect drugs, alcohol and guns.
Dogs can detect prescription drugs, alcohol, guns and explosives without having to open bags, lockers or cars
Though just 19 percent of California’s elementary schools are using blended learning, another 20 percent are planning implementation.
Elementary schools using different model than are high schools
Chris Bierly is the co-author of a report on how schools can develop leaders internally.
Most districts lack an effective model for identifying, encouraging and developing an internal pool of qualified future leaders
Students in grades 6 through 8 will take class that will teach appropriate use of various social media sites
Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is leading a new digital education nonprofit called the Digital Learning Institute.
Also: New York state lawmakers call for delay in Common Core tests
Students at the GSA Network’s Queer Youth Advocacy day last spring in California advocated for the School Success and Opportunity Act. (Photo: GSA Network)
Student Success and Opportunity Act allows transgender students to participate in all school activities irrespective of the gender listed on records

District Administration, February 2014

is Van Roekel speaks at a recent conference, sponsored by the Education Writers Association and held at the University of Chicago, about teacher evaluations. Next to him, from his left are:
New laws and policies empower administrators to dismiss ineffective teachers
Author of guidebook says highest achievers have become an 'afterthought'
Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers visits the Pewaukee School District to observe the Baldrige education criteria in action.
Pewaukee School District wins Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Leading organizations urge more support for teachers

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