Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, September 2014

New Orleans schools are operated by one of three organizations. Source: The Cowen Institute.
While academic achievement generally continues to improve, it still lags behind most other districts
Ulrich Boser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress
Only 37 percent of the districts in the top third in spending were also in the top third in achievement
Original high school, along with four other schools, destroyed by 2011 tornado
Superintendent Grayling Tobias of the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis County, Mo.
Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy to focus on boosting graduation rates

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