Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, January 2014

Coming this fall, students at six of the nation’s largest urban districts will be served lunch on round plates made of biodegradable sugar cane.
Big districts banding together to buy biodegradable trays made of sugar cane
Among nurses’ responsibilities is caring for the estimated 3 million children with food allergies
Students in the Highlands School District in Brackenridge, Pa., start computer classes in kindergarten to learn the typing skills needed for Common Core assessments.
Common Core accelerates keyboarding instruction in elementary schools
New Irving ISD Superintendent Jose Parra previously led the much smaller Lockhart ISD in Texas
Also: Michael McVey, superintendent of Steubenville City Schools in Ohio, was charged with three felony counts
Incoming mayor Bill de Blasio says he plans to charge charters rent for using public school buildings

District Administration, December 2013

HUNCH students from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham took their project involving the effect of zero gravity on the spine on the low-gravity plane in Houston last April.
HUNCH, a NASA-funded program, partners space agency scientists with high schools and middle schools
More than 160 Syracuse students participated in the Say Yes to Education Young Authors Series, and wrote their own books.
Say Yes to Education fund supports services for students from kindergarten through 12th grade
Teachers unions have supported elimination of the merit program
Teachers are increasingly incorporating videos from YouTube’s education channel into classroom lessons.
Some say YouTube’s library of educational content allows educators to teach more creatively
Survey says principals are leading the charge
About 10 to 20 percent of youths experience cyberbullying regularly, study says
Stephen Falcone resigned as superintendent of Darien Public Schools in Connecticut after the district was found to have violated special education laws. (Megan L. Spicer/Darien News)
Also: Kansas City superintendent signs new contract; Montana principal recognized
Twenty-one students graduated in 2013 from the Peabody Learning Academy in Peabody, Mass., a Simon Youth Academy alternative high school located inside a shopping mall.
Simon Youth Foundation funds 23 alternative high schools in 13 states, primarily located in shopping malls
A Northern Valley Regional High School junior protested the random drug testing policy at a September school board meeting, saying that the testing would make students feel like criminals.
Parents have sued school board over proposal to test students in extra-curricular activities
District remains without basic services that most administrators take for granted

District Administration, November 2013

A kindergartner from Cincinnati is already planning for college with CFES.
College for Every Student provides mentoring, community service opportunities, and exposure to college campuses
Researchers estimate between 5 million and 7.5 million students nationwide are missing too much school. (Graphic: Attendance Works)
Chronic absences increasing the chances students will fall behind or drop out
Two schools in the Bryan ISD in Texas were the inaugural recipients of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award launched earlier this year. (Photo: Bryan ISD Sports Medicine Department)
Safe Sports awards given to districts taking steps to ensure wellbeing of student athletes
While some districts lean toward year-round schedules, others shortening the week as budgets drop
California district analyzing students’ public posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media
Students in Denver Public Schools swipe a bus pass before they get on or off. The date, time, and location are recorded on a secure website that parents and administrators can access.
Denver Public Schools equipping buses with kiosk where students swipe passes before they get on or off
Cash-strapped districts can consider sharing a CIO with a neighboring district
Fairfax County Public Schools working to move start of school from 7:20 a.m. to 8 a.m., or later
Graduation rates have risen from 80 to 97 percent while Sheila Harrity has been principal of Worcester Technical High School in Massachusetts.
Richard Lyons, superintendent of Regional School Unit 22 in Maine, honored by New England Association of School Superintendents

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