Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, November 2014

The athletic trainer at Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas, helps players on the field during the football team’s opening game. (Photo: Renee Fernandes/NATA)
How educators can ensure injured athletes keep up with schoolwork
A teacher candidate from the NEA’s San Francisco residency program leads a lesson.
Residencies allow teachers to spend a full year in a school working with a veteran educator
SROs like Kevin Quinn, above, past president of the National Association of School Resource Officers, teach lessons as part of the job.
School resource officers build relationships with students to help prevent violence
Lawrence Public Schools goes beyond state requirements
Some argue that schools with SROs have more student arrests
Only 69 percent of high school seniors who took the ACT in 2013 enrolled in a postsecondary institution that fall.
87 percent of 2013 graduates who took the ACT said they wanted to attend college, but only 69 percent enrolled
Critical Exposure, a nonprofit after-school program, trains D.C. students to better their communities
The FCC recommends schools have internet access of  at least 100 Mbps per 1,000 users in the short term. The FCC will provide $1 billion per year for  Wi-Fi connections in 2015 and 2016.
New funds coming to expand district Wi-Fi capacity, but phone and email subsidies will end
Superintendent Casey Wardynski says students' social media accounts are review only if the district receives a tip.
Former principal Joyce Gray joins President Obama and Maya Angelou in digital oral history
Districts including San Diego USD received a mine-resistent ambush protected vehicle like this one from a federal program that provides surplus military equipment to local police. (Photo: Creative Commons: U.S. Navy)
LAUSD police decided in September to return three grenade launchers

District Administration, October 2014

KeepNTrack software scans each visitor’s driver’s license and runs a check through a sexual predator database for all 50 states.
Brevard County system automatically runs sexual predator checks on all visitors
K8 school offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French
Graduation rates reach historic high but report also sites factors in why students leave school
Parents from Weigand Avenue Elementary in LAUSD used the trigger law to oust a principal in 2013.  (Photo: Parent Revolution)
California’s Parent Empowerment Act allows parents to force overhauls of failing schools
Volunteers for the Ferguson, Mo. group Parents for Peace welcome back students at Ferguson Middle School in August. (Photo: Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio)
Teachers received guidance in leading productive class discussions about Michael Brown shooting
S. Dallas Dance has raised test scores at Baltimore County Schools since becoming superintendent in 2012.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reaches nearly $68 million contract agreement with school safety agents
Teachers can use products from companies such as AirWatch to manage student devices in the classroom.
Mobile device management software allows one person to update the content and security settings on hundreds of devices

District Administration, September 2014

In 2013, 15 percent of high school seniors reported using a prescription drug for non-medical purposes
The Nervanix Clarity is a headset that monitors EEG brainwaves to measure attention levels.
New products target memory, attention levels and brain's plasticity
Students from Bronzeville Scholastic Institute High School in Chicago use refurbished computers, saving on technology costs for the district.
CIOs should make sure refurbished devices are compatible with school software and have sufficient memory
Using standing desks may help students burn more calories and pay more attention than using traditional desks, studies show.
Standing desks are now used in hundreds of schools nationwide
Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of high school students who reported using an e-cigarette rose from roughly 5 percent to 10 percent
About one-third of all teachers are now contributing to supplemental, voluntary investment programs called 403(b)s..
State funding for pensions fell in all but seven states between 2009 and 2012
Saving money was not a reason for the change, Superintendent Rick Ruckman says
Booster club members attend a session presented by the National Booster Club Training Council.
How to harness power of volunteer groups that bring vital funds to athletics