Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, December 2013

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
District may enlist student hackers to help improve security on iPads

District Administration, October 2013

About 1 in 6 students are now diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to a 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics.
Attorneys advise how parents and schools districts can work together to serve students
Twelve months after Sandy, hard-hit districts are in various stages of recovery
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) cuts through clutter of irrelevant search results
(Photo: U.S. Air Force) Members of the U.S. Air Force and Army examine a map to determine the placement of disaster-response facilities in Illinois.
Students working on search and rescue technology, robotics, and GPS satellites
Only 39 percent of students tested met at least three of the four ACT test benchmarks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates between 1.6 and 3.8 million adolescent athletes experience brain injuries each year.
Sensors in helmets and other technology can measure impact of hits
Women, minorities, and low-income students from these schools more likely to earn a college degree
American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of about 250 students per counselor
Lynn Moody was formerly the superintendent of Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina
Paymon Rouhanifard selected as superintendent of state-run Camden Public Schools
Federal guidelines issued after Newtown shootings recommend more active response known as “run, hide, fight”
More than 18,000 Head Start employees will be laid off or receive pay cuts, and 1.3 million days will be cut nationally

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