Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, May 2014

Changing laws weaken unions and give districts more control
Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard visits with students at lunchtime.
Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District will share facilities and citywide educational services
Students in a Responsive Classroom school greet one another during the daily morning meeting (left). In another class, after the greeting, students have the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with their peers (right).
Teachers use Responsive Classroom to foster cooperation and create sense of community
Some 93 percent of teachers believe that technology has a positive effect on student engagement.
46 percent of teachers say they lack the training needed to use technology effectively with students
Two schools on California Navy base build "fitness zones" with high-tech activities
Before moving to Atlanta Public Schools, Meria Carstarphen superintendent of the Austin ISD.
Also: Steve Staples appointed Virginia state superintendent of public instruction
Gifted students in the Navigator Program at Minnetonka Public Schools take fast-paced courses with gifted-certified teachers.
In 2004, only two districts had full-time gifted programs; today, 15 districts offer these services
There were 28 shootings in K12 schools and 16 on college campuses between December 2012 and February 2014
School systems in at least 10 states used up the year’s snow days by mid-February
Districts in several states are turning to online learning to make up for missed class time.

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
An AT&T employee volunteer, above left, helps a student in the Boys & Girls Clubs navigate a creative obstacle course to help motivate youth to be ready for successful transition into the upcoming school year.
Fortune 500 companies support education initiatives that blend philanthropy and pragmatism
Global defense company Raytheon has invested $100 million in education initiatives since 2005
Numerous corporations have philanthropic arms that impact education
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