Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, March 2014

Students in the app development class at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, N.Y., met with hearing-impaired community members.
STEM students at Queens, N.Y., high school have series of apps on Google Play store
Kevin Kinker of K-9 Interventions brings his search dog Anna to Mona Shores Public Schools. Anna can detect drugs, alcohol and guns.
Dogs can detect prescription drugs, alcohol, guns and explosives without having to open bags, lockers or cars
Though just 19 percent of California’s elementary schools are using blended learning, another 20 percent are planning implementation.
Elementary schools using different model than are high schools
Chris Bierly is the co-author of a report on how schools can develop leaders internally.
Most districts lack an effective model for identifying, encouraging and developing an internal pool of qualified future leaders
Students in grades 6 through 8 will take class that will teach appropriate use of various social media sites
Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is leading a new digital education nonprofit called the Digital Learning Institute.
Also: New York state lawmakers call for delay in Common Core tests
Students at the GSA Network’s Queer Youth Advocacy day last spring in California advocated for the School Success and Opportunity Act. (Photo: GSA Network)
Student Success and Opportunity Act allows transgender students to participate in all school activities irrespective of the gender listed on records

District Administration, February 2014

is Van Roekel speaks at a recent conference, sponsored by the Education Writers Association and held at the University of Chicago, about teacher evaluations. Next to him, from his left are:
New laws and policies empower administrators to dismiss ineffective teachers
Author of guidebook says highest achievers have become an 'afterthought'
Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers visits the Pewaukee School District to observe the Baldrige education criteria in action.
Pewaukee School District wins Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Leading organizations urge more support for teachers
Students participating in the virtual field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden watched horticulturalists demonstrate tree removal and the environmental impact of an invasive beetle.
Google+ program helps classrooms confined by budget cuts explore the world outside of school
U.S. students score average in reading and science, below average in math on international assessment
Students in the rural Spartanburg School District 3 in Glendale, S.C. benefitted from technology infrastructure upgrades and a new 1-to-1 program.
Most school networks are designed to support one computer per five students
One in five students starts school before 7:30 a.m., and many get on the bus before the sun rises.
Early start times don’t match the adolescent biological clock, one expect says
Former principal and superintendent Carmen Fariña is the new chancellor of New York City Public Schools.
Also: Dana T. Bedden becomes superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Virginia
St. Louis-area high school renovated to allow for more flexible, collaborative spaces

District Administration, January 2014

Administrators are examining results in hopes of raising student achievement
Students at Lewis and Clark High School in the Vancouver, Wash., work in small groups as part of their typical school day. 
Four models for personalization pay off in K12 districts
A math lesson using ST Math is part of the new blended learning program at Ketcham Elementary School in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Experts say don't buy devices without first making a plan
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