Alison DeNisco

Associate Editor

Articles by Alison DeNisco

District Administration, February 2014

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
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