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Articles by Don Parker-Burgard
District Administration, Jan 2010
New Curriculum Explores 9/11
Lesson plan that discusses the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
District Administration, Nov 2009
Gates Offers Help on “Race” Application —But with Strings
Eight criteria needed to be eligible for funds.
Next on the ARRA Agenda: The i3 Fund
Investing in Innovation aims to close achievement gaps, improve teacher effectiveness, reduce dropout rates.
Composting Program Reduces Waste and Saves Money
Bellingham (Wash.) School District learns a few tips.
Critics See Problems in New York City Charter Study
Study does not compare apples to apples.
Duncan Calls for “Sea Change” in Education Schools
Programs need revolutionary change, accommodating a range of learning styles.
Exemplary Administrators Honored at ASBO’s Annual Meeting
Awards honor greater efficiency and cost-effective projects.
New School Opens in Former Kmart
A Florida district accommodates more students in an abandoned store building.
High School Campus Weaves in City’s Industrial Past
A Massachusetts district won a citation for campus planning.
New Bond Program for School Construction and Renovation
Allows states and districts to purchase land, build new buildings and/or renovate.
District Administration, Oct 2009
ACLU Says Police Officers in Schools Need Guidelines
Report lays out framework that establishes officers' roles in school.
Solar Lights Provide Safety and Revenue
Adopt-a-Watt brings solar-powered lights to bus stops.
A High-Tech Twist on the College Fair
Virtual college fairs get more popular, appeal to tech-savvy students.
$3.5 Billion in Title 1 Grants on the Way
More federal funds dedicated to raising student achievement.
Almost There? The Road to Common Standards Reaches a Milestone
Two organizations helping to mold the Common Core State Standards
Using Wind to Save a Reading Program
Shallowater (Texas) schools creates energy savings to fund reading.
District Administration, Sep 2009
Cabinet Trio Prepares for Swine Flu in Schools
The Obama administration is taking the possibility of a severe swine flu outbreak in schools seriously.
Fort Worth ISD: All Systems in Place?
When school closed for one week last April, the district continued the learning process using EdTV.
Science Cafés: Real Science, Plus Cake
A science teacher in Oviedo, Fla., arranged their first program last September.
California Dreaming about Race to the Top?
Fearing that the state will be ineligible, Superintendent Ramon Cortines is attempting to bypass the system.
“Firewalls” Could Impact Other States’ Eligibility
Several states have lifted or eliminated caps on charter schools.
Nelson Smith: Charter Schools’ Chief Advocate
The president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools discusses the state of the charter school movement today and the challenges that lie ahead.
Training Turnaround Leaders
The University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program equips principals and other administrators with the skills needed to bring about deep changes.
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