Marion Herbert

Marion joined the District Administration team as associate editor in November 2009 on the heels of graduating from Marist College where she studied journalism and political science. When not writing about herself in the third person, Marion enjoys travel, kickball, nearly any TV show on the Bravo channel, and—as of recent years—K-12 education news. Follow her blog to read insights and commentary from industry events and news in public education. At a time when school districts are pushing bold reforms while simultaneously grappling with fiscal hardships, Marion feels privileged to have the opportunity to report on their journey every step of the way.

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Articles by Marion Herbert

District Administration, March 2012

The decision to include this discussion in the curriculum and how to tackle it has been largely left to states and individual districts.
Persistent tardiness is rampant in Boston Public Schools as a result of miscalculated bus routes.
How Naviance improved Minneapolis’ rate of college-bound graduates.
The industry-led Transparency Taskforce and the NEA release 403(b) tool.

District Administration, February 2012

Many districts have blocked YouTube saying it was a distraction. Its new portal, however, offers solutions to teachers.
onslow county schools project tomorrow mobile learning
An evaluation of a N.C.-based mobile math project found that not only did math scores increase, but teachers changed their manner of instruction and students were more engaged.
The Chester Community (Penn.) Charter School announced that it has filed suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania seeking $3.8 million in overdue funding.
language learning students in China FLAP grant
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) learned in late December that Congress had cut FLAP grant's final year of funding.
New technology that uses one’s eyes to activate the screen, scroll through Web pages and play games makes its debut.
National health associations warn that energy drinks can be hazardous, particularly among student athletes.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten
A new report says charter school union contracts lack many inventive provisions.

District Administration, January 2012

Mounting research shows that addressing the inner lives of teachers may combat teaching stresses.
WPI are Wheelock College are two of many higher education institutions nationwide focusing on preparing its undergraduates to teach STEM topics inside the classroom.
Longitudinal data is improving nationwide, but states must also help stakeholders access this data to inform decisions and improve student achievement.
New state-by-state school finance formula database may offer solutions to fractured systems.
There is some skepticism regarding the effectiveness of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) on the part of those districts that are not eligible to receive them, according to a new study.

District Administration, Nov/Dec 2011

A new Web-based data management system has helped the district launch a balanced assessment initiative.
Teachers are more likely to stay in a school run by a principal of the same race as them, according to a new study.
Paul Romero, CIO at Rio Rancho (N.M.) Public School District
Videogames, as opposed to cell phones, the Internet, or computers, may increase creativity among children.
Memphis City (Tenn.) Schools have found a unique use for Gaggle's social media tools.
ISTE's Special Interest Group for Mobile Learning (SIGML) is expanding rapidly.