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, Nov/Dec 2011

With the U.S. Department of Education receiving a minimal increase in allotted spending, the House and Senate have begun debates as to how the money will be spent.
The federal Department of Education has been a source of criticism on the GOP presidential campaign trail.
Vickie Hallock, supervisor of elementary education at the Penn Manor (Pa.) School District, introduces engineering at the elementary level.

District Administration, October 2011

Andy Berning, Director of Technology, Carrollton-Farmers Branch (Texas) ISD.
Lizzy Kloiber, secondary curriculum director of Celina (Texas) Independent School District knew the district needed coaches, and was determined to find a way to pay for them.
Transparency, student data and modernization were the goals of Oklahoma State Education Superintendent Janet Barresi when she took office.
The rural community of Chapman, Kan., school district's restoration project will be completed January 2012.
Seven organizations have united to provide advice on issues related to the implementations of the mathematics curriculum and assessments
The School District of Manatee County (Fla.) has implemented a new wellness program.
Northeast Yucai Oxford International High School, a first-of-its-kind public school, opened its doors in Shenyang, China, this fall.
People in the news.

District Administration, September 2011

As districts across the country debate the boundaries of social media in the class room, Missouri took an unprecedented step by passing the first statewide law banning teachers from individual communication with their students on social networks.
While CEOs in the private sector are raking in millions, school superintendents in 2011 are having to defend their earnings.
Educators memorialize events of 9/11 at their schools and in their curriculum
Next Generation of Science Standards will be available next fall.
At-risk students build character, increase life skills while interacting with horses.
Alberto Carvalho's new line of products for the new school year include increased school choice, healthier food, and an emphasis on technology.
To encourage curiosity in reading among students, Superintendent Edythe Austermuhl mingles with students in their classrooms, hold informal book talks, and find new readings.
LAUSD's "I'm In" campaign promotes healthy lifestyles and invites districts locally and nationwide to join in the effort.
The FCC launches pilot program, "Learning On-the-Go"

District Administration, Jul 2011

migrant child worker
A new documentary exposes the plight of migrant children farm workers.
candlelight vigil for Tyler Clementi
New Jersey's tough bullying law with require schools to develop safety teams, investigate complaints and set a deadline for resolving issues.
School librarians are preparing for the Common Core and its new emphasis on 21st-century skills including information literacy, primary resources, independent thinking and complex texts.