Matt Zalaznick

Senior Associate Editor

Matthew Zalaznick is senior associate editor for District Administration magazine and its sister publication University Business.

Articles by Matt Zalaznick

District Administration, April 2015

Districts face high costs for transportation, while communities help with food, clothing, computers

District Administration, March 2015

Students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Cato Middle College High School begin earning college credit in their junior year and can graduate from a 13th grade with an associate’s degree or professional certification.
Districts rapidly add programs to give all learners jump on higher ed
Maine early-college student Brianna Smith, right, studies water circulation in Portland Harbor with a community college professor.
Students get taste of college before leaving high school support network

District Administration, February 2015

Brian Woods, superintendent of Northside ISD in San Antonio, serves on a regional truancy committee. His district hit a record 96 percent attendanc last school year.
Schools personalize programs designed to bring students back to class
A National Council on Teacher Quality report compared grades given in teacher preps courses to other majors. (Click to enlarge)
Finding of grade inflation criticized by teacher educators
Students may start skipping school if they don’t feel safe, secure or supported

District Administration, January 2015

Teachers participate in an EdCamp session, where the PD agenda is not determined until they arrive.
International network of free, one-day “unconferences” allow educators to set agenda

District Administration, December 2014

Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozens of robust, professional learning networks
No more snow days? Online instruction is replacing snow days in a growing number of school districts.
E-learning could relieve districts of having to add make-up days at end of year

District Administration, October 2014

A Grand Rapids Public Schools interventionist sits with students on an academic assignment while also discussing cooperation and working together—illustrating the teaching component to the restorative justice discipline method.
Districts innovate around behavior as zero-tolerance discipline falls into disfavor
High school students work to defend their computer network at this spring’s CyberPatriot cybersecurity competition in Washington, D.C.
Air Force Association competition among emerging cybersecurity programs

District Administration, August 2014

Digital interactivity, multimedia and adaptability drive student engagement

District Administration, June 2014

School districts using range of devices for real-life demonstrations of math and science concepts
NAO robot has become a virtual classmate for students on the autism spectrum in New York City’s special education District 75.
Lively device helps students in New York City special education district make progress

District Administration, March 2014

Studies show kids learn better after they had exercise.
Districts training classroom teachers to teach PE to keep kids active

District Administration, February 2014

The Oyster River Cooperative School District in Durham, N.H., recently upgraded to gigabit wired connectivity and replaced its legacy Wi-Fi with Aruba Networks. Above, Carolyn Eastman, assistant superintendent, meets with IT Director Joshua Olstad.
How districts can prepare technology for Common Core assessments and beyond

District Administration, January 2014

Fourth grade teacher Joan Meehan works with student Erica Moye. Meehan had the same students in third grade and says they’re making progress.
New Haven turns to a private company to turn around one of its most troubled schools

District Administration, December 2013

 A teacher is trained to use one of the 700 Asus tablets given to educators in Central USD in Fresno. All of the district’s 15,000 students will get tablets in the 2014-2015 school year.
1-to-1 and BYOD programs pose different challenges for district CIOs
Some 48 percent of students were considered low income in 2010 and 2011, with highest rate—53 percent—occurring in the South

District Administration, November 2013

Subjects like history and civics have taken a backseat to math, science and English
College Board says only 43 percent of test takers met the SAT’s college-readiness benchmark score of 1550
Districts reported spending $520.6 billion on “all education functions” in FY 2011

District Administration, October 2013

School districts try to increase chances that graduates will finish college
MIND Research Institute's curriculum of K5 math games, ST Math, is used in 30 states by about 21,000 teachers and 500,000 students.
Some of the nation’s biggest districts, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, use ST Math
In Filament Games’ Reach for the Sun, left, high school students ‘become’ a plant and must find the proper amount of water and nutrients to survive.
Designers create elaborate graphics and engrossing plots to engage students in lessons