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, July 2015

30 school systems honored for innovative programs that improve student achievement
Students at Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco USD celebrate Gay-Straight Alliance Day to promote a positive climate for transgender students.
Law backs districts’ transgender accommodations, including access to all facilities, use of chosen name and community outreach

District Administration, May 2015

High school mentors help teach middle school students about online safety and responsible use of social media at Columbia Public Schools in Missouri.
More districts watch social media for posts in which students threaten others or themselves--and take action
Students at Columbia Public Schools in Missouri have had their social media traffic monitored for the last few years.
While there’s probably no criminal liability, comprehensive monitoring could put schools in difficult positions

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

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