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DA - School spending: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?

Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning—these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions.

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Superintendent shares tale of school district turn-around

With several schools in Academic Assistance and test scores lagging behind the state average, St. Mary Parish Public Schools (Louisiana) knew powerful change was needed. Over the last 10 years, we launched a number of initiatives to turn around our district and eliminate the concept of low-performing schools.

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Teachers take charge of mobile devices

Mobile device management is now a central part of classroom supervision as teachers compete with laptops, tablets and phones for students’ attention. The ability to freeze a device’s screen, block inappropriate apps or lock students into particular educational content are key functions.

San Diego USD gets armored vehicle

City schools police have obtained their own military-grade mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through a federal grant. The armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus.

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Whiteboards advance to meet classroom technology needs

The standard whiteboard is evolving to keep up with advancements in learning technology. With today’s newer models, several students and teachers can work together on the same surface at the same time. Corresponding mobile apps also allow students to collaborate on their BOYD or 1-to-1 devices.

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Superintendent Peter Noonan helps launch PLCs in Virginia county

City of Fairfax Schools' leader has been a champion of professional learning communities for teachrs and administrators in large and small distrcits, and has seen results in increased AP participation and higher test scores and improved discipline.

Pros and cons of school uniforms from ProCon.org

ProCon.org, a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking on controversial topics, debuted a new website, http://school-uniforms.procon.org. The resource site delves into the pros and cons of mandatory school uniforms using the latest studies, perspectives and research.

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Breaking the endless education reform cycle

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about the education, it is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Teachers have been alternately seen as saviors of society and “bad guys” who drain precious tax resources while our children fall further behind.

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Drilling down on education data

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting “data coaches” with the teachers’ own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise.

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Pressure on paraeducators

Paraeducators are no longer on the periphery of the classroom. Now a significant part of the learning process, they are facilitating one-on-one and small-group instruction among special needs students.