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Districts of Distinction: Paving new paths to success

The 30 school systems honored in this round of our Districts of Distinction national recognition program have shown courage and creativity in launching initiatives that have narrowed achievement gaps, enhanced professional development and brought greater equity to education.

Net-zero schools save big

Districts recovering from the recession and in need of new buildings and renovations can save money over time by building net-zero energy schools, architects say. A net-zero building produces more energy than it consumes within the course of a year.

Investing in sustainable schools with no upfront costs

New partnerships between districts and energy service companies provide much-needed funding for school sustainability upgrades that can range from installing efficient lighting to renovating entire buildings.

Asking edtech vendors the tough questions

While technology infiltrates every aspect of K12 operations, CIOs must negotiate with various vendors to ensure students and educators can make the most out of new software and hardware. Here, tech experts provide key questions for CIOs to ask vendors.

Is healthcare required for full-time substitute teachers?

School districts beware: Labor attorney sees signals that the IRS intends to force schools to treat genuine substitutes as full-time to perhaps reduce the incentive to hire more subs and fewer regular teachers.

Maximizng your education apps

Getting the right education apps into classrooms isn’t as easy as reading reviews, doing a quick download and making a link available to staff.