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

Students must show they grasp a concept fully before they can move on

District Administration, October 2015

Projects in great outdoors among the best ways to teach skills that cut across curriculum

District Administration, September 2015

Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart drives education gains as poverty and ELL needs rise

District Administration, August 2015

Neuroscience-based software has helped educators in Kentucky’s Boone County Schools better pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses.
Districts deploy the science of learning to engage students, close achievement gaps and overcome disabilities

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