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, 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
Parents said 96 percent of students did homework and 86 percent of those students had a designated place to do their work

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
 Tom Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, says students who take remedial courses are less likely to stay in college.
Community colleges allowing high school graduates to earn credit while doing remedial work
Amplify's Lexica sends students into a virtual library that has a collection of classic literature.
Amplify is developing 30 educational video games for the 2014-2015 school year

District Administration, September 2013

But education agencies are “struggling” to find resources to train teachers and principals, report says

District Administration, August 2013

“The Heart of Matter," by Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, says competing nations are focusing on humanities.
“The Heart of Matter” urges educators to keep literature, foreign languages, history, art, and civics as priorities
School administrators can prevent playground injuries and lawsuits by following the S.A.F.E. checklist
Some schools buying new playground equipment are allowing for “perceived risk”—meaning, students sense some danger as they climb, slide and leap, but the chance of serious injury remains low.
Outside challenges have inside benefits for students, experts say