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March, 2015

In Placentia-Yorba Linda USD in Orange County, California, there is a great amount of socioeconomic diversity among the district’s 26,000 students.

“We have elementary schools where every student has his or her own iPad, and some where students do not have access to any technology at home,” says Joey Davis, director of assessment & accountability.

March, 2015

Districts today are often making do with very lean maintenance staffs. One California district, for example, employs only 26 maintenance technicians to service over 500 buildings. In these all-too-common situations, it is crucial that technicians focus their time on fixing problems that require a human touch. Any processes that can be automated, with few maintenance requirements, can keep facilities running as smoothly as possible.

February, 2015

At the 27,000-student Richland School District Two in South Carolina, goals and strategies focus on fostering learning, character, community and joy. To meet those objectives, a 1-to-1 environment was implemented for students in grades 3 through 12.

January, 2015

Fostering a high level of teacher quality is a top goal for many administrators. Included in that process is bringing on and keeping the best teaching talent, as well as continually managing and developing that talent. In today’s environment, districts need to have the ability to access and address detailed talent management information in real time to drive decision-making on everything from hiring practices to professional development plans.

January, 2015

Using community engagement, professional development, custom curricula and digital resources, the leaders of Oak Ridge Schools in Tennessee hope to transform the district into a recognized leader in STEM education. The emphasis is on a growth in instruction, with the hopes that the learning environment will become one of critical thinking, problem-solving, higher-order thinking and inquiry to arrive at creative solutions.

January, 2015

Scott Drossos, Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education Digital Partnerships

January, 2015

Chris Everleth, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of development, and Ignacio Ybarra, Mizuni’s president, identified three trends that are impacting student data systems.

January, 2015

When Linda Quinn became superintendent of Washington’s Ferndale School District in 2009, it was the start of a new era for the district, one that included some unprecedented challenges. “The previous superintendent had served for 19 years, so this was a new start,” she says. “And when I took over, the Great Recession was just starting to have a significant economic impact.

January, 2015

The stand-and-deliver model of mathematics teaching is an instructional technique that is being replaced by a more dynamic and interactive style.

January, 2015

Poudre School District’s Global Academy ranked among the highest in the state of Colorado for student growth across all grades for the 2013-14 school year.  This achievement marks the first time an innovative school using blended and online learning has ranked in the top 95 percent of all Colorado schools—including traditional brick-and-mortar schools, charter schools and other online schools.

December, 2014

When Superintendent Jacqueline M. Horejs arrived at Union School District in San Jose, Calif. in 2006, district enrollment was on a downward spiral. Soon, however, the numbers started climbing. Along with 1,000 new students came a demand for quality before- and after-school childcare for the growing K8 district. Horejs had to look no further than her district’s own Guadalupe Elementary School, which had been using Champions’ before- and after-school programs since 1997.

December, 2014

For the 21,000 students of Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle, the goal of the district’s administrators is to involve as much interactive technology in learning as possible. “With the Common Core State Standards and national science standards, there’s a lot going on right now that’s new for us to address,” says Dawn Moye, blended learning manager. “A Race to the Top grant also is pushing us to increase math proficiency.”

December, 2014

As increasing STEM teaching and learning continue to be goals of many districts, administrators are looking for tools that help encourage more students to pursue future careers in these fields. One of these tools is 3D printing, which enhances the capacity of true science experimentation and mathematical analysis in an engineering environment to support student learning.

December, 2014

A collaboration between educators and a national software-and-services company-one that emphasizes the relationship between school attendance and lifelong achievement-is helping turn a Sacramento school district into a real-time lab for getting parents, principals and students on the same bluebook page.

December, 2014

The New Lenox School District 122 serves 5,400 pre-K through grade 8 students in 12 schools, and is located about 30 miles outside Chicago. The district has been noted for its high levels of achievement, with an average of 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding the Illinois Learning Standards in each of the last nine years.

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