Table of Contents: District Administration, October 2015

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Cover Story

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



How districts find resources to overcome cuts to arts funding and testing pressure
New tech strengthens defenses for students, staff and schools
Financial constraints—and an increasing desire for choice—lead to innovative employee programs
Building leaders update skills to keep pace with learning standards and state accountability
Projects in great outdoors among the best ways to teach skills that cut across curriculum

District CIO


Districts no longer need to trade access for cost when storing important information

CIO News

Windows 10 joins an ever-changing mix of Apple, Android and Microsoft devices and operating systems found in U.S. school districts


Professional Opinion

Fostering equity and academic success through parent engagement
Aligning resources to increase student growth and achievement through meaningful PD
Federal funds diverted from public schools to charters with little accountability.


District Dialogue

Superintendent Sheila M. Harrity brings innovative career programs to her students


Photo Essay

Nonprofit REAL School Gardens works with corporations to build outdoor classrooms at low-income schools

News Update

Schools can play a central role in identifying unmet student health needs
In the first eight months of fiscal year 2015, fewer than 18,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the United States
Of the 2,000 high school students in Albemarle County Public Schools, only 25 requested lockers last school year
An estimated 13 percent to 26 percent of high school students engage in non-suicidal self-injury
District looks to save about $130 million per year

Curriculum Update

New curriculum released by the USDA focuses on threats to crops, plants and trees
Sound Body Sound Mind curriculum focuses on mastering basic physical tasks

People Watch

Dennis M. Walcott will lead review of East Ramapo Central School District, following state investigation

Common Core Update

Common Core exams spur new expectations from state and district education leaders


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