Table of Contents: District Administration, April 2015

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Cover Story

Districts face high costs for transportation, while communities help with food, clothing, computers



Combining PD, project-based learning and real world experience propels student success
Boards and superintendents must define roles, be transparent to work together
Knowing money becomes part of curriculum with focus on future
Districts face high costs for transportation, while communities help with food, clothing, computers

District CIO

CIO News

Discount rates for long-distance calling, cell phones and other services will drop by 20 percent every year starting this year


District leaders need internal and external defenses to keep networks secure


Professional Opinion

Measuring the progress of an engaging instructional program
Providing a high-quality education—against the odds—for all students
How we used online and traditional tools for a coordinated information campaign


District Dialogue

STEM initiative and early college high school program have contributed to a 97 percent graduation rate


Curriculum Update

1 in 3 students says it’s “very true” that technology can be a distraction when used excessively
Eleven states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which cover climate change and also acknowledge human influence
Educators want students to understand segregation had impacts beyond the South

News Update

Programs designed to gauge impact teacher candidates will have on student test scores
Oakland USD's Office of African American Male Achievement develops sense of pride and identity in black male student community
From shootings to tornadoes, canines provide comfort to students
Tennessee's Knox County Public Schools offering incentives
Meaning of 'college and career ready' differs across nation's districts
Digital billboards that resemble large touch-screen tablets placed in schools in two Arizona districts
District plans to provide computers to students as needed for instruction or testing

Common Core Update

Many districts that cut coaches during recession now bringing them back

People Watch

Deborah Gist named the first female superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma


Programs offer the flexibility to exercise inside or outdoors
Nation can’t prosper if all students aren’t succeeding, education expert says