Table of Contents: District Administration, September 2014

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Cover Story

With the worst funding cuts behind them, many districts have adapted with ingenuity

Features

Feature

A strategic guide for district leaders on cost-effective ways to acquire technology
How to harness power of volunteer groups that bring vital funds to athletics
With the worst funding cuts behind them, many districts have adapted with ingenuity
With limited budgets, districts search for right prescription for the growing role of nurses

District CIO

CIO News

CIOs should make sure refurbished devices are compatible with school software and have sufficient memory
Schools compete for computer science graduates with private sector's higher salaries

Feature

New systems do much more than track grades and schedules

Opinion

Professional Opinion

One-time, flashy anti-bullying assemblies don’t go far enough to address the problem
Perhaps the most crucial argument for embracing online assessments is immediacy
How to manage the influx of apps in education

Solutions

Administrator Profile

Alexandria Public Schools superintendent Alvin Crawley not afraid of tough decisions or having a little fun

District Dialogue

Clinton Community School District in Iowa implements two programs to move its students to next level

Briefings

News Update

In 2013, 15 percent of high school seniors reported using a prescription drug for non-medical purposes
New products target memory, attention levels and brain's plasticity
Goal is to cover all of the city’s 1,300 public educational facilities by the 2016-17 year
Standing desks are now used in hundreds of schools nationwide
Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of high school students who reported using an e-cigarette rose from roughly 5 percent to 10 percent
State funding for pensions fell in all but seven states between 2009 and 2012
Saving money was not a reason for the change, Superintendent Rick Ruckman says
Prince William County (Va.) must re-evaluate certain behavioral interventions
Photo Gallery: Rockford district in Illinois spending $58 million to rebuild all four of its high schools
Since October, more than 57,500 unaccompanied minors from Central America have been detained at the Mexican border
While academic achievement generally continues to improve, it still lags behind most other districts
Meals at 35 schools and three preschools will be completely covered by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Only 37 percent of the districts in the top third in spending were also in the top third in achievement
Original high school, along with four other schools, destroyed by 2011 tornado

Curriculum Update

Multimedia projects can make lessons more engaging and even stem the tide of bullying

People Watch

Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy to focus on boosting graduation rates

Departments

New products for chemistry, biology and physics labs allow more engaging and safer experiments
Authors Charles Reigeluth and Jennifer Karnopp believe education will look much different in the future.
Recommended reading includes books on energizing meetings, literacy and direct instruction