You are here

Table of Contents

Aug 2006

If you are a K12 district leader you may qualify for a free subscription to the DA print magazine

Subscribe (free)

Cover Story

Using energy efficiency to make money and improve pupil academics is graining ground in K-12 schools nationwide.


Vision on ice is no different from vision that 21st century schools must have to survive and thrive, according to Angus King, former governor of Maine. In 2002, King used a state surplus to buy laptops for every seventh and eighth grader in Maine.

The hardest thing to quantify is buzz. Webster's defines it as "to be filled with a confused murmur." However you define this word, it was a big part of the third annual EduComm Conference in Orlando this June.

Using energy efficiency to make money and improve pupil academics is graining ground in K-12 schools nationwide.




Q: One might think the job of superintendent in a school system with Rockford's demographics and achievement levels would be easier than most. Is it?



Here are some things we know about higher education in America: how much it costs, which majors are popular, the number of Ph.D.s on the faculty. Here's something we don't know: whether students are learning.


The latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled since 1980. Among adolescents, the rates have more than tripled.

This trend does not bode well for the future health of today's schoolchildren. Those who are overweight are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, increasing their risk of type II diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, some cancers and other serious medical conditions.

Everything Percy A. Mack needed to know he learned in kindergarten. Well, almost: It was actually his first-grade teacher, Mrs. Harris, who helped young Mack overcome reading struggles that let him catch up to his classmates and learn the importance of perseverance.

Hazard (Ky.) Independent School District officials don't boast about the good relationship they have with their local businesses. It's a quiet confidence that if they need help, they know where to turn.

Problem: The Nash-Rocky Mount (N.C) Public School System's network consisted of T-1s that weren't providing enough bandwidth for the district's needs and 11 MB unlicensed wireless towers that were beginning to fail and did not qualify for E-rate.


Teachers Are Still The Most Important Tool

Having a highly qualified teacher, a key requirement of No Child Left Behind, can make a big difference in student performance on state standardized tests and in college preparation, particularly for minority and high-poverty students.


Anyone who has ever had a 9-year-old understands the concept of the unanswerable question. While I've fielded my share from my son Ethan, there is one question he keeps lobbing at me that I can't even make up a good response to. "How come we keep cutting down the rainforest," he asks from the back seat of the car, when we're on a bike ride or sitting at the breakfast table.


Apple Remote Desktop 3

Software, priced per administrator:$149 for up to 10 systems; $299 for unlimited systems (education prices)