Table of Contents: District Administration, Jul 2010

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Cover Story

After having a rich and unique history as an education leader, California starts to crumble under fiscal uncertainty. The third in a three state series.

Features

Feature

After having a rich and unique history as an education leader, California starts to crumble under fiscal uncertainty. The third in a three state series.
Superintendent Carlos Garcia is an outspoken leader for students of all colors and capabilities.
More districts are seeing the advantages of school readiness and preparing youngsters for their K12 careers.
The next generation of standardized testing will focus on critical thinking skills.
School leaders cannot justify doing school safety on the cheap.
Districts are struggling to maintain safety and security when budgets are cut.

Opinion

Online Edge

The federal government finally gets 21st-century learning right.

Professional Opinion

High-profile missing student case highlights need for security plans.
Do we know enough about charter schools to justify a significant expansion in this educational model?

Supervisors Opinion

Overhauling teacher evaluation systems has the potential to undo some of the good work of past reforms.

Crisis Response

It is not only about driving the bus. Student management is vital to safety.

Solutions

District Profile

Last year, Arkansas gave Springdale (Ark.) Public Schools an award for wide-ranging policies and educational programs that promote the health of students, their families, and school staff.

Administrator Profile

Sunnyside (Ariz.) Unified School District Superintendent Manuel L. Isquierdo motivates students through technology.

Briefings

News Update

A recent report out of Northwestern University, "Trust Online: Young Adults' Evaluation of Web Content," finds college students take for granted online information, pointing to the need for public schools to teach these skills.
Washington faces reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act this fall.
New study highlights how central office staff can transform their roles to support teaching and learning district-wide.
The ACLU appealed a case against the Vermilion Parish (La.) Public School District for instituting gender-separate classes.
Text messaging while driving in Lee County (Fla.) Public Schools is prohibited.
We asked our advisory panel of administrators what their districts are doing for professional development as they face tighter budgets.
A new study reports poor performance of minority students, regardless of race or ethnicity, in schools that have mostly minority students since NCLB implementation.
A new study reveals that teacher effectiveness is not only unrelated to the college the teacher attended, but also that teacher effectiveness peaks after 10 years.
Three school districts in Illinois have bonded together to be in the business of wind power.
A small pilot study using Skype in K12 districts finds that that student motivation is the best indicator of success for this new type of virtual learning.
New report documents that the supply for online courses isn't meet the demand.
A new partnership between Dell and Moodlerooms brings cloud computing, software and open source technology together in the classroom.
The gulf drilling explosion on the Deepwater Horizon caused an unprecedented disaster. The most sustainable and forward-thinking answer to prevent the next disaster may lie in education.
On August 1st, the National Collegiate Athletic Association put into effect new standards for online courses high school athletes may take.

Departments

The latest in hardware, software, books and materials, facilities and the Internet.
Recommended reading for district leaders.
Elisa Villanueva, chief operating officer for Teach for America
In just one year, there have been more education reforms proposed and enacted than in the preceding decade.
Feedback from Our Readers
DA Senior Editor Angela Pascopella recently caught up with U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.