Table of Contents: District Administration, Jan 2011

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Cover Story

A controversial measure of teaching quality gains momentum as federal grants spur districts to adopt it.

Features

Feature

Technology spurs the need for new or revised curricula in schools.
Differences remain in how bullying should be addressed.
Districts focus on preventing teen pregnancies and diseases.
A controversial measure of teaching quality gains momentum as federal grants spur districts to adopt it.
Opposing opinions on bullying in schools today make for political wrangling.
Facing what they see as a potential blow to parents in the "Blueprint for Reform," advocates for parent involvement in schools push back.

Opinion

Crisis Response

What can schools do to help create resilient students?

Going Mobile

The world is rapidly embracing mobile, and schools are next.

Online Edge

Kids are using the Web to learn on own, just not in school.

Professional Opinion

Waiting for Superman portrays an unrealistic view of the nation's public schools.

Solutions

Administrator Profile

Superintendent Sheri Allen of Mankato (Minn.) Area Public Schools educates several hundred students of refugee and immigrant families, many of them survivors of poverty and abuse in war-torn Somalia and Sudan.

District Profile

The Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District credits a business-inspired, total-cost-of-ownership, technology-standardization program with their ability to keep pace with student needs.

Briefings

News Update

New white paper from CoSN explains how K12 IT departments have evolved and where they will be a decade from now.
Under the Higher Education Act of 2008, all higher education institutions are required to post a net-price calculator on their Web site by October 2011.
Alfie Kohn, renowned author, speaker, and progressive education advocate, continues his fight against traditional classroom teaching in Feel-Bad Education.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded $1 million to Rocketship Education, a small nonprofit elementary charter school operator based in San Jose, Calif.
A decade since it last did so, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has again revealed the ever-changing characteristics of school administrators.
Many language advocates are hoping to see the Elementary and Secondary Education Act promptly picked up by the 112th Congress in January—with the Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act included.
The United States remained just average in reading and science, while lagging a bit in mathematics, according to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results.

Departments

Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
How best to assess teachers and the topic of bullying has become a topic of national debate.
The latest in hardware, software, books and materials, facilities and the Internet.
Recommended reading for district leaders.
Web sites designed for K12 districts.