Table of Contents: District Administration, Jul 2011

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Cover Story

Features

Feature

While some districts are making the most of popular social networks, others are not choosing the "Like" button.
Summer learning loss and overcrowding drive alternative schedules.
Advice for new superintendents about to start their jobs.
Recent events in school districts and some states show how divisive this 1960s phenomenon may prove to be in the 21st century.
Technology administrators share strategies for purchasing the products and technology that will be most effective at meeting district needs.

Opinion

Online Edge

It's time to solve problems in the real world, not just at the end of the chapter.

Going Mobile

Critical issue in moving to "Bring Your Own Device."

Supervisors Opinion

We should focus on coaching and collaboration, not evaluation.

Solutions

District Profile

While funding woes and NCLB mandates have led many school districts to cut music programs, Bay Shore, N.Y., remains steadfast in its support of all forms of arts education.

Administrator Profile

Frank Costanzo, superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) School System, partnered with emergency personnel just minutes after an F4 tornado ripped through the county.

Research Center

They improve cost-effectiveness and make common cents.

Briefings

News Update

A new documentary exposes the plight of migrant children farm workers.
New Jersey's tough bullying law with require schools to develop safety teams, investigate complaints and set a deadline for resolving issues.
School librarians are preparing for the Common Core and its new emphasis on 21st-century skills including information literacy, primary resources, independent thinking and complex texts.
New regulations under the California Parent Empowerment Law give parents further rights to change low-performing schools.
In just the first six months of 2011, 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation supporting school voucher or scholarship tax credit programs.
The USAC announced to the FCC that it has identified additional monies to fund FY 2010 E-rate Priority 2 requests at the 80 percent discount level.
Administrators shouldm't only look outside their districts for something new when researching possible products or technology to purchase; solutions can sometimes be found in unexpected places.

Inside The Law

Educators wonder what NCLB provisions will be lifted, what reform models districts will have to comply with, and whether relief will be approved before the start of school.
This summer, the U.S. Department of Education has teamed up with the Department of Health and Human Services to invest in early childhood learning.

Departments

Planning new initiatives in the summertime.
Recommended reading for district leaders.
A new survey found that although high school students, teachers and IT staff overwhelmingly believe technology skills are vital to student success, just 46 percent of teachers regularly assign homework that requires them.
Tracking More Data With Student Information Systems