Table of Contents: District Administration, October 2013

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Cover Story

Attorneys advise how parents and schools districts can work together to serve students



Attorneys advise how parents and schools districts can work together to serve students
Outsiders bring expertise to K12 administration, but must learn the mission of education
Twelve months after Sandy, hard-hit districts are in various stages of recovery
Districts provide digital parent-engagement platforms on websites and in mobile apps
School districts try to increase chances that graduates will finish college
Designers create elaborate graphics and engrossing plots to engage students in lessons

District CIO


Schools analyzing everything from maintenance costs to lunch menus to save money

CIO News

Students working on search and rescue technology, robotics, and GPS satellites
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) cuts through clutter of irrelevant search results


Professional Opinion

Over-reliance on test scores to make decisions could produce inaccurate results
New purchasing method may speed up processing time and save money


District Profile

Merrillville Schools learn to close achievement gap as demographics change


News Update

Only 39 percent of students tested met at least three of the four ACT test benchmarks
Sensors in helmets and other technology can measure impact of hits
Women, minorities, and low-income students from these schools more likely to earn a college degree
American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of about 250 students per counselor
Paymon Rouhanifard selected as superintendent of state-run Camden Public Schools
Federal guidelines issued after Newtown shootings recommend more active response known as “run, hide, fight”
More than 18,000 Head Start employees will be laid off or receive pay cuts, and 1.3 million days will be cut nationally
One-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year, according to the National Bullying Prevention Center
Most Americans give the public schools in their community an A or B—the highest rating in poll’s history

Curriculum Update

"STEM Behind Hollywood” program provides free teaching materials that also feature forensics, space, and superheroes
New standards by add classroom lesson plans and activities tailored for preK through grade 12