Table of Contents: District Administration, March 2012

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Cover Story

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers struggling districts a pot of gold—but with strings attached.



2014 will be here sooner than you think.
Marzano says it starts with students and teachers in classrooms.
Predictive Analysis is taking hold in some districts--and getting results.

District CIO

CIO News

The FCC released plans to get all U.S. students, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, using electronic book titles by 2017—in five years.
Although touchscreen tablets work well as personalized tools, they cannot be a replacement for interactive whiteboards, which help autistic students with social learning in a group setting.


If you could put together a staff to make the most of educational technology in your district, what would it look like?


Going Mobile

Transform the classroom into a place where learn-by-doing is practiced.

Professional Opinion

Strong public schools for all our students are the best investment our nation can make.

New Directions

How can we shift our view of learning in a more meaningful way?


Research Center

These programs play a vital role in student success.

Administrator Profile

Maria Ott led Rowlands Unified School District through a major transformation to improve teaching and learning, supported by the Ball Foundation.

District Profile

New evaluation tool emphasizes teacher self-assessment, PD and student data.


Inside The Law

Offering incentives to high school students to complete their courses early is an idea popping up around the country.
Tucson Unified School District under fire for ethnic studies courses.

News Update

Communities, not schools, fund the New Tech Network.
Move over Groupon and Living Social; Schoola is the newest deal-of-the-day Web site, and its mission is to help schools raise money.
Rhee’s grassroots organization, StudentsFirst, is ready to persuade state legislators to reform K12 education.
More than 50 percent of call signs still need to be narrowbanded to meet compliance by Jan. 1, 2013.
The decision to include this discussion in the curriculum and how to tackle it has been largely left to states and individual districts.
Persistent tardiness is rampant in Boston Public Schools as a result of miscalculated bus routes.
How Naviance improved Minneapolis’ rate of college-bound graduates.
The industry-led Transparency Taskforce and the NEA release 403(b) tool.


Predictive analysis can support quick change and raise student high school graduation and college completion rates.