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Standout school systems honored

Alison DeNisco
July, 2016
President Obama visits students participating in the Missouri Innovation Campus.

Meeting students’ psychological needs, improving STEM programs and fueling college and career access exemplify innovative solutions increasing student achievement nationwide. The 24 school systems honored in this round of District Administration’s Districts of Distinction national recognition program found creative ways to raise graduation rates and to build up administrative effectiveness.

New environmental tool empowers high school scientists

Ray Bendici
July, 2016
Macroinvertebrates in cities: Howard County high school students, above, study area streams to check for potential pollution that might harm nearby Chesapeake Bay.

Using a survey tool, biology students in 13 Maryland high schools  help environmental scientists keep an eye on pollution and other factors that might harm Chesapeake Bay or its creatures, including Maryland’s renowned blue crabs.

Zoology and botany magnet school comes to Miami-Dade County

Ariana Fine
July, 2016
Sophomores take their annual slough slogging expedition at Everglades National Park, left, as they explore how slight changes in elevation and water chemistry can drastically modify the terrain and biodiversity.

Miami-Dade County’s BioTECH @ Richmond Heights—a conservation-biology-focused STEM high school that opened in 2014-15 with help from an $11 million federal grant—focuses on zoology, botany, genetics, ecology, chemistry and environmental sciences.

Comprehensive digital math program leads to real growth

District Administration Custom Publishing Group
July, 2016
Tennessee district sees dramatic achievement gains by engaging Thrive™ Math

Upon receiving a special School Improvement Grant to implement a Tennessee-approved turnaround model in 2013, leaders for Shelby County Schools in Memphis selected seven sites to transform. These schools, designated by the district as i-Zone schools, fall in the bottom 5 percent in the state. Douglass K8 Optional School is one of the selected schools.

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