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Photo essay: New Language Academy for San Diego USD

San Diego USD’s Language Academy dedicated its newly revitalized campus in July, complete with new environmentally-friendly classrooms and schoolwide air conditioning. The Language Academy is a multicultural K8 school that offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French.

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Graduation rates up, but more work needed to prevent dropouts

U.S. graduation rates reached a historic high of over 80 percent in 2012—an increase of about 8 percent over the past decade, says America’s Promise Alliance. But rates of unemployment and incarceration are higher for people who have not finished high school, and those who do have jobs earn less than their peers with diplomas.

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Sex offender check enhances safety in Florida schools

Administrators at Brevard County Public Schools in Florida have enhanced security this school year with a new system that automatically runs sexual predator checks on all visitors and streamlines the process for volunteers.

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DA - School spending: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?

Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning—these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions.

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Superintendent shares tale of school district turn-around

With several schools in Academic Assistance and test scores lagging behind the state average, St. Mary Parish Public Schools (Louisiana) knew powerful change was needed. Over the last 10 years, we launched a number of initiatives to turn around our district and eliminate the concept of low-performing schools.

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Teachers take charge of mobile devices

Mobile device management is now a central part of classroom supervision as teachers compete with laptops, tablets and phones for students’ attention. The ability to freeze a device’s screen, block inappropriate apps or lock students into particular educational content are key functions.

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Whiteboards advance to meet classroom technology needs

The standard whiteboard is evolving to keep up with advancements in learning technology. With today’s newer models, several students and teachers can work together on the same surface at the same time. Corresponding mobile apps also allow students to collaborate on their BOYD or 1-to-1 devices.

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Superintendent Peter Noonan helps launch PLCs in Virginia county

City of Fairfax Schools' leader has been a champion of professional learning communities for teachrs and administrators in large and small distrcits, and has seen results in increased AP participation and higher test scores and improved discipline.

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Breaking the endless education reform cycle

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about the education, it is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Teachers have been alternately seen as saviors of society and “bad guys” who drain precious tax resources while our children fall further behind.

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Drilling down on education data

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting “data coaches” with the teachers’ own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise.

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