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Rolling out blended learning

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. Here are seven main considerations for rolling out a successful blended learning platform.

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What to do when district mistakes go viral

At one point or another, school districts find themselves in the glare of a harsh media spotlight. Sometimes a well-intentioned decision backfires. In other cases, an employee’s inappropriate or illegal behavior sparks outrage. Within days, or even hours, the news goes viral and the whole world seems to know.

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On Topic: Ending the one-sided conversation

Perrin-Whitt CISD Superintedent John Kuhn’s new book, "Fear and Learning in America: Bad Data, Good Teachers, and the Attack on Public Education," makes a pitch for sensible education reform.

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A career ladder for the superintendency

Research shows that good teachers and principals are highly correlated with higher student achievement. Research also shows effective district leadership is also vital for high student achievement.

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School districts dive into cooperative commerce

National and regional cooperative purchasing groups have long offered districts cost savings through pre-negotiated vendor contracts for commodities like office supplies. But co-ops are expanding their reach, enabling districts to save on construction as well as facilities’ products and services.

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4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks--a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

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The Business of: Sports field maintenance

Installing a synthetic-surface athletic field can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Any school district that invests in one and then treats it as a maintenance-free luxury may end up spending a lot more money on repairs and replacements.

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The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

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School building rebounds

Safety, flexibility and energy efficiency are the forces driving new school construction as administrations create buildings to rival college facilities to prepare students for the technology-driven world they will find in college and the workforce.

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Lake Wales Charter Schools caters to students with needs

The Lake Wales Charter Schools district in Florida faces several challenges, including educating a large migrant population and high poverty rates. Superintendent Jesse L. Jackson and his administration have made communicating with ESL parents a priority.

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