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Districts of Distinction: Breaking a sweat at school is good for your health

Seeing an opportunity in health and wellness, Independence School District in Missouri Superintendent Dale Herl developed the Employee Health Clinic and Wellness Center. District employees who enroll in one of six healthcare plans can use them for free.

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Districts of Distinction: An alternative for at-risk students

Instead of giving up on at-risk children—some of whom got into fights at school and were suspended for a few days—Page County Public Schools in Virginia created a special center to cater directly to them.

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Districts of Distinction: Paving new paths to success

The 30 school systems honored in this round of our Districts of Distinction national recognition program have shown courage and creativity in launching initiatives that have narrowed achievement gaps, enhanced professional development and brought greater equity to education.

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Net-zero schools save big

Districts recovering from the recession and in need of new buildings and renovations can save money over time by building net-zero energy schools, architects say. A net-zero building produces more energy than it consumes within the course of a year.

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Investing in sustainable schools with no upfront costs

New partnerships between districts and energy service companies provide much-needed funding for school sustainability upgrades that can range from installing efficient lighting to renovating entire buildings.

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Asking edtech vendors the tough questions

While technology infiltrates every aspect of K12 operations, CIOs must negotiate with various vendors to ensure students and educators can make the most out of new software and hardware. Here, tech experts provide key questions for CIOs to ask vendors.

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Is healthcare required for full-time substitute teachers?

School districts beware: Labor attorney sees signals that the IRS intends to force schools to treat genuine substitutes as full-time to perhaps reduce the incentive to hire more subs and fewer regular teachers.

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Maximizng your education apps

Getting the right education apps into classrooms isn’t as easy as reading reviews, doing a quick download and making a link available to staff.

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How schools create homeschool connections

Driven by a commitment to serve all students, or by a desire to maximize state funding, some districts are offering families that educate their children at home everything from free computers to curricular guidance.

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Unique twists on school wellness

Students ease stress with stretches in school yoga sessions. In another district, students eat vegetables they’ve grown in a school garden. Elsewhere, more students eat healthy breakfasts they’ve grabbed from convenient to-go carts. This kind of innovation is evident across the country, as district leaders find new ways to promote health and wellness.

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