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Rethinking professional learning in the digital age

When planning the implementation of a huge technology initiative, where audio enhancement and camera technologies would be placed in 552 classrooms over the summer of 2013, one school district's technology director says he knew that the key to success was rethinking how professional learning is delivered.

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Protecting student data in the age of marketing and advertising

District CIOs need to have a complete understanding of a district’s legal obligations to protect student data as more student information is stored with online, third-party providers and parents’ privacy concerns reach new heights, technology experts say.

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Social media tips for teachers

Social media can be a gray area in education. But with training, open dialogue and strategic planning, social media can provide dynamic learning opportunities and prepare students to be better digital citizens.

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Noteworthy Books: Reading picks for district leaders

This month's recommended reading for district leaders includes books on the levers that improve learning, creating student-engaged assessment systems and integrating technology successfully.

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M. Night Shyamalan seeks secret to closing achievement gap

M. Night Shyamalan, best known for writing and directing such films as The Sixth Sense and The Village, recently took on the role of education researcher, trying to discover the “secret recipe” to successful education in the United States.

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New Jersey schools to teach social media

New Jersey middle schoolers next year may be assigned to tweet and post Facebook updates as part of new classes on social media and internet use.

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Blended learning models taking hold in California schools

Blended learning is becoming entrenched in California schools, but elementary schools and high schools are taking different approaches when integrating learning technology.

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How can schools develop transformational leaders?

Districts looking for transformational leaders to turn around schools may find more success by rigorously training their own teachers and assistant principals for leadership roles, according to a recent report.

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7 design principles for superintendent evaluations

All across the country, discussions around improving educator effectiveness and evaluation have become synonymous. Forces from state houses and federal agencies compel us to engage in the work of redesigning evaluation systems and to devise ways of using student outcomes as a significant part of that effort.

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