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Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:23pm
When a classroom is sweltering, nobody is productive. More and more teaching days are being lost to hot, humid weather even though there is a way to mitigate the problem: air conditioning. But the challenge is justifying the cost of installation and maintenance at a time when competition for budget money is fierce.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:59pm
Only a handful of school districts attempt rigorous, round-the-clock monitoring of social media traffic to spot threats against their schools or students. Leaders in these districts say the extra level of security acts as an early-warning system that can prevent young people from hurting themselves or others.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:43pm
Data shows that nearly every racial and ethnic subgroup has seen a growth in graduation rates. There are lots of grants out there to continue the progress—make sure your district is ready to go after them.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:26pm
In The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education, Vanessa Rodriguez and co-author Michelle Fitzpatrick go to the intersection of education, neuroscience and daily experience to explore how the mind of a teacher works, and more important, how it can be made more effective.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:11pm
Immersing students at Cave Creek USD with foreign language catapulted them above state average test scores. Superintendent Debbi C. Burdick and the governing board launched a world language program that included Spanish and Chinese programs beginning in elementary school.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:47am
A mentorship program’s $200 incentive for academic achievement is motivating students in a district located in the heart of the declining automotive industry. "Champions of Wayne" was created by a school psychologist who mentored a handful of students and engraved their names on a trophy if they achieved an academic goal.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:41am
Parents have taken over Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter. This has sent device-laden students flocking to social media apps such as Instagram, SnapChat and Yik Yak, and the shift has created new challenges for administrators trying to root out cyberbullying and threats of violence.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:26pm
Presidio ISD, a remote, Title I, poverty-stricken Texas border district with a 98 percent Hispanic population, didn’t let limited financial resources block its goal of cultivating college-going ambitions among its nearly 1,400 students.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:21pm
When four South Carolina districts joined forces in 2013 to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant, their shared educational vision was clear: Teach students to be creative innovators and independent learners. The challenge was finding a model to encompass all the sweeping changes they wanted to implement.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:08pm
Although a strong partnership between the school board and superintendent is widely seen as crucial to district success, administrators and the non-educators filling board seats do not always receive training in how a disparate group of individuals becomes an effective team.