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Districts of Distinction: Student input fuels turnaround

Just three years ago, Eminence Independent Schools in northern Kentucky was facing a crisis—namely, it was failing. That's when Superintendent Buddy Berry launched a student engagement program called School on FIRE: the Framework of Innovation for Re-inventing Education.

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Districts of Distinction: District teams with community to stop bullying

After hearing whispers and anecdotes of mean behavior among students at Elmsford Union Free School District, Superintendent Joseph Ricca formed a partnership designed to diminish bullying in the three-school community.

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Districts of Distinction: Online learning proves VITAL to success

Putnam County School System in rural central Tennessee has increased graduation rates and cut need for credit recovery courses in half thanks to a districtwide online learning program that gives students more flexibility and personalized instruction.

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Districts of Distinction: Pumping up district’s fitness plan

What started as an elementary school fitness program in Boston's Natick Public Schools has evolved into a national initiative to get students moving in creative ways that improve academic achievement and foster lifelong healthy habits.

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Solving the school therapist shortage

More districts now deliver speech and occupational therapy online. It’s a solution for staffing shortages, especially in less populated areas, when therapists can provide therapy, participate in IEP meetings and handle other tasks remotely.

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Evolution of early-college high schools

Ninth graders in North Carolina take all their classes on the campus of a major state university. Early-college high school students in Connecticut can gain an inside track to one of the world’s largest tech companies. Online and blended learners in Michigan can spend a fifth year in high school and graduate with an associate’s degree.

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Think like a mathematician

NCTM conference preview: Teach students math procedures if you want them to solve equations. Instill a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics and get them thinking like mathematicians, and you’ve prepared your students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Schools enter age of student IT

Students trained in IT support are providing teachers with Johnny-on-the-spot resources and bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ lean tech staffs. The eager students provide districts with an inexpensive and much-needed tech resource; and the students gain experience, new skills, and confidence.

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From high risk to productive future

With the national trend of measuring institutional achievement by the number of graduates who go on to the next level of college or career, Superintendent Andre P. Spencer writes about Harrison School District Two's collaboration with the community on a pioneering student success program in Colorado.

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Melding physical and mental fitness in southern California

California’s La Habra City School District, under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Belenardo, motivates its students to get up and moving with several wellness programs that are part of a countywide health and obesity prevention initiative.

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