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Calling all Districts of Distinction

If your school system is leading the way with an innovative project that is improving student outcomes, streamlining operations or meeting community needs, it could be a District of Distinction. Dozens of school systems have been honored by Districts of Distinction, a national recognition program that highlights new ideas that work.

Calling all Districts of Distinction

District Administration's national recognition program honors school districts that lead the way with new ideas that work. Districts of Distinction recognizes established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that can be replicated by other districts. Apply for the next round before April 15.

Online lessons bring Spanish to remote Texas schools

Guthrie Virtual School provides state-mandated Spanish instruction to about a half-dozen remote Texas towns that couldn’t afford to hire a full-time certified teacher.

Washington state requires Native American curriculum

All K12 schools in Washington are mandated by a new state law to teach Since Time Immemorial, a curriculum that focuses on the history and culture of the state’s 29 federally recognized Native American tribes. All 29 Washington tribes contributed to the curriculum.

Google complaint highlights continued privacy concerns

In December, a nonprofit digital rights group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is using its ubiquitous access to educational devices to mine student data so it can better target advertising at students.

Why aren’t more black students identified as gifted?

Black elementary school students are half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted elementary programs in math and reading—even with comparably high test scores. But the racial gap in giftedness disappears when black students have a black teacher, according to a study.

Melting the glacier in "Ice Age Schools"

In their book, Transforming Ice Age Schools: A Practical Guide for School Leaders, Leighangela Brady and Lisbeth Johnson argue that, beyond superficial “fixes,” little has changed in the underlying structure of education. The result: students unprepared for the complex challenges that await them after high school.

Graduation rates for disabled students stagnate

While national graduation rates hit an all-time high of 82 percent in 2014, the trend for students with disabilities remained flat at nearly 63 percent. In three states, students with disabilities graduated from high school at half the rate of their non-disabled peers.

Long live aging edtech

Old computers may not be trendy, but as school tech budgets shrink or stagnate, administrators squeeze more life out of aging devices. Recycling and retrofitting, and hooking up to the cloud, lets districts delay or even abandon established schedules for buying new equipment.

Story & Slideshow: Canines in the classroom

School’s certainly in session for canines throughout the nation: Therapy dogs, security dogs, and service dogs walk the halls alongside students in many schools. Here is a look at five more districts that have welcomed canines into classrooms in recent years.

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