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Report: Digital learning shifts from states to districts

Online learning activity in public districts has overtaken state-level virtual schools and charters. With more affordable online options, growing teacher and CIO expertise, and improved digital curriculum products, schools can more easily adopt blended learning models.

Schools gain cloud confidence

A convergence of market maturity, increased availability of high-capacity bandwidth and a track record of security has more K12 districts trusting their mission-critical administrative software to the cloud.

Diabetes care needs a boost in many schools

A number of schools fail to provide routine care such as blood sugar monitoring and insulin shots for a growing number of diabetic students—in violation of federal law, health experts say. Since 2011, parents have filed nearly 400 federal complaints nationwide alleging schools declined to provide proper care.

Greening school cleaning supplies

The health risk posed by products with potential carcinogens that pushed Columbia Public Schools in Missouri to adopt simpler, more cost-effective—and ultimately greener—methods. Yet, most district leaders say removing all chemicals is nearly impossible.

Schools maximize free content

When Tullahoma City Schools administrators started shopping for new social studies textbooks in 2013, they found only a few options aligned to new Tennessee state standards. Rather than wait for newer textbooks to be released, the district embarked on the ambitious project of creating its own.

Smarter school spaces

The way schools across the country use space has changed. The growing number of administrators now building and renovating education spaces have made student experience a top priority. Educators seek new designs that accommodate collaboration along with 1-to-1 programs and other technology initiatives.

Tackling the teacher shortage

Superintendents are turning to an array of new and creative strategies, such as starting the hiring process earlier, looking farther afield for recruits, offering perks and signing bonuses to new hires, and ramping up efforts to help candidates earn teaching credentials.

How will Every Student Succeeds Act transform education?

Annual measurable objectives are gone, and states now bear the responsibility for establishing appropriate measures of accountability. The law also gives states much more flexibility regarding teacher and principal evaluation.

School leader paves a more promising path

Luvenia Jackson knows students can’t learn when they’re in jail. During 40 years in education, the Clayton County Public Schools superintendent has seen that academic performance cannot improve systemwide under zero-tolerance discipline.

9 Tips: Citizenship in the digital age

The rapid spread of 1-to-1, BYOD and online lessons in K12 districts has brought the concept of digital citizenship—the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use—to the forefront for school administrators.