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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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Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists

Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study.

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Federal digital privacy proposal restricts use of student data

Companies that collect student data would be barred from using or selling it for anything other than educational purposes, under a law proposed in January by President Barack Obama. Called the Student Digital Privacy Act, it would also prevent companies from using data to target advertising to students.

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How to close the STEM skills gap

Project Lead The Way President Vince Bertram, a former superintendent, says STEM fields will present graduates with the most job prospects and highest earnings, yet there is a disconnect between who teaches those subjects, how they are taught and how they are applied in the real world.

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DA Exclsuive: Ed group wants to halt high-stakes testing for evaluations

Education advocacy group ASCD is calling for a two-year moratorium on using standardized test results for teacher or school evaluations. The move represents a growing push nationally to cut back on testing and limit its use as an accountability measure because it may not accurately reflect a teacher’s classroom performance.

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Be a source for our social media story

More districts are monitoring students’ social media activity or contracting with third parties to spot posts in which students threaten others or themselves. DA would like to interview administrators about how this has provided another level of security for staff and students. We'd also like hear about how administrators have generated community support for these initiatives. To share your experience, please follow the link.

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Be a source for our social media story

More districts are monitoring students’ social media activity or contracting with third parties to spot posts in which students threaten others or themselves. DA would like to interview administrators and experts about the effectiveness and challenges of monitoring social media. To be a source, please follow the link to contact us.

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Hmong dual-language programs preserve culture

educators think of Spanish. But dual-language programs taught in less-common tongues can help families preserve their cultural identities as new generations are born in the United States. One example is the Hmong, an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

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