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WARDROBE FUNCTIONS—Evanston Township High School District relaxed its dress code after students protested, saying the rules unfairly targeted girls. No disruptions due to students’ clothing choices have occurred since the change.
7/16/2018

“Don’t blame boys’ bad behavior on the way we dress.” That’s the message that led Santa Fe Public Schools in New Mexico to adjust its dress code in spring 2018.

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Steven Blackburn
July, 2018

Digital book platforms now provide more than just reading materials.

Steven Blackburn
July, 2018
Robert Runcie is superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida.

Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, has enacted new districtwide safety measures. Runcie will expand mental health services and training for students, and will provide an active-assailant training curriculum for staff.

Every school will also have a single point of entry and a resource officer or armed security guard, among other protections.

DA Staff
July, 2018

A recent study of completed and ongoing superintendent tenure in the 100 largest school districts shows that the average completed tenure is 6.16 years, while the current ongoing average is 3.8 years.

Source: The Broad Center, May 2018

Pat Olsen
July, 2018

Math understanding at the elementary and middle school levels has increased over the last 30 years, but has stagnated in high school.

Melissa Nicefaro
July, 2018

Jeremy Baugh, principal at Lew Wallace School 107 in Indianapolis, has implemented the Opportunity Culture initiative, where excellent teachers receive higher salaries to coach teams of educators.

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A K8 school district in Southern California was focusing efforts on increasing the proficiency of its English language learners, a population that makes up 32 percent of its students. It also sought to reclassify as many ELLs as possible before middle school—a time when the defeatist mindset usually sets in.

The process to select a new elementary math program for Columbia Public Schools began four years ago. K12 Math Coordinator Dana Hibbard located the highest-performing schools in Missouri and selected their top two math programs for piloting in her district of 18,555 students.

In 2015, Raytown High School in Missouri created a much-needed class for its student leadership organization, Jay Crew, but the course still required a concrete curriculum. So the school adopted the Lead2Feed initiative, a free program of leadership lessons that students explore through activism in local or global communities in need.

For their first project, Jay Crew students led a food drive at a local grocery store for the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, a local nonprofit. They raised $1,000 and collected 5,000 nonperishable food items.

From left to right: Luci Willits, Associate Vice President, Policy, Curriculum Associates; Kristopher John, Vice President, Online Assessment, Curriculum Associates; John Lovato, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Rosemead School District (Calif.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all Title I schools to use evidence-based educational activities. It is crucial that administrators understand not only how the law defines evidence-based, but also how to apply that definition to their decision-making process when selecting the resources that will meet their district’s needs.

This web seminar featured a discussion about the practical implications of ESSA for administrators, and how to analyze and apply education research to help make more effective strategic decisions in a district.

From left to right: Debra Walker Smith and the Hoover City Title I Team, Director of Federal Programs and Testing, Hoover City Schools (Ala.); Mitchelle Kelley, National Consultant, Istation

Holistic intervention strategies for Title I schools that coordinate efforts between all educators and stakeholders are crucial to improving achievement. Through focused professional development, incorporating research-based approaches and utilizing technology, intervention efforts at Title I schools can be the most effective.