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NEW ARRIVALS—Teaching interns visit the remote Shaktoolik community in the Bering Strait School District as part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks program that guides nonnative educators looking to infuse instruction with local culture.
8/17/2018

How PD enables K12 educators to create an inclusive environment that allows all learners to thrive.

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DA Staff
August, 2018

Twenty-six states have digital learning repositories where vetted, curated instructional content and material is available to all educators in the state.

Alison DeNisco
August, 2018

Recent school shootings in Florida and Texas have driven interest in specialized policies that prevent costs from piling up after a crisis.

Ray Bendici
August, 2018
HANDS-ON STEM—As part of Iowa’s STEM externship program, science teachers from around the state work in real-world science settings, including in working laboratories and in the field doing environmental research.

Externship programs offer hands-on experience and the opportunity for creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication that better inform instruction and boost teacher confidence.

Alison DeNisco
August, 2018

The reach of K12 bulk purchasing and co-op agreements has expanded substantially as more districts join to save substantial amounts on everything from software to playground equipment, according to a recent AASA report.

Steven Blackburn
August, 2018
FACULTY SCHOOL SPIRIT—To ensure library equipment would not get damaged during the expansion, librarians, custodians and the facility manager at Donaldson Primary School teamed to move furniture and technology to nearby meeting and supply rooms with air conditioning. Upon the library’s completion, the team moved the items back.

To accommodate growth in enrollment, a renovated, expanded library and a new 8,840-square-foot wing with four classrooms now stand at Donaldson Primary School.

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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.