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In a survey, readers described how their roles in education are changing and how their responsibilities will evolve in the coming years.

From DA

December, 2017

What is Intel doing to help educators succeed in re-imagining digital learning?

Intel has a long history in education and has invested over $1 billion in education over the past decade. We have a comprehensive approach and education solution expertise based on experiences with more than 300 million students and 15 million teachers in over 100 countries.

DA Staff
December, 2017
Bill Santarsiero is principal of Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury, Connecticut.

Under principal Bill Santarsiero’s leadership, Morris Street Elementary School became one of 30 schools nationwide to earn a National Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education for closing the achievement gap.

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
December, 2017
ACTIVE LEARNING—By incorporating athletic activities into STEM learning, teachers can make practical connections that students better understand—plus, it adds opportunities to integrate a dynamic component to instruction.

Administrators from the Houston area discovered a more effective way of teaching terminal velocity and gravity—by keeping students afloat on 150-mph winds inside a vertical tunnel.

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
December, 2017
MAJOR RENOVATIONS—Sammamish High School was the final phase of the district’s plan to renovate all four of its high schools.

Bellevue School District in Washington transformed its one-story Sammamish High School into a three-story educational facility.

DA Staff
December, 2017
DEALING WITH THE DAMAGE—The severe warping of the district’s two-year old basketball-volleyball court is just one of the many things that Sheldon ISD continues to cope with from the fallout from the storm.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Sheldon ISD in Houston has relied on community support and its own resilience to get classes going again.

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Many states and districts are facing unprecedented teacher shortages. As a result, many have implemented or are expanding existing programs that offer alternative routes to licensure or certification for those seeking to become teachers from another career. 

K12 STEM programs are evolving, incorporating new tools and technologies to better prepare students for rapidly changing college and career environments. Makerspaces, drones, coding and robotics are all part of this next generation of STEM learning that is just beginning to have an impact in districts.


ducators in Bradley County Schools in Cleveland, Tennessee, were faced with some staggering numbers: 48 percent of third-grade students were reading on grade level. That meant five out of every 10 were not.

“We were above the state average of 43 percent,” says Terri Murray, supervisor of Federal Programs/Media Services for the district where 10 of 11 K-5 schools are Title I. “But still, 48 was not good enough for us.”

When it was time for North Kansas City School District in Missouri to adopt a mathematics resource for its elementary school students, a select pool of teachers was asked to evaluate several resources. Eventually, Everyday Mathematics from McGraw-Hill Education was selected as the resource. 

Due to property tax reform in Indiana, the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township experienced a $14 million to $17 million shortfall and was facing tough financial decisions surrounding its capital projects, debt service and transportation expenditures.

To search for efficiencies in transportation, Superintendent Jeff Butts engaged with Transfinder, specifically looking to leverage their software solutions and expertise in transportation routing, scheduling and communications.