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Learn how charter schools in New Orleans launched a food co-op.

MEAL DEAL—This student at Dickinson ISD near Houston enjoys a lunch on which his district saved money by joining a new food co-op.

How school districts in different regions of the country can save money and prioritize healthy eating through cooperative purchasing.

Furnishing a multiage classroom focuses on flexibility, variety and comfort.

While the focus on grade-level standardized tests keeps many schools bound to traditional grade-level classrooms, others are finding ways to make multiage classes work and say their students are thriving.

Barbara Sargent is the superintendent of schools at Parsippany-Troy Hills School District

Superintendents should involve administrators, parents, teachers, counselors and student ambassadors when looking to bring a new principal on board. Here are five steps to a successful hiring process.

Across the country, districts are cutting chronic absenteeism with an array of strategies—some as simple as mailing letters to parents, and others as complex as offering counseling, mentoring and support services.

Thomas Arnett is a senior research fellow in education for the Christensen Institute.

Innovation is important, but administrators must fully understand the everyday realities in the classroom before asking teachers to implement new initiatives.

Keeping Students Safe Every Day, a book about preparing for and responding to school violence, natural disasters and other hazards, offers insights on creating emergency operations plans that follow government guidelines. 

Schools moving away from traditional classrooms now fill their learning spaces with flexible furniture to increase student engagement and productivity.

HOT WATER—Howard Valentine Coffman Cove School of the Southeast Island School District (193 students) uses wood-fired boilers to heat 30,000 gallons of water for its 6,912-square-foot aquaponics greenhouse.

A few Alaska schools are growing produce for ​their lunch programs in communities where some residents have to drive two hours, one way, to the nearest grocery store. The initiative has also increased employment in these remote areas.​

The Gallup 2018 Survey of K12 School District Superintendents finds that school superintendents continue to support career readiness by creating opportunities for graduating students.

School superintendents continue to support career readiness by creating opportunities for graduating students, according to the Gallup 2018 Survey of K12 School District Superintendents.

LRP Media Group, parent company of District Administration, has acquired Atlantic Research Partners’ National Superintendents Academy. The first cohort of the superintendent training program will launch in February 2019.

Superintendent Noris Price of Baldwin County School District received the President’s Award from the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Noris Price received the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s President Award for her work on student achievement, improvements to Baldwin County School District buildings, and the launch of a Montessori Academy.

VIEWS YOU CAN USE—A teacher wearing smart glasses (right) can see student information projected in an augmented reality platform (left) developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The hovering icons indicate how students are faring on online assignments and if they need help.

When edtech developers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania asked K12 teachers to wish for a superpower, the teachers imagined student data hovering in midair. Smart glasses can now provide that feedback. 

More than one-third of U.S. school districts have elevated levels of lead in school water. Administrators must work quickly to determine the best and most cost-effective solutions for providing safe drinking water amid a lack of national standards and federal funding.

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