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

All districts face employee issues. Some have learned better than others how to address problems early, before they erupt.

When hiring teachers, districts are more likely to select better candidates if they use screening tools designed to align closely with actual classroom experiences and expectations.

While teacher absenteeism is sometimes unavoidable, schools across the country are following varied strategies toward higher attendance.

Below you can find a list of professional development providers:


Link to main story: PD beyond school classrooms


Kronos, www.kronos.com

PublicSchoolWORKS, corp.publicschoolworks.com

SafeSchools, www.safeschools.com

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES—The apprenticeship program at Newport News Public Schools in Virginia puts employees on track for raises and promotions. It can also help them enroll in college.

Managing and keeping track of the many hours of professional development required for a district’s non-instructional staff may be one of an administrator’s more underappreciated responsibilities.

The following districts recognize the benefits of a diverse workforce and have made it a priority. Take a look at some of their practices.

ACADEMIC EFFICIENCY—Los Angeles USD’s CIO, Shahryar Khazei, has integrated enterprise resource planning software (which streamlines administrative functions) with the district’s student information system.

Some early adopters in K12 education have deployed ERP to manage a range of operations more efficiently.

Cort T. Malone is a shareholder in the insurance recovery group of Anderson Kill P.C., and Jorge R. Aviles is an attorney in the same group.

While the increasing number of concussion-related injuries in the NFL have captured the country’s attention, less attention has been paid to the rise of similar claims coming from high school student-athletes.

Managing leadership transitions is an organizational process with many moving parts, such as mentoring new leaders and engaging new employees throughout recruitment and onboarding.

Matt Miller is the new superintendent of Lakota Local Schools in Ohio.

Matt Miller, new superintendent of Ohio’s Lakota Local Schools, is reaching community members with his social media savviness.

JUGGLING ACT—Mike Peterson, left, and Randy Collins, right, each lead more than one school district in Iowa.

Sharing superintendents is becoming smart business in Iowa. In 2007, the state introduced a program that provides financial incentives to districts that share administrative personnel.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, near Madison, Wisconsin, was facing the potential loss of a large number of substitute teachers about four years ago. The pool of substitutes was filled with retired teachers. Due to changes in retirement benefits, retired teachers would not be able to concurrently collect retirement benefits and work as substitute teachers in Middleton-Cross Plains. 

Chris Wolk is the principal at Avon Center School in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. He is a regional director for the Illinois Principal Association and a certified principal mentor with the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Principal preparation programs continue to place more demands on candidates, in some cases requiring a yearlong internship. 

Hopkins Public Schools, with 7,200 students in K12 near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, was having a problem with an increasing demand for substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year and being unable to maintain a steady supply of candidates.

Human resources staff from the district had to recruit, hire, train and manage substitute teachers, according to Nik Lightfoot, assistant superintendent and director of administrative services.  

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