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Offering innovative choices to students and families is at the heart of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Academic Transformation Plan. Spearheaded by Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders, the Whatever it Takes blueprint offers what he calls "a gamechanging opportunity" for improvement through academic and non-academic strategies.

"In our district, every four years we lose 45 percent of our students, Mr. Chairman," Western Heights (Okla.) Public Schools superintendent Joe Kitchens testified in April before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor hearing entitled "How Data Can Be Used to Inform Educational Outcomes." "We have to do something about this. We have to retool America's schools to deal with this issue of mobility," he urged the committee. Over the past five years, Kitchens and the administration of Western Heights have done just that.

With one year under its belt, Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools embarks on its second school year of collecting data to evaluate teacher effectiveness. The two-year project, currently underway in five other districts nationwide, began in fall 2009 with a Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The data collection strategies include digital video recording, student assessments, student surveys, and teacher surveys.

After administrators at the Liberty Union High School District in Brentwood, Calif., created a test prep class to help at-risk students meet state proficiency requirements, they found themselves constantly reinventing the wheel.

As the operations manager for the company, she oversees the delivery of units to customers—and sometimes a lot more.

Dear Educator,

These days, the economy and the environment are high on everyone's lists of concerns. Here at CDI, we're proud to be part of the solution in both those areas by helping school districts meet their technology goals in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way.

 

Third-grader Makenzie Melton's artistry will ensure that students in her Missouri school district will have access to scores of top-quality recertified computers from CDI.

<i>Lake Worth ISD began buying refurbished computers in 2001. Dru Godwin is the district's technology director.</i>

Through the efforts of a group of fifth-graders from Morningside Elementary School in the Granite (Utah) School District, House Joint Resolution 5 was passed by the Utah House of Representatives, the purpose of which was to eliminate car idling and to encourage walking and biking as forms of transportation. "Travel Wise Get Exercise" was a project entered into Disney's Planet Challenge, a project-based learning competition.

Educators face instructional challenges all the time: diverse classrooms, year-to-year transitions, student mobility. But summer school poses a special set of challenges—distracted students, small staffs and limited class time, to name a few. Finding an instructional program that overcomes these obstacles, and provides engaging content for students with widely diverse skill levels, is yet another summertime challenge.

Educators face instructional challenges all the time: diverse classrooms, year-to-year transitions, student mobility. But summer school poses a special set of challenges—distracted students, small staffs and limited class time, to name a few. Finding an instructional program that overcomes these obstacles, and provides engaging content for students with widely diverse skill levels, is yet another summertime challenge.

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