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As enrollment in Arizona’s Higley Unified School District grew from 200 students to 10,000 over the last 10 years, administrators focused their attention on building schools and stocking them with furniture, textbooks and other necessities fast enough to accommodate the growth.

The New Philadelphia City School District is rich with history. In the 1700s, Ohio’s first schoolhouse was built here, and the building that houses New Philadelphia High School dates to 1913.

When Cindy Berck decided to pursue a doctoral degree in education, only one obstacle stood in her way: no such program existed at the time in northern Michigan, where she is director of human resources and grants at Traverse City Area Public Schools.

In the Alhambra Elementary School District in Phoenix, success is infectious. That explains why almost all the schools in the at-risk district have adopted Success for All, the research-proven reading program developed by the non-profit Success for All Foundation.

Interactive whiteboard, small room solution

A leading school in Washington state needed a solution which allowed them to use interactive whiteboards with a projector for a complete interactive learning solution. This school district looked to their education technology reseller who recommended ViewSonic.

1. If you want to use social networking for school work, don’t use Facebook. It’s more of a nonschool tool, and students won’t be thinking about learning or education. Instead, use such sites as Elgg, Ning or Saywire.

2. Update the acceptable use policy.

There are more mobile devices on the market than ever, and many of them have been used successfully in many districts around the country to foster student learning. Here is a guide to some of the many mobile devices to consider implementing in your district.




It was sweet redemption for Wanda Bamberg, superintendent of the Aldine (Texas) Independent School District.


After having been a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education for four years and having made academic progress for a decade, the Aldine ISD finally received the top $1 million prize in scholarship money for graduating seniors.


After hearing the buzz this spring about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and knowing that in a relatively short time school districts in most states will be impacted in many ways, we decided that it was time for a progress report. We checked in with Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Dane Linn, director of the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, who are heading up the initiative.







 

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