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Margaret Petkiewicz says the adoption of Common Core State Standards in California created a need for a support program for teachers in kindergarten through second grade who instruct in Spanish for the San José Unified School District. 

Petkiewicz, the manager for Bilingual Programs and EL Services, pre-K through 5 for San José USD, says there were resources available in English that aligned with Common Core, but the district did not have comparable Spanish-language support for the district’s 14 bilingual classrooms.

Paraeducators constitute more than one-quarter of the instructional staff in U.S. schools and districts. They play a critical role, from providing behavior support to teaching both academic and social and emotional skills to students. 

Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis is an International Baccalaureate school serving students and parents from 54 different countries in pre-K through grade 12. When the school wanted to design a new playground, administrators wanted to demonstrate its global brand and create an area with a world theme reflective of students and their families.

Stewart Crais, Lausanne’s director of operations, says the school also needed a playground that could fit into a confined area at the front of the campus and add to its curb appeal.

The Every Student Succeeds Act raises the bar of what qualifies as an evidence-based educational activity. Below is a discussion of what that means with practical guidance for district leaders.

Talk about “evidence-based interventions” under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Student success starts at the building level. Can you talk about the influence of the building culture as an “experience” generated by teachers and other certified staff?

The next generation of IT infrastructure, hyperconvergence is a framework that combines computing, storage and networking into a single, simplified, automated and easy-to-use system. It’s a perfect fit for school districts, which have limited budgets and few staff members to maintain and operate their IT systems. In fact, hyperconverged IT infrastructures—even in large and complex environments—can be run and managed by users with no certifications or training beyond basic computer skills. 

How important was collaboration when designing the FirstView® suite of products?

What should change about the current culture of mathematics instruction?

When Kristie Autrey became curriculum director for Mitchell County School District in North Carolina, and learned the state had partnered with Learning Ally, she jumped at the chance to implement it.

How can district administrators make more efficient, effective and strategic decisions?

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