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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.

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. 

With starting salaries for teachers hovering around an average of $38,600, educators are tapping the rising gig economy for second jobs. This has led districts to consider new policies to prevent disruptions or distractions.

As parents increasingly turn to marijuana to treat children with chronic health conditions and severe maladies such as seizures, school district administrators have had to establish rules for the drug’s use on school grounds.

When considering medical marijuana use on school grounds, be prepared for debate and discussion and educate school board members.

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.

Low salaries, dismal job satisfaction rates, decreased education funding and a general devaluing of the profession detract future teachers and impede retention. That’s why some districts are turning to creative partnerships to boost hiring. 

More school districts now operate winter- and spring-break academies as a way for students to complete courses, retake classes they’ve failed, get a jump-start on other work and increase their chances of on-time graduation.

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