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Mark D. Benigni is superintendent of the Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut. Lois B. Lehman is the district’s coordinator of grants and special projects.

By publishing, presenting and building relationships, public schools can maximize funding, from nonpublic sources, to aid district innovation.

Michael Cohen is director of innovation at Yevisha University of Los Angeles Boys School in California

Michael Cohen, printmaking and design expert turned educator, says district leaders can use design thinking to address systemic issues such as high dropout rates and poor student engagement.

Barbara Sargent is the superintendent of schools at Parsippany-Troy Hills School District

Superintendents should involve administrators, parents, teachers, counselors and student ambassadors when looking to bring a new principal on board. Here are five steps to a successful hiring process.

Thomas Arnett is a senior research fellow in education for the Christensen Institute.

Innovation is important, but administrators must fully understand the everyday realities in the classroom before asking teachers to implement new initiatives.

To provide rigorous assignments for students, assess rigor level, revise tasks to raise that level and adjust to ensure students in all grades are working at a level that is challenging enough to prepare them for college and careers.

Blane K. McCann is the superintendent of Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nebraska school district’s initiative also expands access to gifted programs.

Matthew Joseph is director of digital learning and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.

Tina H. Weaver is the director of administration for Madison County Public Schools in Virginia.

Five considerations for successfully incorporating transportation employees into behavioral intervention systems.

Trish Rubin is a marketing instructor at Baruch College in New York and is the author of BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning.

How two schools gathered data to help build their brands and more effectively tell their stories. 

Brooke Lawson is the mental health coordinator at Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Indiana.

Early intervention efforts that include open, clear communications with students and their families are key.