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Confronting racial inequality in our schools

Politicians often express concern over the widening achievement gap between black and white students in this country. But there was a time when that gap was reduced by as much a half. The reason? Integrated schools.

Forecast 2016's biggest education trends

Here's your chance to contribute insight and perspective on the year ahead for our special January 2016 Outlook edition—and establish your credentials as a trend forecaster. To participate, please follow the link to fill out a short form.

Language learning seeks depth

Preparing students for an increasingly global workforce means teaching them not only how to speak a second language, but how to think critically in that language and have a deep understanding of the culture and geography that are embedded in it.

School counselors' influence grows

With national attention intensifying on preparing students for college and careers, the nation’s estimated 103,000 school counselors in K12 schools are playing a more critical role in preparing students for life after graduation.

Districts of Distinction inspire student success

The 35 school systems honored in this round of District Administration’s triannual Districts of Distinction awards program represent creative initiatives from 19 different states that have successfully prevented dropouts, increased college acceptance rates and fostered early language skills for children in poverty.

Transformative chief leads voc-tech charge

When Sheila M. Harrity became superintendent-director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District—better known as Monty Tech—she hit the ground running, transforming programs and searching out partnerships to ensure her students find good work right out of school or attend college.

DA’s annual Education Outlook survey

How will the major trends in education affect school districts in 2016? How will new standards, technology and changing demographics impact success? We want your opinion—please follow the link to participate in the 10-question, 5-minute survey. Results will be published in our January 2016 Look Ahead edition and online.

Watch live stream from the Alabama Educational Technology Association symposium

District Administration is live-streaming key sessions from the Alabama Educational Technology Association's 16th annual Fall Symposium. In today's session, Beatriz Arnillas, an edtech director at Houston ISD, offers viewers new ideas and techniques related to the effective and equitable use of educational technology.

Moving education beyond the report card

Education professor Cathy Vatterott says that grades have come to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In her new book, Rethinking Grading, she advocates for a standards-based approach that more accurately demonstrates learning through mastery.

Watch live streams from the Alabama Educational Technology Association symposium

District Administration will live-stream two key sessions from the Alabama Educational Technology Association's 16th annual Fall Symposium today and tomorrow. In sessions led by thought leaders Scott Smith and Beatriz Arnillas, viewers will discover new ideas and techniques related to the effective and equitable use of educational technology.

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