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DA - School spending: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?

Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning—these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions.

Whiteboards advance to meet classroom technology needs

The standard whiteboard is evolving to keep up with advancements in learning technology. With today’s newer models, several students and teachers can work together on the same surface at the same time. Corresponding mobile apps also allow students to collaborate on their BOYD or 1-to-1 devices.

Breaking the endless education reform cycle

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about the education, it is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Teachers have been alternately seen as saviors of society and “bad guys” who drain precious tax resources while our children fall further behind.

Drilling down on education data

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting “data coaches” with the teachers’ own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise.

Pressure on paraeducators

Paraeducators are no longer on the periphery of the classroom. Now a significant part of the learning process, they are facilitating one-on-one and small-group instruction among special needs students.

New training paths for school tech staff

Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff. How then, do district technology leaders and their staff develop that unique set of skills?

ALAS Education Summit

Join ALAS in Atlanta for the 11th Annual ALAS Education Summit, “Transformative Leadership: Preparing Students for the 21st Century of Globalization,” from Oct. 15-18. Breakout sessions will focus on topics critical to school system leaders across the country. Sessions presented include: SFUSD Dual Language Immersion Collaborative on English Learning and Achievement; "Race" Matters in Education; and Leadership in Context: Taking the Lead through Community Change. For more information and to register visit www.alasedu.org.

ALAS Education Summit

Join ALAS in Atlanta for the 11th annual ALAS Education Summit, “Transformative Leadership: Preparing Students for the 21st Century of Globalization," from Oct. 15-18. Attend the Round Table Topic Session Oct. 16 from 8:30-10 a.m. and participate in discussions regarding educational challenges, issues and solutions affecting our school systems today. For more information and to register visit us at www.alasedu.org.

ALAS Education Summit

Join ALAS in Atlanta for the 11th annual ALAS Education Summit, “Transformative Leadership: Preparing Students for the 21st Century of Globalization," from Oct. 15-18. You are invited to the following events: Welcome Reception and Table Tops – Network with your colleagues and meet our Partners, Oct. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.; Fiesta Reception and Raffle, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Pre-Banquet Reception, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m.; and the ALAS Awards Banquet, Oct. 17, 7-9:30 p.m. For more information and to register visit us at www.alasedu.org.

ALAS Education Summit

Join ALAS in Atlanta for the 11th annual ALAS Education Summit, “Transformative Leadership: Preparing Students for the 21st Century of Globalization," from Oct. 15-18. Distinguished Lecture Session panel includes: Dr. Michael Hinojosa, former superintendent Cobb County School District; Dr. Andres Alonso, former superintendent Baltimore City Public Schools; Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District; and Dr. Miguel Pérez, superintendent Jim Hogg County ISD. Come listen to two veteran superintendents and two new superintendents share their stories.

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