Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:05pm
When S. Dallas Dance became superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in 2012, the district’s graduation rate stood at nearly 84 percent, four points above the national average. But that encouraging number masked the disparity between schools with graduation rates above 95 percent and as low as 70 percent.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:02pm
Beekeeping and raising chickens are among the projects that Maplewood Richmond Heights School District students relish. The district, which covers less than three square miles outside of St. Louis’ inner city, has brought service learning—and student achievement—to new heights.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:47pm
Nearly 50 school districts that are leading the way with innovative and effective new ideas have been named Districts of Distinction, District Administration magazine’s new tri-annual award program. The honorees, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted from around the country, are districts of various sizes and demographics that represent 28 states.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:12am
Teacher preparation programs have been criticized for not providing educators with sufficient classroom skills. But residency programs are now pairing theory with hands-on experience to give teacher candidates the skills needed to improve student achievement.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:44pm
The move toward personalized learning and the ability to deliver resources via the cloud are transforming the way districts purchase digital content for math, reading and other parts of the curriculum. As this landscape changes, district also are spending more on digital resources.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:26pm
High-speed broadband is in and phones are out, according to the recent FCC order to update the federal E-rate program. Administrators will have new funds to expand district Wi-Fi capacity, but will need to make up for lost phone and email subsidies.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:14pm
Districts working to prevent mass shootings and other violent campus attacks are hiring more school resource officers to patrol their buildings, particularly at the elementary level. These SROs, elevated from a more passive role, are now an integral part of school safety planning.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:07am
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:36pm
A student athlete with a concussion doesn’t face challenges only in returning to play. Their injury also can hinder their performance in the classroom, and administrators must make sure students who need rest or have to work more slowly are able to keep up with schoolwork during recovery.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:19pm
Career and technical education isn’t what it used to be. For example, sessions scheduled for the Association of Career and Technical Education’s annual conference in November cover training teachers to use smartphones to improve literacy and how students learn "higher-order thinking” through reading, writing and group learning.