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Common Core app adoption: Tips for administrators

The constantly expanding world of mobile education means apps have become the tech of choice for implementing the Common Core. Administrators must now wade through hundreds of Common Core-aligned apps to determine which will get the best results.

Do soundtracks improve reading comprehension?

A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K12 realm for boosting reading skills. But some researchers remain skeptical of its claim of increasing achievement without additional instruction.

School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly require students to have expansive digital literacy skills.

Physical and sexual abuse: A harsh reality facing your school

Physical and sexual abuse in schools, once seen as an isolated local concern, is now a national issue. A Congressional report estimated that as many as 4.5 million K12 students are subject to sexual misconduct and physical or verbal abuse.

5 tips for expediting the teacher hiring process

Having great educators in the classroom is one of the keys to fostering successful students and an effective school—but finding top-tier educators can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. And the hiring process is especially challenging in today’s landscape.

Rolling out blended learning

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. Here are seven main considerations for rolling out a successful blended learning platform.

What to do when district mistakes go viral

At one point or another, school districts find themselves in the glare of a harsh media spotlight. Sometimes a well-intentioned decision backfires. In other cases, an employee’s inappropriate or illegal behavior sparks outrage. Within days, or even hours, the news goes viral and the whole world seems to know.

On Topic: Ending the one-sided conversation

Perrin-Whitt CISD Superintedent John Kuhn’s new book, "Fear and Learning in America: Bad Data, Good Teachers, and the Attack on Public Education," makes a pitch for sensible education reform.

A career ladder for the superintendency

Research shows that good teachers and principals are highly correlated with higher student achievement. Research also shows effective district leadership is also vital for high student achievement.

School districts dive into cooperative commerce

National and regional cooperative purchasing groups have long offered districts cost savings through pre-negotiated vendor contracts for commodities like office supplies. But co-ops are expanding their reach, enabling districts to save on construction as well as facilities’ products and services.