What makes community engagements meaningful? For many district leaders, meeting community members face-to-face captures the spirit of meaningful engagement but falls far short when it comes to representing the broader community’s wishes.
Virtual learning can offer a variety of benefits to districts as well as students. Implementing virtual and online learning can help to ensure that students are ready for college and career, as well as compensate for teacher shortages in critical areas, help to meet the requirements of the Common Core and state standards, and get the most out of limited budget resources.
The importance of engaging students in meaningful mathematical discussion has long been identified as an essential component of students’ mathematics learning but has come to the forefront with the more rigorous college and career readiness standards. When students share and exchange their ideas, they are able to reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others in a collaborative and supportive learning environment.
The changing landscape of K12 education in the 21st century has transformed the role of the school principal. Today the expanded leadership responsibilities of principals have made them more crucial than ever to the success of a school district.
Administrators at Barrington Community Unit 220 School District (Ill.) realized they had a critical need for better organization and proper tracking of educational resources—including textbooks, tablets, STEM devices and special education equipment—a few years ago. The need grew as they began to implement a 1-to-1 program and the district was flooded with even more resources to manage.
As part of a bigger plan to streamline operations and cut costs districtwide, Tecumseh Public Schools hired Mike Smith as director of facilities to establish a maintenance and facilities plan in 2014. There had been minimal preventive maintenance and facilities processes in place before that for the district of 2,500 students in southeast Michigan.
While administrators have access to more data than ever before, too often they are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and are unable to use it strategically. But, the right tools can transform this challenge into an opportunity. Creating dashboards can give district leadership the ability to analyze enormous amounts of disparate data in a simple, visual way, resulting in more effective and informed decision-making throughout the school system.
By fall 2014, figuring out how to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards was critical for administrators in Glendale USD.
The number and variety of courses that can be offered in a small rural district is often limited. That was not acceptable to Erik Belcher, superintendent of Fayette Local School District in northwest Ohio.
Computer adaptive tests (CAT) are really growing in
popularity. With an adaptive model, which technology
clearly facilitates, great efficiencies are gained.
One of the newest technologies being applied in K12 today is 3D printing, particularly in integrated STEM courses. This new technology also has potential application beyond engineering classes, providing creative ways to enhance the curriculum in a variety of other subjects.
More than 14.5 percent of the population of Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is comprised of students categorized as Limited English Proficient.
Oxford High School, in Oxford, Mississippi, is a small-town school with big expectations. In 2011, when the district needed to accommodate growth in its student population, administrators partnered with Johnson Controls. Three years later, they opened a high-tech, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art, secure school to more than 1,000 students.
While administrators have more student information available to them than ever before, the challenge is to use this data effectively and strategically to ensure that students are learning and achieving at high levels, and that district resources are allocated efficiently.
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) in Maryland was challenged to increase student engagement and to use technology to facilitate learning. The DigitalHARFORD initiative was established two years ago to help infuse the right digital tools and content into newly created active learning environments to inspire all students in the district’s 54 schools. To fulfill that mission, the appropriate solutions had to be chosen and implemented successfully.