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District Administration, October 2017

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Cover Story

Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community.

Features

Teachers today have more control over how and when they receive professional development.

Here are five strategies that school administrators are adopting to support the rising demand for special education.

Teachers across the country are creating their own more sophisticated formative assessments and using adaptive learning software to generate real-time information on how each of their students are performing.

District CIO

Graduates of Chicago Public Schools are returning to class—as tech experts who help teachers and staff with computer glitches.

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. high school students admitted to using a connected device to cheat on a classroom exam or project, according to a recent survey.

Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community.

A STEAM learning philosophy is just one of many trends that districts will incorporate more over the next five years, according to the latest New Media Consortium/CoSN Horizon Report,

Opinion

As a cost-saving measure, consolidation can help save a struggling district.

What schools are trying to do to prevent bullying appears to have had almost no positive impact.

I came up with 10 questions that busy administrators might ask to help them quickly and confidently make decisions about STEM ideas that deserve an additional look.

Solutions

Across the country, schools are weighing the pros and cons of practicing worst-case scenario drills without unduly traumatizing students, staff and the community.

As more states consider allowing staff to be armed in the classroom, we present two perspectives.

Briefings

School officials in more than 200 southeastern Texas districts were struggling early last month to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Text messages are one of the most effective ways to keep high school students on track once they’ve begun the college application and enrollment process.

Mold growth at California’s Klamath-Trinity Joint USD three years ago was an asset in disguise.

A drop in football enrollment is forcing some districts to make tough program cuts, and is inspiring others to seek creative ways to keep the sport afloat.

Building a school’s music instruction around more recent artists and hits offers an alternative to a curriculum that’s often based on classical, jazz and marching bands.

Brian Garverick, superintendent of Mansfield City Schools in Ohio, has banned electronic devices in an effort to disconnect students from social media. 

Requiring high schools to offer at least one AP course would help increase rural student access to rigorous pre-college work, according to a recent report.

At least five states, including Ohio, Nevada, New York and Texas, offer special endorsements for high school graduates who demonstrate strong achievement in STEM.

Departments

A wave of new GPS systems not only tracks buses in real time, but allows administrators to map routes, films drivers for future training purposes and provides data on how well vehicles are functioning.

Trish Rubin, former educator and now marketing consultant, provides a step-by-step framework to the nuances of spreading good school news and winning support in her book.