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District Administration, November 2018

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Features

School administrators more closely assess the social-emotional strengths of students and the impact of new programs.

With the manufacturing industry increasingly seeking workers with more advanced tech skills, high school career and technical education programs now focus heavily on robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help students jump-start potentially lucrative careers.

A student’s name and identity matters. That’s why educators are spending more time on name pronunciation and are even making it part of the curriculum.

District CIO

Students in the Startable Pittsburgh summer program learn STEM-friendly skills in addition to basic aspects of entrepreneurship.

Charging and storage solutions are selected not just for their main functions, but also to maximize instruction time. Here are innovative solutions from district technology officials and vendors.

Opinion

To provide rigorous assignments for students, assess rigor level, revise tasks to raise that level and adjust to ensure students in all grades are working at a level that is challenging enough to prepare them for college and careers.

Nebraska school district’s initiative also expands access to gifted programs.

Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.

Five considerations for successfully incorporating transportation employees into behavioral intervention systems.

Solutions

Fidelity testing concepts can be applied to more effectively evaluate almost any policy, procedure, technology, equipment or training program relating to school safety. Simulations reveal how school personnel will react in a crisis.

Briefings

LRP Media Group, parent company of District Administration, has acquired Atlantic Research Partners’ National Superintendents Academy. The first cohort of the superintendent training program will launch in February 2019.

School superintendents continue to support career readiness by creating opportunities for graduating students, according to the Gallup 2018 Survey of K12 School District Superintendents.

A few Alaska schools are growing produce for ​their lunch programs in communities where some residents have to drive two hours, one way, to the nearest grocery store. The initiative has also increased employment in these remote areas.​

With starting salaries for teachers hovering around an average of $38,600, educators are tapping the rising gig economy for second jobs. This has led districts to consider new policies to prevent disruptions or distractions.

When edtech developers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania asked K12 teachers to wish for a superpower, the teachers imagined student data hovering in midair. Smart glasses can now provide that feedback. 

Noris Price received the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s President Award for her work on student achievement, improvements to Baldwin County School District buildings, and the launch of a Montessori Academy.

As parents increasingly turn to marijuana to treat children with chronic health conditions and severe maladies such as seizures, school district administrators have had to establish rules for the drug’s use on school grounds.

More than one-third of U.S. school districts have elevated levels of lead in school water. Administrators must work quickly to determine the best and most cost-effective solutions for providing safe drinking water amid a lack of national standards and federal funding.

Departments

Keeping Students Safe Every Day, a book about preparing for and responding to school violence, natural disasters and other hazards, offers insights on creating emergency operations plans that follow government guidelines. 

Schools moving away from traditional classrooms now fill their learning spaces with flexible furniture to increase student engagement and productivity.

Most schools have adopted emergency plans to respond to active shooter events. But in a new book, Amanda Klinger reports that these plans often don’t address more likely situations such as severe weather, chemical spills or health crises.