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District Administration, March 2018

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Finding innovative ways to make math matter to students is key to improving competency in all grades.

Managing and keeping track of the many hours of professional development required for a district’s non-instructional staff may be one of an administrator’s more underappreciated responsibilities.

A new movement that promises closer cooperation between higher ed and K12 aims to end this legacy of passing the buck.

Head lice policies are causing controversy throughout the country, as some districts abandon “no nit” rules that require sending home children who have nits (lice eggs) or live lice in their hair.

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Real-world passion projects inspired magnet school students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to design sturdier bulletproof vests and faster sails, among other innovations.

Instructional technology directors serve as classroom coaches and content experts in districts determined to use devices, digital learning and other technology to their full instructional potential.


Every professional at Knob Noster Public Schools takes seriously our role in educating children of our armed forces.

In 2014, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Leadership created the New Principal Support (NPS) program to reduce turnover and help experienced principals grow.

With the latest season of high school football concluded, now is perhaps an ideal time to consider whether or not there should be another.

Here is a list of non-education books that today’s educational leaders recommend to their peers.


More than half of the states have earned passing marks for developing financially literate students, but nearly 30 percent of states scored a D or worse.

States must provide more information than what’s required on federally mandated school report cards to give administrators and parents a clearer view of the education culture, according to a recent report.

John Gaddis, superintendent of Somerset County School District in Maryland, quells parent frustration over repeated snow-day cancellations by posting humorous videos on Facebook.

California students in fall 2018 will be the first in the U.S. to use textbooks that highlight the historical contributions made by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

More than 2,000 educators from 91 countries and territories responded to the most recent survey from the International Literacy Association, targeting the most important issues in literacy.

The federal government must take “bold action” to make education funding more equitable, says a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

In Oakland USD, girls who were chronically absent and suspended frequently told researchers in a 2015 study that sexual assault and harassment were among the biggest barriers for them at school.


The New School Rules, a book about pursuing education reform, describes effective ways to build team trust and to lead faculty without micromanaging.

Math instruction continues to move further into digital territory, but many lessons still depend on hands-on activities and nondigital materials, such as textbooks.

In Grant Lichtman's book, Moving the Rock, the former administrator outlines seven “levers” that schools or districts can use to begin to pry that rock free and introduce a “deeper learning” model.