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District Administration, January 2018

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Features

The 2018 installment of DA’s annual Outlook issue gives prominence to the voices of educators and experts who share the solutions that are emerging across the country.

In a survey, readers described how their roles in education are changing and how their responsibilities will evolve in the coming years.

Until recently, the quality of classroom instruction relied almost entirely on a teacher’s resourcefulness, motivation and intelligence. Soon, it will also depend on artificial intelligence.

Growing mental health needs of students ranked as one of the major issues facing educators who participated in DA’s 2018 Outlook Survey.

A look back at the year’s top stories sheds some light on the way forward.

What should happen and what will happen in various areas of education over the next few years elicits different answers from educators and from other experts.

Opinion

Districts are increasingly tasked with providing options for at-risk and underserved student populations to address persistent achievement gaps.

I believe in the validity of vocational programs. However, I do have concerns about the context of what is being taught to these students in a rapidly changing economy.

Solutions

How can administrators prepare staff with best practices and reasonable emergency plans? How can you communicate safety to your parents in a social media world on digital steroids?

Briefings

The digital divide still exists, but has shown signs of narrowing over the past six years, according to a recent study of media use by students under 8 years old by Common Sense Media.

Twelve of Nashville’s largest high schools in November began piloting an online test that assesses ninth-graders’ job aptitudes along with their career interests.

Most states have laws mandating health education in primary and secondary schools, but New York will be the first to emphasize mental health instruction for all grades.

School districts are elevating physical education standards and expanding athletic activities beyond traditional sports to provide a more well-rounded education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Nevada recently launched an online reporting system for parents and students, joining a handful of other states and districts in efforts to combat bullying.

A lack of PD for teachers and principals hinders schools from achieving the full benefits of personalized learning, according to an analysis by MAPLE.

With districts facing a shortage of bilingual teachers, paraprofessionals present a rich source of candidates.

During Superintendent Pat Greco’s seven-year tenure, the School District of Menomonee Falls in Wisconsin has won a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row.

Fifteen states, including California and West Virginia, have adopted Discovery Education’s Techbooks for classroom use.

Florida’s charter schools are not required to comply with Florida Building Code requirements for educational facilities.

Departments

Some of the latest models of nontraditional furniture rolling into schools feature sit-stand desks, stackable stools with tiltable surfaces, adjustable tables and desks with bikes.

What if we taught kids how to think, not what to think? That question is the focus of Re:Thinking, a new documentary that inspires educators, politicians and the public to reimagine schools.