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District Administration, April 2018

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Features

Today’s more sophisticated visitor management systems allow K12 leaders to get a better handle on who’s trying to enter (or leave) their buildings—including tardy students.

In Florida’s Collier County Public Schools, educators’ use of social media to connect with parents and the broader community started with “a coalition of the willing.”

While teacher absenteeism is sometimes unavoidable, schools across the country are following varied strategies toward higher attendance.

Many elementary school students in Marion County Public Schools spend more than 20 minutes per night reading with family members. How did Maier and her team of educators achieve this? They eliminated homework in elementary school.

District CIO

Fertilizing “floating” plants with nitrogen-rich fish feces provides real-life chemistry, biology and engineering lessons to high school students working in Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s aquaponic laboratory.

Whether it’s a small district with just a few schools or a mammoth operation that spends billions of dollars, one thing is certain: getting tech support in the right place at the right time is mission critical.

Opinion

There is a disconnect between what students know when they leave high school and what they are expected to know when they enter college and the workplace. So, how do you prevent this disconnect?

Striving to ensure the implementation of best practices that support all learners is critical to academic achievement for diverse populations.

Solutions

The emotionally charged climates following the tragic attack in Parkland, Florida are understandable, but making knee-jerk decisions with a “do something, do anything, do it now” mantra can lead to high-risk, high-liability actions.

Briefings

Dallas ISD’s morning drop-in centers for homeless high school students provide necessities such as take-home food, hygiene products and a place to wash clothes.

On July 1, Cheryl Logan begins her tenure as superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district.

A combination of grants and community outreach allowed Piscataway Township Schools to adopt a “cradle to career” approach to serve its large—and rapidly growing—population of ELLs more effectively.

Schools fail to adequately teach the history of American slavery, partly because teachers lack the preparation to cover it, according to a recent study from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2016, state education leaders, advocates and civil rights leaders gathered together to develop actions to support education equity. A year later, 10 general equity-boosting practices have emerged from across the U.S. 

New California laws make the state first in the nation to adopt human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention education and training for students and teachers.

When hiring teachers, districts are more likely to select better candidates if they use screening tools designed to align closely with actual classroom experiences and expectations.

After February’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there was no shortage of suggestions for improving school security, ranging from adding more guards to arming teachers.

Departments

Educators and school administrators want touchscreen panels and projectors that not only display content, but support audience participation during presentations.

In his book, Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex, Doug Green examines everything from flipped classrooms, standardized testing to special education.