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District Administration, July 2018

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Features

The 45 schools and systems recognized by this year’s District of Distinction program have created homegrown initiatives to support students’ social-emotional development, to provide powerful new opportunities for career-focused STEM learning and to improve the skills of educators.

District CIO

Up-to-date school floor plans and detailed images can be the difference between life and death when first responders are racing against time to find a shooting suspect or to rescue survivors after a natural disaster.

School districts will likely deal with network failures or breaches. To recover effectively, district technology professionals can respond with the following strategies.

Opinion

Here, a few superintendents elaborate on the advantages of blogging.

Incorporating high-quality resources to support ELL students can have a stark impact on whether they succeed. At High School of World Cultures, we have been able to pinpoint four best practices for evaluating ELL resources.

Briefings

Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, has enacted new districtwide safety measures. Runcie will expand mental health services and training for students, and will provide an active-assailant training curriculum for staff.

Every school will also have a single point of entry and a resource officer or armed security guard, among other protections.

A recent study of completed and ongoing superintendent tenure in the 100 largest school districts shows that the average completed tenure is 6.16 years, while the current ongoing average is 3.8 years.

Source: The Broad Center, May 2018

The K12 transportation landscape is getting increasingly complex, as districts wrestle with issues ranging from school choice and questions of equity to how to subsidize mass transit for urban students.

Jeremy Baugh, principal at Lew Wallace School 107 in Indianapolis, has implemented the Opportunity Culture initiative, where excellent teachers receive higher salaries to coach teams of educators.

Math understanding at the elementary and middle school levels has increased over the last 30 years, but has stagnated in high school.

As privacy concerns surge ever higher, some educators are pushing to replace the concept of “digital footprints”—the trail of data created by internet use—with “digital tattoos.”

In fall 2017, an elementary school art teacher in Mansfield ISD in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade students with a slide show about her life. It included a photo of her partner, who the teacher presented as her future wife.

Departments

Digital book platforms now provide more than just reading materials.

Lori Peek, the director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, recently helped write FEMA guidelines for protecting schools against natural hazards.