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Family sets tradition of school leadership

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
PRUSATOR SUMMIT—The Prusator education superintendents get together about four times per year, sometimes bouncing ideas off each other. They joke that one of them will “get it right.” Clockwise from top left, Jeff Prusator, Todd Prusator, father, Robert, who is retired, and Bob Prusator.

School superintendency is a family business for the Prusators. Todd Prusator leads Community Consolidated School District 231 in a small community 70 miles west of Chicago. His two brothers, Bob and Jeff, also are Illinois superintendents, all within about 30 miles of each other in the northwest corner of the state. 

Strapping in students on buses gains some speed with schools

Mackenzie Ryan
January, 2017
SEAT BELTS MAKE THEM SIT—New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina is adding seat belts to some buses as part of a state study. Ken Nance, transportation director, says just having students staying put in their seats reduces distractions to bus drivers, two of whom are pictured above.

More districts are adding seat belts to their bus fleets, following the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s 2015 recommendation that “every child on every school bus” needs a seat belt. 

Top K12 stories of 2016

Ariana Fine
January, 2017
Interest in virtual reality is becoming an increasing reality in public schools as ed-tech companies offer more cost-effective devices.

As we face a new year with a new president, Newsletter Editor Ariana Fine looked back on 2016 to consider the biggest and most influential stories in K12 education. 

6 ways to improve professional development in STEM

Larry Plank and Tomeka F. Thompson
January, 2017
Larry Plank is director of K-12 STEM education in Hillsborough County Public Schools (Fla.). Tomeka F. Thompson is the MSP program coordinator in Polk County Public Schools (Fla.).

High-quality instruction in science, math, engineering and technology requires both teaching expertise and content knowledge. Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had specialized education or training in science.

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