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Douglas County principal reduces tardies with "class bells" music

Ray Bendici
January, 2017
Principal DeMarcos Holland created “Fantastic Fridays" to interact with K12 students on social media.

Principal DeMarcos Holland, of New Manchester High School in the Douglas County School System in Georgia, has replaced traditional class tardy bells with music, including compositions created by students and teachers. The friendlier sounds have lowered the average number of tardies from between 50 and 60 per day to less than 10.

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. 

K12 leadership network aims to eliminate equity gaps

Avi Asher-Schapiro
January, 2017
Autumn Blanchard, director of marketing and communications, says it’s not a question of will when tackling tough equity issues for district leaders in education. It’s a matter of capacity, support, and the time and space to strategize.

School district leaders in the southern United States looking to tackle equity challenges have some help on the way.

Problem-solving and design thinking drive K12 tech school

Abby Spegman
January, 2017
CREATIVE CONFIDENCE —  Renderings of a new Redwood City d.tech education facility, set to open in 2018, reveal a striking building and eye-pleasing landscape.

Design Tech High School, or d.tech for short, opened in 2014 and is authorized by California’s San Mateo Union High School District. It commits to the concept of design thinking: Students learn to look for problems, understand the cause and empathize with people involved. Then they develop and test solutions, refine, try again, and share their findings.

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