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K12 leadership network aims to eliminate equity gaps

School district leaders in the southern United States looking to tackle equity challenges have some help on the way. Administrators who want to make changes can apply for a fellowship designed to give them more effective resources to help eliminate racial and economic disparities across their districts.

Strapping in students on buses gains some speed

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.

Problem-solving and design thinking drive K12 tech school

Design Tech High School opened in 2014. 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.

Report details privacy concerns of security upgrades in schools

With increased technological surveillance to protect and monitor students has come deep consequences for student privacy and equity, according to a new report from the National Association of State Boards of Education.

A U.S. teacher’s perspective on the Finnish education system

We constantly hear how America’s education system is broken and performs below the level of other countries. I recently returned from a trip to Finland where I wanted to understand why its students perform at such a high level.

Books: Recommended reading for K12 district leaders

District Administration shares four titles on improving teachers, engaging science students, evaluating second languages and teaching media literacy.

Product Focus: Enhancing education with assistive technology

As education content becomes available in more digital forms—videos, software programs and apps—adapting platforms for student use is critical to help those with special needs access information as easily as do their classmates.

New teacher prep rules face uncertain future in schools

Regulations proposed under the Obama administration to improve transparency around teacher preparation require states to provide a lot of data—including retention rates, feedback from graduates and student learning outcomes. But it’s unclear whether the Trump administration will maintain the policy.

Family sets tradition of school leadership

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.

Top K12 stories of 2016

As we face a new year with a new president, District Administration looks back on 2016 to consider the biggest and most influential stories in K12 education. Will they continue to be important in 2017? Will school leaders find better solutions? Will we see improvements?