District Administration

District Administration is a product magazine covering education for grades K-12 district leaders. Founded in 1986, it is a monthly publication, published by Professional Media Group L.L.C. The editor is Judy Faust Hartnett.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, March

A Crystal Ball for Student Achievement: Predictive Analysis Is Taking Hold in Some School Districts-And Getting Results
Predicting the future is now in the hands K12 administrators. While for years districts have collected thousands of pieces of student data, educators have been using them only for data-driven decision-making or formative assessments, which give a "rear-view"...
Are You Ready for Common Core Math? 2014 Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
With new Common Core State Standards assessments in K12 mathematics due to be in use by the start of the 2014-2015 school year, many district administrators and teachers do not know what they should know about them now and are not taking steps they...
Building an Ed Tech Dream Team: If You Could Put Together a Staff to Make the Most of Educational Technology in Your District, What Would It Look Like?
At almost every turn over the past decade--from innovative instructional technologies to advanced database management--administrators and teachers have discovered a brave new world in education. But a host of experts in educational technology say that...
Climate Change Is the New Evolution Debate
IN NOVEMBER 2011, THE NATIONAL Science Teachers Association (NSTA) polled its 600,000 members and found that 82 percent had faced skepticism around climate change education from their students, and 54 percent faced skepticism from parents. Most notably,...
Does That Program Really Work? Six Questions to Ask about Research
At MIND Research Institute, we have focused intently on studying the real-world, at-scale effectiveness of ST Math, our visual math software. In the process, we've gained a perspective unique among publishers on what constitutes valid effectiveness...
Fundraisers Fuel the New Tech Network Schools
THE NEW TECH NETWORK, which began in 1996 as a nonprofit school improvement organization, made a splash at the Educon conference in Philadelphia earlier this year, explaining how it reformed 86 schools in 16 states. And the difference with the model...
In a Diverse District, a College Culture Is Born: Ott Led RUSD through a Major Transformation to Improve Teaching and Learning, Supported by the Ball Foundation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] KNOWN FOR ITS CULTURAL diversity, Rowland Unified School District (RUSD) in Rowland Heights, Calif., takes the "unified" in its name very seriously, says Superintendent Maria G. Ott--so seriously that the district's mission...
Minneapolis Guidance Department Boosts Grad Rates with Online Tool
SHELLY LANDRY, MINNEAPOLIS Public Schools' lead counselor and former president of the Minnesota Counselors Association, swears that Naviance has transformed the district's guidance department, which manages nearly 34,570 K12 students. Landry says that...
NEA Offers New Tool to Clear Up 403(b) Plan Confusion
RETIREMENT OPTIONS FOR teachers and other school district employees could previously be compared to the "wild, wild west," says Bruce Corcoran, managing director of institutional development for the K12 market at TIAA-CREF, a nonprofit organization...
Penguin Rescues Colorado School District from Flat Math Scores: Mind Research's ST Math Brings Excitement Back to the Numbers Game
Most teachers wouldn't appreciate giving up the spotlight to a penguin. But at Colorado Springs School District 11, teachers don't seem to mind. That's because their students are hooked on ST Math, MIND Research Institute's innovative program that...
Providing Rigor and College Readiness for All Students: Florida District Promotes Educational Equity with Help from College Board's SpringBoard Program for English and Math
Educational equity is central to the mission of Florida's Polk County Public School System. To achieve that, district educators believe that rigorous coursework and college readiness skills should be available to all students beginning in middle school....
Robert J. Marzano: Robert Marzano Says It Starts with Students and Teachers in Classrooms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EDUCATION REFORM MEANS VERY DIFFERENT THINGS TO different people, President Barack Obama said on a visit last March to a school in Boston. "There is no better economic policy than the one that produces graduates. That's why...
She's Back: Rhee Organization Pushes Legislative Reforms
MICHELLE RHEE IS BACK. RHEE'S grassroots organization, StudentsFirst, metaphorically descended on the state capitol in Alabama last month, ready to persuade state legislators to reform K12 education. With more than one million members, including ...
Small District Makes Big Gains with Online Curriculum, Support: A+ Anywhere Learning System by [K.Sup.12] Helps Ohio School Meet and Exceed State Standards after Period of Struggle
When Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools opened its state-of-the-art campus in 2007, A+ Anywhere Learning System by [K.sup.12] was a major part of the landscape. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Within four years, the elementary building's "School Improvement...
Supporting Student Success through After-School and Expanded Learning Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EFFECTIVE AFTER-SCHOOL AND expanded learning programs can play a vital role in student success. In fact, when researchers at the Harvard Family Research Project analyzed a decade of research and evaluation studies a few years...
Teacher Evaluations Get Reconstructed: New Evaluation Tool Emphasizes Teacher Self-Assessment, PD and Student Data
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PRINCIPAL OBSERVES TEACHER for 50 minutes. Principal completes checklist. Principal tells teacher what she needs to work on. Dublin City (Ohio) Schools did away with this archaic method of teacher evaluation in the 2009-2010...
The Single Largest Education Donor Comes with Controversy: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Offers Struggling Districts a Pot of Gold-But with Strings Attached
For the last decade, in districts big and small, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has emerged as the largest private funder of educational efforts. This began with an initiative around small schools in the early to mid-2000s, mostly abandoned...
Time to Make Our Voices Even Louder: Strong Public Schools for All Our Students Are the Best Investment Our Nation Can Make
THE START OF A NEW YEAR IS A time of resolutions and renewal, but for many of us here in Washington, it seems we can't get rid of old baggage. We are dealing with a Congress that has deep partisan divisions, divisions within parties, and many different...
Tucson Grapples with Ethnic Studies Ban
THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT of Education gave the Tucson Unified School District an ultimatum: Eliminate all ethnic studies courses or face massive financial sanctions. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The district was found out of compliance by the state of...
Two Keys to Profoundly Changing Instruction in America's Classrooms: Transform the Classroom into a Place Where Learn-by-Doing Is Practiced
LET'S BE HONEST. FLIPPING THE classroom and using clickers and other new products can only have a modest impact on student achievement. Why? Because the underlying pedagogy of such innovations is still direct instruction, with a teacher telling students...
Using Data to Predict and Improve Student Outcomes: California District Uses the Measured Progress DATAWISE Platform to Link District and State Assessments, Help Teachers Target Interventions
As school districts strive to meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets, they struggle with two key issues: how to identify students who may not achieve "Proficiency" on state tests, and then how to improve their learning and outcomes. [ILLUSTRATION...
What's Wrong with Math?
There is, of course, nothing wrong with math. Math is wonderful. It's the foundation of science and technology. It lets us describe and discover how the world works. However, there is something very wrong with the way math is taught, and that poses...
Whiteboards Engage Autistic Students in Social Learning
Since the launch of the Apple iPad, educators have touted the tool's ability to engage special education students with autism spectrum disorder through unique, customizable applications and stimulating touchscreen technology. Many still feel, however,...