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. 46, No. 7, July-August

ACLU Appeals Single-Sex Classroom Decision in Louisiana
ROUGHLY 540 PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE United States offer single-sex classrooms. Vermilion Parish (La.) Public School District wants to add to that number--but it won't happen without a fight from the American Civil Liberties Union. Last May, the ACLU...
Bus Driver Training: It Is Not Only about Driving the Bus. Student Management Is Vital to Safety
THE BUS DRIVER OVERHEARD A middle school student say as he was walking off the bus at the end of the day, "I am going to get several of you tomorrow on the bus and blow you away for making fun of me." This illustrates the complexity of driving a...
Central Office Transformation Can Support Teaching and Learning
TO DATE, EMPIRICAL RESEARCH OF THE participation of school district central offices in school improvement efforts has primarily highlighted how central office staff, despite their best efforts, often fail to foster teaching and learning improvement....
Dear Randy
* What is your perspective on a four-day school week, pros and cons? Kathleen Kapusta Independence (Ohio) Local Schools Board of Education Dear Kathleen, In the early 1970s, during the energy crisis, I had the opportunity to teach in...
Enhancing Open Source Technology
A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN Dell and Moodlerooms brings cloud computing, software and open source technology together in the classroom. The result is an online learning application--currently being used in 200-250 districts nationwide--that allows teachers...
Farm Fresh or Fries: How Much Is Good Nutrition Worth?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SPENDING AN ADDITIONAL SIX cents on lunch may seem like a nominal burden. But multiply six cents by the 31 million children who receive school lunches daily and it's a lot of extra fries as Washington faces reauthorizing the...
Gearing Up for the New Assessment: The Next Generation of Standardized Testing Will Focus on Critical Thinking Skills
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD NO CHILD Left Behind Act established for the first time a federal benchmark for student achievement. When the Obama Administration took office last year, the new president promised to stay true to the goals...
Getting in Line for Online Education
ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing students to become tomorrow's leaders, "Learning in the 21st Century: 2010 Trends Update," 27 percent of high school students and 21...
Harvard Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S mounting pressure for states to review their policies for evaluating teacher effectiveness has been met with backlash from education veterans nationwide. A new study released from the Program on Education Policy and Governance...
Improving Graduation Rates with an Innovative Rewards Program
WHEN MANUEL L. ISQUIERDO joined the Sunnyside (Ariz.) Unified School District (SUSD) as superintendent in 2007, school board president Louie Gonzales let him know that there was no time for a honeymoon period. He had to hit the ground running. The...
Motivation Is Key to New Kind of Virtual Learning
A SMALL PILOT STUDY TO TEST the effectiveness of a new type of virtual learning that some K12 districts are using has found that student motivation is the best indicator of success. Pavel Samsonov, an associate professor of educational technology...
New Study Shows Racially Segregated Schools Not Equal
THE CENTER ON EDUCATION Policy released three studies in June summarizing the achievement of minority students since the implementation of No Child Left Behind in 2002. Each of the three studies--analyzing the performances of African-American, Asian,...
No More One-Size-Fits-All Learning: The Federal Government Finally Gets 21st-Century Learning Right
IMAGINE ONLINE LEARNING communities. Personal learning networks. An Internet device for every teacher and student. Ubiquitous access to the Web. If you think those ideas are taken from the latest edition of some fringe, techno-crazed education group,...
Protecting Elementary Students from Harm: High-Profile Missing Student Case Highlights Need for Security Plans
THE CASE OF KYRON HORMAN, a second-grade Oregon student missing from school since June 4, 2010, has generated international attention. The seven-year-old never arrived in his classroom after attending a science fair with his stepmother at his Portland...
Race to the Top or to the Bottom? Overhauling Teacher Evaluation Systems Has the Potential to Undo Some of the Good Work of Past Reforms
THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY has rightly identified teacher quality as the key factor in improving student achievement. Most people would now agree that students must have top quality teachers if students are to reach their potential. No Child Left Behind...
Reforms Aplenty
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S EDUCATION MISSION IS TO BETTER PREPARE American students for the global economy. As President Obama states on barackobama.com, "We need to stop paying lip service to public education, and start holding communities, administrators,...
School Health Has Many Faces
THE BEST PLACE TO RAISE A child in Arkansas, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, is Springdale, a bustling community with a strong agrarian heritage in the northwest corner of the state. The headquarters of massive corporations such as Tyson Foods,...
Seeking Justice in San Francisco: Superintendent Carlos Garcia Is an Outspoken Leader for Students of All Colors and Capabilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CARLOS A. GARCIA, BORN IN CHICAGO TO MEXICAN immigrants, learned about pride in his heritage when he was in kindergarten. As a student at Magnolia Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School...
STEM Education Can Help Prevent the Next Disaster
THE GULF DRILLING EXPLOSION on the Deepwater Horizon caused an unprecedented disaster that left experts scrambling to discover the elusive solution that will halt the unceasing flow of pollutants. The question remains: How do we prevent this kind of...
Teaching for America
Elisa Villanueva Beard is the chief operating officer for Teach For America, a non-profit organization which addresses teacher short-ages by sending graduates from elite colleges, most of whom do not have a background in education, to teach in low-income...
The Golden State Loses Its Luster: After Having a Rich and Unique History as an Education Leader, California Starts to Crumble under Fiscal Uncertainty: The Third of a Three State Series
FROM THE GLAMOUR AND GLITZ OF HOLLYWOOD to the technological hub of Silicon Valley, from the majestic Redwoods to the surfers off the Malibu beaches, California is a state of contrasts in many ways, including its politics. A progressive, largely Democratic...
The Hype Behind Charter Schools: Do We Know Enough about Charter Schools to Justify a Significant Expansion in This Educational Model?
SPURRED BY THE PROSPECT OF being awarded millions in Race to the Top grants, several states have removed or raised caps on the number of charter schools they will allow to be authorized. And financial support for charters has been flowing in from...
The Push for Public Preschool: More Districts Are Seeing the Advantages of School Readiness and Preparing Youngsters for Their K12 Careers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FROM SELECTING APPROPRIATE CURRICULA and teachers to providing classrooms with bathrooms easily accessible to 4-year-olds, public preschool programs present challenges to districts that run the programs, which are designed...
What Will Move the Needle? Only One Technology Has the Potential to Make an Authentic Impact on Student Achievement
"3D TV IMPROVES TEST SCORES." "Whiteboards for all. Great Britain is years ahead. When will we catch up?" "Computing in the cloud changes everything." "The iPad changes everything." So, Ms. Superintendent, how do you choose among a bewildering set...
Wind Power Comes to Illinois Districts with Landmark Legislation
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MOVE, three school districts in Illinois have bonded together to be in the business of wind power. Their joint project not only could benefit the environment but could save millions of dollars. The three districts--Community...