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. 44, No. 13, December

A New Test for the 21st Century, Literally
ALL THE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE more emphasis on technology skills in schools may be paying off, as steps have been taken to nationally test, for the first time, students' technology literacy. WestEd, a nonprofit educational research agency, was recently...
A Push for Sustainable Teacher Learning
TODAY'S YOUNG STUDENTS ARE getting a little help from some national technology leaders--in particular, a push for more ongoing and relevant professional development for their present and future teachers. The State Educational Technology Directors...
Building the Best Auditorium: Schools Bring Down the House with New and Improved Performing Arts Facilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BUILDING A QUALITY AUDITORIUM HAS NEVER COME AT A CHEAP PRICE. AND in today's economy, a $750,000 minimum price tag just for sound, lighting, stage rigging and seats can seem exorbitant. "And that's in a low construction cost...
Creating Student Editors: If You're Not Reading the Web Critically, You're Not Literate
HERE'S A QUICK THREE-QUESTION quiz for you to take: 1. How do you find out who owns a particular domain address or Web site? 2. Besides a typical Google search, how might you find more information about the author of an article that you just...
Dallas' Failures Can Be Remedied
THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (DISD) IS $64 MILLION in the red, with the possibility of an $84 million deficit by the end of the year. An accounting error resulted from when average teacher salaries were miscalculated in making budget projections....
Desperately Seeking Special Ed Teachers: U.S. School Districts Seek Qualified Special Educators. Offering Supportive Principals, Strong Mentoring Programs and Inclusive Training Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE dearth of special education teachers has created huge headaches for district human resources departments, especially in suburban and rural areas. In addition to insufficient numbers of candidates applying...
Excelling against the Cultural Tide
MICHAEL SIPSER, THE HEAD OF MIT's math department, said recently in a New York Times article, "There is something about the culture in American society today which doesn't really seem to encourage men or women in mathematics" ("Math Skills Suffer in...
Missouri District Brings Struggling Learners Up to Snuff
PROBLEM WHEN BOSNIAN WAR REFUGEES looked for a safe haven in the United States after fleeing their homeland in the 1990s, many of them settled in St. Louis, Mo. Some of them eventually ended up in nearby Bayless, where they joined refugees and immigrants...
NCLB Gets Last Makeover under Bush-But Is It Better?
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION MARGARET Spellings issued in October the long-awaited final regulations to strengthen the No Child Left Behind law, focusing on improved accountability and transparency, improved parental notification for supplemental services...
Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools: WWW.Ocps.Net
THE ORANGE COUNTY (FLA.) Public School District is located in central Florida. It serves over 178,000 students and has approximately 21,500 employees. OCPS boasts 126 "high-performing schools." Design The design and layout of this site is polished...
Righting the Writing Process: Improving Instruction with Assessment Tools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PROMPTED BY THE FEDERAL NO Child Left Behind law and state mandates for improved proficiency in writing and other skills, district leaders have intensified their focus on writing in elementary and middle schools. Many are...
Sharpening a District's Leadership Model: Choosing the Right Governance Model Will Lead to Higher Student Achievement
Second of a Two-Part Series TO CREATE AN INTEGRATED BOARD SELF-ASSESSMENT and superintendent evaluation process, you must develop a school leadership model by adopting a coherent governance model. At the same time, you must also develop goals at...
Special Education's Challenges: Isolation and Lack of Administrative Support Can Challenge Special Ed Teachers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FEELINGS OF ISOLATION, TOO LITTLE TIME WITH students, lack of administrative support, and increasing demands are challenges facing special education teachers and contributing to teacher shortages. If we are to provide the...
Superintendent Brings Financial Stability and Educational Improvement
WHEN TWO OF FIVE SCHOOLS in the Hazel Crest (Ill.) School District 152.5 had closed after years of bad decisions Shelia Harrison-Williams was hired to try to revive the almost bankrupt district. The three remaining schools had been placed "In Status"...
The Broad Prize for Urban Education
It was a treat to attend the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education awards ceremony on October 14. This prize, given annually by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, is the nation's largest K12 public education award and is given to five large urban...
Under Attack: New Jersey Has Laid out a Plan of Attack against Small Districts
IN NEARLY 20 YEARS AS A SMALL district administrator, I have participated in two formal regionalization studies, conducted by the boards of education of two or more school districts considering consolidation. In each of these studies data revealed...
Vouchers under the Radar
THERE MAY NOT BE A MORE divisive issue than school vouchers in the public versus private education debate, but a new trend toward something a little more sneaky may be changing the landscape. They're called tax credit vouchers, or "neovouchers,"...
Why Hands-On Science Isn't Enough
THE SUBJECT OF SCIENCE LENDS itself naturally to lab experiments, field experiences and other "hands-on" activities. If well implemented, such activities can engage students and significantly increase learning. But if science education is to prepare...