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. 38, No. 2, February

Bitter Feelings Remain between Jailed New Jersey Teachers and Parents. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
The striking teachers in Middletown, N.J., are back in their classrooms, but the community is not back to normal. There is still a painful rift between teachers and parents, says Jack DeTalvo, superintendent of the Middletown Township District that...
Education Bill Finally Passes; Draws Fire from National Associations. (Legislation)
The No Child Left Behind education bill, signed in January, was a bit of a split decision for President Bush. The bill represents a significant shift in federal education policy by forcing schools to be accountable for their students' learning by...
Everything Old Is New Again: Here Are Three Notable Renovations That Can Help Guide You through Your District's Current or Upcoming Work. (Focus: School building)(Cover Story)
The average public school in America is 42 years old. More than a quarter are over 50 years old, leading the National Education Association to estimate that it will take about $322 billion to modernize U.S. public schools. Why? Deferred maintenance...
Hostage Negotiator Becomes Superintendent: From College Dropout to Volunteer Worker in the Mideast to Hostage Negotiator, This Superintendent Cuts through Adversity and Tension Naturally. (Administrator Profile)
Bill Keim is not your typical superintendent. He dropped out of college his first time around. He traveled the Middle East to help children and then operated an orphanage in Bethlehem. He even helped negotiate the release of American hostages in...
Identifying That One Thing: A Simple Approach to Program Evaluation. (Understanding the Times)
Simple approaches often work best. They can be especially effective when tackling complex challenges like evaluating academic programs, administrative systems and organizational practices. But coming up with simple approaches that actually work...
Making Performance-Based Learning Work: This Alaska School District Junked Its Traditional Education System and Was Rewarded with a Baldrige Award. (District Profile)
Imagine having to fly in a twin-engine airplane to visit one of your schools. Average round-trip price: $2,500. But, there is no other way, and worse yet, weather frequently interferes. "Sometimes, you have to turn around," says Bob Crumley. ...
Memphis District Gives Cash Incentives to Nationally Certified Teachers. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Teachers in Memphis, Tenn., stand to add $6,000 to $10,000 to their annual salaries thanks to a new incentive program. The increases will go to teachers who earn National Board Certification--the highest teaching certification available. The...
Mind Matters: What Brain-Based Research Means for Educators and for the Future of Math, Language Arts, Foreign Language, the Arts and Special Education
We remember that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492; that Jimmy's father, the fire chief, showed us how to "Stop, Drop and Roll"; and that crabs shed their shells, a lesson we learned while soaking in the briny smell of salt water during a fourth-grade...
Minnesota Districts Drop Plans for a Four-Day School Week. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
It can't be easy to have Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on your case. Two superintendents--one in Elk River, the other in Osseo--took heat from the governor and parents for advocating a four-day school week to save on transportation and energy costs....
New Tools Can Assist in Presentations. (New Products: Tools for Schools)
Canon, www.usa.canon.com Hardware, $4,699 (projector) and $899 (scanner) When you've got a bright idea to share--whether it's with staff or students--the last thing you want to worry about is the room's lighting. Canon's new LV-7345 plug-and-play...
Pencils, Not Missiles. (Editor's Letter)
As I write this, it's been nearly four months since the terrorist attacks changed this country. To date, I haven't covered the topic in my monthly letter, and the magazine has not devoted much space to this story or the fallout it has caused, and...
Report: Asian Studies Are Lacking in Schools. (Social Studies)
Nine out of 10 adults say it's important for students to study Asia in school, and more than seven in 10 students want to learn more about Asia-related topics, including languages, literature, art, music, history and politics. According to Asia...
Research Organization Criticized for Selling Student Data. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Each year, teachers and guidance counselors across the country collect more than two million surveys from students, who offer their names, addresses, grade-point averages, backgrounds and social views. The survey is sponsored by the National Research...
Schools Gone Bad: Mold, Lead, Toxic Air and Ground Pollutants Are Attacking the Nation's Schools. Here Are Some Examples of Sick Schools and Ways to Prevent Potential Health Problems among Students and Staff. (Focus: School Building)
In Elmira, N.Y., more than two dozen current and former students, teachers and custodial workers of Southside High School, which was built on a former industrial site, have cancer. Is there a connection? In Hartford County, Md., Edgewood Middle...
Should Students Grade One Anothers' Work? the Supreme Court Will Decide. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Kristja Falvo, a mother of four, started the legal right to change the practice of students correcting one anothers' papers. That was 1998, when her son, Philip, was in sixth grade in Owasso, Okla. She says he was called "dummy" and "stupid" because...
Speeding Forward: This Year's K-12 Winners Offer More Complex and Comprehensive Curriculum Applications Than Ever before. (Curriculum Web Site Awards 2002)
As schools' Internet use takes advantage of the explosive growth in complex digital content, schools need Internet access that can support rich interactive multimedia and real-time applications. Therefore high-speed Web connectivity is rapidly becoming...
Supporting Tech Leadership: These Regional Groups Offer Sound Advice and Training. (the Online Edge)
When a K-12 administrator asked me to recommend technology leadership resources, first on my list were the Web sites of the Regional Technology in Education Consortia. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the "R-TECs" are located in 10 regions...
The New Three-Fifths Compromise: Why Won't the Supreme Court Treat Children as People, Too? (Speaking Out)
As a kid I grew up singing "Kids are People Too" along with Wonderama TV host Bob McAllister. Ever since I've believed that kids are people with all the rights and privileges afforded to other citizens. Apparently, members of the Supreme Court and...
The Science of Food Safety. (Science)
In classrooms across America, students are frying hamburgers. But it's not for home economics. Through an experiment where they test the amount of cultured bacteria inside the burgers with various cooking temperatures (and then test cheese for cross-contamination...