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. 5, May

3D and Far Out: Take One Part Equipment, One Part Training, Mix with Enthusiasm. What Do You Get? A Multimedia Program That Propels Students to Push the Limits of Traditional Education. (Focus: multimedia)(Cover Story)
Imagine: You're standing behind a camera in outer space and watching Earth rotate in front of you. The camera zooms away, Earth gets smaller, without warning, an orange/reddish light shoots past you. You hear a loud "boom" as the entire planet explodes...
A Quiet Storm Brings Change: This North Carolina Superintendent Boosted the Achievements of Minorities, in Part, by Creating Needed Programs and Increasing His District's Budget. (Administrator Profile)
Take a troubled urban school district with almost two dozen non-performing schools, impoverished students and racial imbalance and what do you get? A recipe for educational disaster? No. A challenge, says Eric J. Smith, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg...
A Time and a Place: Research Shows That Students Achieve More When Schools Recognize and Respect Languages Other Than "Standard Written English." So, Why Have Educators Been Slow in Adopting Corresponding Practices? (Focus: Reading/language Arts)
"We ain't where we supposed to be." When a teacher walking through the hallway at Newson Park Elementary School of Newport News (Va.) City Public Schools overheard these words, she pulled the third-grade culprit out of line and told him that "ain't"...
Can Schools Help Curb the Teen Drinking Epidemic? (Notebook: Usable Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Nearly one-third of high school students binge drink--or, in plain language, drink to get drunk--at least once per month. Teen Tipplers: America's Underage Drinking Epidemic, released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia...
Capturing What Teachers See: How Technology Powers Observational Assessment. (21St Century Assessment)
Long, long ago, in some mythical classroom of the lost world, if you wanted to know how well a student was learning, you'd just ask the teacher. Teachers then not only had eyes in the back of their heads, but powerful eyes all around that could...
Computer in a Key Chain. (New Products)
M-Systems, www.diskonkey.com, Hardware, $49.99-$199.99 (8MB-256MB available) What's smaller than a pen, fits on a key chain, and allows you to move documents and other files seamlessly between home and work, as well as between a Mac and a PC?...
Conflict Resolution: Conflict Is Inevitable. So, When You Think about Keeping Your Schools Safe, Consider Communication. (Focus: Safety & Violence Prevention)
Images of students fleeing deadly shooting sprees in 1998-99 in Colorado and Arkansas set a new tone in classrooms nationwide. Then there was the plot in 1999, to kill six faculty members in a small Kansas City school. It was foiled by police....
Gates Foundation Gives $40 Million to Create New High Schools. (Notebook: Usable Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating $40 million to create 70 special high schools for the disadvantaged. Saying that the last years of high school are often "squandered academically," and that too many disadvantaged students drop out...
Implementing Hands-On Programs: These NSF-Supported Curriculum Centers Offer Valuable Online Resources. (the Online Edge)
The National Science Foundation has arguably done more to improve K-12 science, mathematics and technology education in the United States than any other sponsoring agency. Starting decades ago, the NSF funded the development of large-scale programs...
In Search of the Holy Grail: Better Living through Turkey Jerky and Other "Amazing" Products. (Speaking Out)
On the front seat of a New Orleans taxi was a television the cabbie managed to watch while driving. The TV was tuned to an infomercial for a miracle home food dehydrator. The show demonstrated all of the ways in which this amazing technology would...
Keeping the ABCs in the Classroom and off the Report Card; Are Letter Grades Really Important? One Upstate New York District Not Only Thinks They Aren't, but Is Eliminating Letter Grades in Favor of a Benchmarking System. (District Profile)
What is insane? In Niagara Falls, N.Y., residents are used to crazy behavior. Besides the disconcerting monthly suicides, there are the stunts. People have walked tightropes over Niagara Falls, gone over in barrels, big plastic balls, kayaks, even...
Lovin' Learning
This letter was supposed to update on the education of my five-year-old, Ethan. I introduced you to Ethan in November when I chronicled the decision my wife and I made to send him to a Montessori school and delay kindergarten for a year. But...
One Size Doesn't Fit All. (Notebook: Usable Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Schools fail. This is a hard fact for school districts across the country. Districts are desperate for ways to bring failing schools and the students who drop out of them back into the educational fold. One approach that seems to be working is the...
Opus One: Critics of Computers in Education Often Argue the Investment in Technology Detracts from the Arts. This Does Not Need to Be the Case. Increasingly Powerful and Easy-to-Use Music Hardware and Software Can Rejuvenate Any School Music Program
Did you ever wonder how Stevie Wonder can play just one keyboard and yet produce an orchestra of sounds? The easy answer is because of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface. The MIDI is essentially a networking protocol that allows musical instruments,...
Q&A with Joseph Baust Sr. of the North American Association for Environmental Education. (Science)
Q: Where should environmental studies fit into the school curriculum? A: Environmental education [fits] nicely into any component of a classroom curriculum, as the umbrella from which all subjects can be taught or as a part of social studies,...
Recruiting Teachers from the Ranks of the Unemployed. (Notebook: Usable Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
The recession has hit many industries, including technology. Even though economic indicators point to an upcoming recovery, there are still many displaced professionals. It hasn't escaped the notice of several district human resource directors that...
Superintendent Hires Investigator to Ferret out Non-Residents. (Notebook: Usable Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
It happens in many districts. Students lie about where they live in order to be educated in a better school district. Such was the case in Mainland Regional High School District in Linwood, N.J. There school Superintendent Edwin Coyle went above...
Talking Heads: A Former Secret Service Agent Shares Tips for Thwarting Possible Violence in His District. (Focus: Safety & Violence Prevention)
It's an age-old tradition, something that has been around since the beginning of modern man. Some experts say it is the core of any violence prevention or safety technique around. It's talking. "Having alarms, lights, cameras, ... that is fine,"...
The Fine Line: It's a Never-Ending Question between School Boards and Superintendents: Who Has Authority over What Issues and How Can Both Sides Coexist Peacefully and Effectively?
Earlier this year, a superintendent in Prince George's County, Md., was fired by the school board, temporarily reinstated after a Sunday evening circuit court session and redeemed by an antiquated state law. This all happened during 10 whirlwind...
The Heart and Soul of Education: Remember to Focus on the Power of Learning and Not the Importance of School. (Understanding the Times)
I was sitting in my 12th grade physics class, carving my initials into the top of my desk. It wasn't that I believed physics to be irrelevant; to the contrary, though I knew little about physics, I concluded that it had to be important. After all,...
U.S. Supreme Court Weighs a New Kind of School Test. (Government Spotlight: The Latest News from and about Education from the U.S. Government)
Education officials await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to determine if they can test students for drug use. Of course, schools already have the OK to test student athletes, but the outcome of the current case, heard in March, will determine if schools...