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. 8, September

A Brick-and-Mortar Space for Online School
Facing the twin specter of state and local budget cuts, Falcon School District 49 in Peyton, Colo., has done "some pretty radical things" with technology that have enabled the district to survive without drastic staff cuts, according to Kim McClelland,...
Can K12 Get What Medicine Is Getting? A Shot of Incentives for Education Is Needed
Education and medicine have seen significant increases in costs, but limited increases in benefits. Interestingly, computerization has been brought to the "back office" (record keeping, accounting, etc.) in both areas, but the front office, where doctors...
Find Better Success on Search Engines This Fall
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE YOUR GOOGLE SEARCHES when looking for instructional resources? If your results are sub-par, you're not alone. According to a survey that assessed how educators search for online materials, only 25 percent...
Gesturing to Learn: Video Game Technology Is in Motion in Loudoun County Schools. (District Profile:
Students at Steuart W. Weller Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., toss darts, play guitar, dance like rock stars, raft down rapids, and talk to youngsters in Romania. Yet there are no darts, no instruments, no DJs, no white water and no expensive international...
Getting the Best ROI in Technology: The Latest, Greatest Tools Won't Buy You Success without a Plan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do school district leaders receive even close to a full return on investment for 21st-century technologies like online learning, videoconferencing and interactive whiteboards? Technology vendors and their most engaged, enthusiastic...
How Different Do Your Schools Look This Year from Last Year?
What changes have you accomplished that will make this school year different from last? In an era of having to doing more with less, what progress have you made? Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State...
Making Skin Cancer Awareness a Priority in Schools
IN LATE JUNE, TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SISTERS IN Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools came home from a field day sunburned so badly that their mother rushed them to the hospital. Aside from being fair skinned, one girl, Zoe, has albinism, making her particularly...
Measuring the "Immeasurable": What Do We Lose by Focusing on What Is Easy to Measure?
Every time I get a chance to talk to parents, I ask them this question. "What do you most want your children to get out of their school experience?" The answers, by and large, are not surprising. "I want them to be good at solving the problems they're...
N.J. Salary Caps Cause Superintendents to Flee
Roy Montesano had a distinguished career in New Jersey, where he had been a middle school science teacher and principal, a director of curriculum and technology, and for the past 12 years, a superintendent in the Westwood and Ramsey school districts....
Parent Trigger Law Taking Effect
SINCE THE LAW WENT INTO effect in December 2010, the trigger had yet to be pulled on California's Parent Trigger Law--that is, until a Southern California Superior Court ruled July 23 in favor of a group of parents from the Desert Trails Elementary...
Postgraduation for Special Needs Students: Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities Help Them Move Forward into the Workforce And/or College
Special education occupies a large part of the mission--and budget--of many school districts. With learning disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia each estimated to affect more than 10 percent of the school-age population, special education teachers...
Potential Pitfalls of Using Race in the K12 Admissions Process: The New Guidelines Issued by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Pose Risks for School Districts That Employ Them
The issue of whether race can or should play a role in school admissions has long plagued school districts and the courts. As districts across the country struggle to achieve diversity in a legally permissible way, whether and to what extent race may...
Power Your Interactive Classroom with Projectors
According to the Society for Information Display (SID), the key feature educators consider when purchasing new projectors is image quality. Manufacturers provide resolution, brightness and contrast figures to evaluate performance, but these specifications...
Protecting Children in the 21st Century: To Keep Children Safe, It Is Necessary to Ensure That They Have the Values and Skills to Make Good Choices
The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act added a provision to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requiring that schools that receive E-rate and other technology funds educate minors about appropriate online behavior. This includes...
Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Spreads: A National Resolution to Limit Standardized Testing Is Gathering Support
Arising tide of protest is sweeping across the nation as growing numbers of parents, teachers, administrators and academics take action against high-stakes testing. Instead of test-and-punish policies, which have failed to improve academic performance...
Rick & Becky Dufour: Professional Learning Communities at Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1969, a concern with the deep inequity of students' experiences and opportunities in traditional school systems first drove social studies teacher Rick DuFour to begin advocating for the kind of reforms that would jell...
School Bus Brings Summer Meals to Rural Students
ONE SNAFU WITH SUMMER MEAL PROGRAMS that offer free meals to children--particularly in rural districts--is that more often than not, the students who need the meals the most are the ones that do not have transportation to get to the feeding sites....
Shaping a Digital Decade for M-DCPS: Debbie Karcher Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Debbie Karcher has worked in IT with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 27 years. After seventeen years with the district, she worked in the private sector for Amadeus and Motorola, returning in 2001 as CIO. She manages...
Telling Teachers They Are Irreplaceable
ON JULY 30, THE NEW TEACHER Project (TNTP), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap, released a study that, according to David Keeling, vice president of communications, tells a story of systemic neglect for our nation's best teachers....
Testing Isn't the Problem: A Robust Curriculum and High-Quality Teaching Is the Answer
A friend of mine is in the midst of a yearlong quest to lose 20 pounds before her high school reunion. She starts each day by stepping onto a bathroom scale to measure her progress. The results are not coming as quickly as she would like. Of course,...
Three Essential Shifts in Learning: An Eighth-Grader Teaches a Course on 21st-Century Schools
I recently asked a group of middle school students to name their favorite use of technology for learning. An eager eighth-grade girl said, "My work has gotten so much better since we started using Facebook to do homework at night in my math class....
Turning around Kentucky: This Turnaround Expert Has Used Formative Assessment (and Common Sense) to Raise Achievement in Three Districts in Six Years
The resounding cry from Joshua Powell supporters, the Kentucky superintendent who in six years turned two underperforming districts into successful ones, is that his method "actually works." His first job as superintendent was at Cloverport Independent...
What Is TED-Ed's Role in Today's Classroom?
TED-ED, AN ONLINE CONTENT associated with TED conferences, went live in April with the goal of enhancing classroom lessons and inspiring lifelong learning. It is similar to Khan Academy, but the videos are made by teachers from around the world rather...