Table of Contents: District Administration, April 2014

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Features

Feature

Giving students a much-needed brain break—and academic boost—with exercises in class
Added awareness, training and practice protect staff and students from violence
Fortune 500 companies support education initiatives that blend philanthropy and pragmatism
Derogatory stereotypes in school team names face slow change

District CIO

Feature

District leaders tackle bandwidth demand with different solutions

CIO News

Districts must have sufficient bandwidth and hardware
When administrators contract with a third-party vendor, schools are subject to that vendor’s privacy policies

Opinion

Professional Opinion

Changing the homework structure for greater student success
Creating a system of training and support for instructional technology
Helping K12 educators comfortably embrace diverse learning tools

Solutions

District Profile

After growing from a good district to a great one, Douglas County Schools is getting a lot of attention

Briefings

News Update

Quest to Learn schools are organized around games and connected learning
School Makeover brings corporations and large organizations in to refresh buildings
Traveling high-tech fair is meant to demonstrate the fun side of engineering
Fordham Institute offers lessons to district leaders as they continue to implement standards
Boys will get more competitive, fast-paced activities; girls school will focus on more collaborative learning
Autism Expressed was developed by a high school special education teacher in Philadelphia
Revised exam will be more closely tied to high school curriculum

Curriculum Update

Students in town where race starts learning about weather, nutrition and history

People Watch

Also: Courtney Voshell, of Dover High School in Del., named assistant principal of the year

Departments

A guide to one segment of education technology
Recommended reading includes books on the levers that improve learning and creating student-engaged assessment systems
How an ‘outsider’ looked at the big picture in education to see what others don’t