Table of Contents: District Administration, Feb 2011

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Cover Story

School libraries of the future could be light on books and heavy on digital resources.

Features

Feature

School libraries of the future could be light on books and heavy on digital resources.
Districts employ a variety of programs to address surging ELL enrollment—and dropout rate.
Diane Lewis busts myths as champion of Seminole County’s virtual schools.
A more broadly accepted concept than ever, the arrival of ubiquitous mobile learning in K12 is well under way.

Opinion

Student Counsel

New options for students require more flexibility and inventiveness from their counselors.

Crisis Response

All school personnel should be educated on the warning signs and symptoms.

Solutions

District Profile

At Socorro's Eastlake High School, ninth graders have begun learning Mandarin Chinese using an online tool.

Administrator Profile

Through strategic planning and clever financial reconfiguring, Superintendent William Skilling of Oxford (Mich.) Community Schools is internationalizing education.

Problem/Solution

How Prince George's County (Md.) Public Schools improved their STEM learning subjects to get up to par with their statewide counterparts.

Briefings

News Update

The Common Core State Standards are raising the bar for special education students.
Some districts are finding that whether or not to include religious holidays on the academic calendar should be determined by what works best for each individual community.
Lee's Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District has become the first district in the United States to operate an all-electric distribution fleet.
A new nonprofit organization plans to develop a set of best practices for the development of K12 content, tools and assessments hosted in the cloud.
Social networking has become a quick and efficient way for K12 administrators to gain professional development.
Well-intended school administrators and boards often neglect their own security while putting their focus on safety at school buildings.
In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools gave $50,000 each to three districts recovering from multiple student suicides.

Departments

We focus this month on some of the new technologies and delivery systems that, with pedagogical know-how, will promote the 21st century version of individualized instruction.
The latest in hardware, software, books and materials, facilities and the Internet.
Expanding computing with virtual desktops.