Table of Contents: District Administration, August 2013

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Cover Story

Among the most obvious ways that MOOCs can benefit high school students is by offering courses that would not normally be available

Features

Feature

Outside challenges have inside benefits for students, experts say
Patrick Darfler Sweeney’s master consolidation plan would provide new learning.
Big city school districts grow gardens to teach nutrition, science, and even storytelling
From metrics to methodology, our panel of superintendents provides insight on this hot-button topic
Among the most obvious ways that MOOCs can benefit high school students is by offering courses that would not normally be available

District CIO

Feature

School districts try to craft social media policies that prevent misuse but don't interfere with free speech or educational benefits

CIO News

Report: Students are often using technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis

Solutions

Administrator Profile

Superintendent makes education of the immigrant community much of his life’s work.

Briefings

Common Core Update

A survey released by Enterasys, says 42 percent of schools plan to develop their own tests.
According to a new study, only 11 states and the District of Columbia have high school math graduation requirements aligned to CCSS.

News Update

Douglas County (Colo.) School District restructuring the pay scale so positions most in demand get paid more
“The Heart of Matter” urges educators to keep literature, foreign languages, history, art, and civics as priorities
Westfield (N.J.) Public Schools planning to create connected, collaborative learning community
Texas adult courts saw about 113,000 truancy cases against children ages 12 through 17 in 2012—more than double the number of truancy cases prosecuted in the other 49 states combined
Vallas ordered to leave office after judge ruled he wasn't properly certified for position
The NEA had expected a bigger drop, but there were fewer job cuts in some states
Manor New Tech High and Pathways in Technology Early College High School bringing college-level instruction into classrooms

Departments

State's commissioner of education led Kentucky in being first state to adopt Common Core standards at all grade levels