Table of Contents: District Administration, October 2011

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Cover Story

As districts pull back, fair organizers promote STEM and recruit young scientists, and corporations are offering national competitions to fill the void.

Features

Feature

A rigorous academic approach combined with the opportunity to save time and money is a powerful motivator for at-risk students.
A renewed emphasis on this math course can make or break a pupil’s success in school.
How will the state’s new education commissioner and governor impact K12 momentum?
Combining face-to-face and virtual instruction addresses all learners in the pursuit of 21st century skills.

District CIO

CIO News

The jury is still out on whether or not Google+ will be right for K12 public schools.
CIO's have a need for interoperability standards that allow them to assemble multiple, cloud-based tools and services into one.
Over 150 school districts in Illinois have teamed up to share software and technology through a one-of-its-kind nonprofit cloud-computing consortium.

Tech @ Work

Andy Berning, Director of Technology, Carrollton-Farmers Branch (Texas) ISD.

Feature

A Web-based computing environment means fewer hardware purchases and a tremendous cost savings.

Opinion

Online Edge

As the Web continues to challenge traditional education models, educators have a lot to relearn.

Going Mobile

After billions of dollars spent, the impact on student achievement of computer use in K12 has been essentially zero.

Professional Opinion

The case for local innovation that goes above and beyond requirements.

Solutions

District Profile

Shortly after Superintendent Robert Duron arrived in San Antonio (Texas) Independent School District in 2006, he began to raise the bar.

Administrator Profile

Lizzy Kloiber, secondary curriculum director of Celina (Texas) Independent School District knew the district needed coaches, and was determined to find a way to pay for them.

Briefings

News Update

School districts add external cameras to increase student safety.
Palm Beach County (Fla.) School District turned to a new user-friendly program using Google maps.
Transparency, student data and modernization were the goals of Oklahoma State Education Superintendent Janet Barresi when she took office.
States have until Oct. 19 to submit applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge
The rural community of Chapman, Kan., school district's restoration project will be completed January 2012.
Seven organizations have united to provide advice on issues related to the implementations of the mathematics curriculum and assessments
The School District of Manatee County (Fla.) has implemented a new wellness program.
Northeast Yucai Oxford International High School, a first-of-its-kind public school, opened its doors in Shenyang, China, this fall.
People in the news.

Departments

The latest in hardware, software, books & materials, facilities and the Internet.
Recommended reading for district leaders.
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