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Pandemic’s purchasing punch: Ed tech procurement in the COVID era

How the pandemic has created technology procurement challenges—and what school district leaders are doing to navigate new purchasing realities.

How to successfully integrate the arts into STEM classrooms

Hands-on arts projects are increasingly being integrated into STEAM classrooms and curricula through collaborative learning spaces, makerspaces, robotics, multidisciplinary projects and virtual learning opportunities.

How schools are designing ‘brain-friendly’ classroom spaces

Brain-friendly schools support different learning styles, promote active involvement, incorporate multimedia, recognize the impact of environmental factors such as noise and lighting, build connections to the world outside the classroom, and encourage community accessibility and involvement.

LAUSD mobilizes efforts to support students after Coronavirus closures

The massive LAUSD effort's centerpiece is $100 million in new spending to provide a district computer to every child in need, and technology training for teachers and students–expenses that could threaten the district’s solvency.

Md. bill pushing raises for school board dies in legislative session

A bill that would have given Montgomery County school board members a raise for the first time in six years failed in this year’s abbreviated state legislative session. The proposed $10,000 raise would have increased board members’ salaries to $35,000 per year.

How cutting into K-12 dissection alternatives piques student interest

Faced with a lack of school lab space and a need for more in-depth medical imaging, district leaders and science educators have been seeking alternatives to real animal dissections in class. 

Girls take flight with drone certification

Girls Take Flight program aims to diversify the students who earn FAA remote pilot certificates on their way to becoming drone operators.

People Watch: Texas district’s board chooses superintendent—with state takeover looming

Gerard Soto will head up Harlandale ISD, following service as executive director of operations.

Construction Watch: Anchorage School Board approves $82.8 million bond proposal

Funding for earthquake-related repairs at Gruening Middle School (pictured), among other infrastructure projects, is included in the Alaska district's 2020 proposal.

People Watch: School District of Indian River County hires David Moore

Moore is moving into the top leadership spot at Indian River County after serving as assistant superintendent for another Florida district.

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