Micah Ward

Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

How divisive concepts are shaping K12 education

More than 40% of teachers believe current curriculum-related debates have had a negative impact on their job, according to the Pew Research Center. What do these topics include?

Superintendent’s Playbook: Interviewing at a new district? Leave your vision at the door

When Neil Gupta was interviewing for the top spot at Ohio's Oakwood Schools this time last year, he was asked what his vision for the district was. Can leaders provide such a response without conversing with their community first?

How AI is enabling students—and teachers—to create their best work

Technology is supporting schools in their mission to provide engaging instruction, but some hurdles bar administrators from achieving technological innovation. Is edtech advancing too rapidly?

‘Talking Out of School’ podcast: What it’s like being a new superintendent in 2024

In this episode, we sit down with Denise Watts, superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in Georgia, to learn how her first year as a superintendent is going and what it takes to thrive as a new district leader.

The pandemic’s impact still worries K12 parents. Here’s why

"The way school went with COVID got my twins so far behind," one parent said in a new report. Which interventions can help reverse its effects?

Bus staffing and routing problems leave districts scrambling for solutions

North Carolina's Durham Public Schools was closed on Monday due to a lack of available drivers. Another district is potentially cutting routes dramatically to compensate for staff shortages.

Missed FETC 2024? Here are some of the highlights

In this week's webinar, the Future of Education Technology Conference invited special guests to share what made this year's event so special.

Your FETC 2024 recap, narrated by AI

As we reflect on the best moments of 2024's National Future of Education Technology Conference, one observation stands out: The future of education is artificial intelligence. So, to welcome this inevitable force, what better way than to break down the event than through AI itself?

‘Talking Out of School’ podcast: AASA 2024 National Superintendent of the Year Finalist Joe Gothard

Keeping students at the center of every conversation. This idea has been central to Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard's success in his district. Listen how he's pathing the way for students in episode two of DA's "Talking Out of School" podcast.

Student-school counselor ratios are improving. Is it enough?

There were about 385 students for every school counselor in the 2022-23 school year, a sizeable improvement from the previous year. Meanwhile, schools are still battling an ongoing mental health crisis.

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